Updated Feb 4, 2022 - Science

In photos: Massive winter storm slams U.S.

A fallen tree over a road in Memphis, Tennessee, on Feb. 3.

A fallen tree over a road in Memphis, Tennessee, on Feb. 3. Photo: Brad Vest/Getty Images

A massive winter storm that has slammed much of the country will enter its third day Friday and is expected to slam the Northeast U.S. before exiting over the Atlantic Ocean this weekend, the National Weather Service said.

The latest: The NWS said heavy snowfall and "treacherous" ice accumulations are expected to hit the Northeast Friday. The storm will bring with it temperatures ranging between 15 to 30 degrees below average from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley.

  • Over 6 inches of snow is expected in eastern Maine on Friday, while parts of central Massachusