Winter Storm Maya Will Hammer the Midwest, Northeast With Snow, Ice Through Wednesday

(Winter Storm Maya will impact the Midwest and Northeast through Wednesday.)

  • Winter Storm Maya will continue to hammer the Midwest and Northeast through Wednesday.
  • Heavy snow and strong winds will impact the upper Midwest.
  • Accumulating ice will slicken roads and may trigger power outages and tree damage.
  • Parts of the Interstate 95 corridor in the Northeast will see a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain before changing to rain.

Winter Storm Maya is dumping more heavy snow and accumulating ice, snarling travel in the Midwest and Northeast.

Happening Now

An expansive swath of snow stretches from the upper Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes and Northeast.

(TheINTERACTIVE: Current Animated Radar)

Parts of Iowa, southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin have already picked up over 6 inches of snow, with moderate to heavy snow still falling.

One-quarter to one-half inch ice accumulation was reported in Chicagoland, including O'Hare Airport, with power outages reported. Precipitation has now changed to snow over most of the metro area.

Freezing rain is continuing in parts of southern Lower Michigan, northern Indiana and northern Ohio, including parts of the Detroit metro area. Some vehicle slideoffs were reported in Battle Creek, Michigan, where at least one-tenth inch ice has already accumulated.

In the Northeast, snow has overspread parts of northern and central Pennsylvania, western and central New York.

Freezing rain and drizzle is falling from parts of northeast Maryland into Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Minor ice accumulations have been reported in Philadelphia and Millville, New Jersey.

Winter Alerts

Winter storm warnings continue in parts of the upper Midwest from Iowa to Michigan, as well as in the Northeast from the West Virginia Panhandle to northern Maryland, Pennsylvania, northwestern New Jersey, New York and New England.

Ice storm warnings have been issued for parts of northern Illinois, southeast Lower Michigan, northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, including Chicagoland, where significant icing may lead to tree damage and power outages.

Winter weather advisories have been posted from parts of the upper Midwest to the southern Great Lakes, including Detroit and Minneapolis / St. Paul, as well as from portions of the central Appalachians to the Northeast, including Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

(LATEST NEWS: Winter Storm Maya Impacts)

Current Winter Alerts

(From the National Weather Service.)

Maya Timing

Tuesday-Tuesday Night

  • Widespread snow and strong winds will continue to impact the upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes.
  • A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is expected in parts of the southern Great Lakes.
  • Snow, sleet and freezing rain will also impact parts of the Northeast from Pennsylvania and the West Virginia Panhandle to New Jersey, New York and New England.
  • The precipitation should change to rain in most areas from Philadelphia southward during the day.
  • The wintry weather may impact the Tuesday afternoon / evening commute in New York City and Boston.
  • Heavy snow will persist Tuesday night in upstate New York and most of northern New England, as well as areas around the western and northern Great Lakes.
  • Some lingering freezing rain or sleet is possible Tuesday night in parts of northern Pennsylvania, central New York, the Hudson Valley north of New York City and southern New England.
  • New York City should change to rain by Tuesday evening, and downtown Boston should do so during the overnight hours.

Tuesday's Forecast

(The green shadings depict where rain is expected. Areas that are shaded blue are expected to see snow. Purple-shaded locations may see either rain or snow. Areas in pink are expected to see sleet or freezing rain (ice).)


  • Snow will linger into Wednesday in parts of northern New England and upstate New York as Maya moves away from the United States.

Additional Snow Forecast

  • Midwest: An additional 6 inches or more of snow is expected from northern and eastern Wisconsin into central and northern Michigan. Some areas may see up another foot of snow. Most other areas in the upper Midwest and southern Great Lakes should see less than 6 inches of additional snow.
  • Northeast: Much of central and upstate New York into western and northern New England will pick up at least 6 inches of snow. The Adirondacks, Green and White Mountains into western Main should see at least a foot of snow. New York City and Boston could see a few inches of snow before changing to a wintry mix and rain.

Snowfall Forecast

(This forecast map shows snow that is forecast to fall from this point through Wednesday morning, on top of snow that has already fallen from Maya.)

Ice Forecast

  • There is also the possibility of some ice accumulation through Tuesday night from the Midwest into the southern Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
  • The ice could slicken roads throughout all of those regions.
  • In parts of the southern Great Lakes and interior Northeast, ice accumulations could be enough to trigger power outages and possibly some tree damage, though an eventual change to rain may mitigate those impacts.

Probability of Ice

(Ice accumulations of 0.10 inches or less can cause travel to be extremely dangerous but usually are damaging to trees and power lines.)

There is also a threat of heavy rain and a few severe storms on the southern side of Maya early this week. For more details, see the link below.

(MORE: Flood, Severe Threats Return to South, Ohio Valley)

Mayan Winter Storm Recap

Roads became slick and snow-covered late Monday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa, where some cars had slid off the road. Interstates around Iowa were also covered in snow during the Monday evening commute.

Freezing drizzle in Kearney, Nebraska, early Monday resulted in roads and windshields becoming coated in ice.

Here are some selected snowfall totals in the Midwest:

  • Iowa: 3.3 inches in Swisher
  • Nebraska: 2.5 inches in Omaha
  • North Dakota: 3.5 inches in Harvey

Winter Storm Maya dove southward out of British Columbia on Feb. 8 into the nearshore waters of Washington state.

Maya quickly brought snowfall to downtown Seattle and the rest of Washington during the afternoon of Feb. 8 and slowed down the evening commute along Interstate 5 from Seattle to Tacoma. Snowfall rates reached 2 inches per hour on the northern coast of Washington, quickly burying Port Angeles.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport measured 7.9 inches of snow from Maya between Feb. 8-9. Feb. 8's total of 6.4 inches was the second-highest snowfall in one calendar day in the past 20 years there. Seattle averages 6.8 inches of snow in a year.

The foothills of Port Angeles, Washington, located about 60 miles northwest of Seattle, reported 24 inches of snow and saw whiteout conditions at times. Port Angeles typically sees 3 to 4 inches of snow in an entire year.

Snow and wind expanded across the Pacific Northwest and into Northern California during the overnight hours and into Feb. 9. Winds as high as 64 mph were recorded in northern Washington.

Interstate 90 was closed in both directions from Kittitas to Vantage, Washington, on Feb. 9 due to poor visibility and spinouts. Interstate 82 was also closed in the Yakima Valley of eastern Washington due to poor weather conditions.

Portland, Oregon, reported 4.9 inches of snow from Maya on Feb. 9. Thundersnow was reported around the area of ​​the Oregon Zoo just after midnight on Feb. 11.

Snow also fell in the hills around the Bay Area for the second time in a week. In far Northern California, the weight of heavy snow led to major tree damage and downed power lines in Humboldt County.

A thundershower passed directly over California's Monterey Peninsula, just south of the Bay Area, late morning on Feb. 10 during the 2019 AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am PGA Tour in Pebble Beach, California, where hail was seen accumulating on the golf course's putting greens.

(TheNEWS: California Hailstorm Delays Final Round of Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament)

Snow prompted the closure of Interstate 5 over Tejon Pass, California, the primary route from Los Angeles to the San Joaquin Valley, on Feb. 10.

If that was not interesting enough, a period of snow – amounting to only a trace officially at McCarran International Airport – was seen in Las Vegas on the evening of Feb. 10.

Here are some selected snowfall totals in the West:

  • California: 60 inches at Castle Peak (elevation 9,104 feet)
  • Idaho: 32.4 inches near Mackay at Smiley Mountain SNOTEL (elevation 9,520 feet)
  • Montana: 15.4 inches near Island Park at Lakeview Ridge SNOTEL (elevation, 7400 feet); 6.2 inches near Kalispell
  • Nevada: 34 inches near Incline Village
  • Oregon: 21 inches near Lemolo Lake; 4.9 inches in Portland
  • Washington: 24 inches in the Port Angeles foothills; 14 inches in Sequim; 7.9 inches at Sea-Tac Airport; 5.8 inches in Spokane


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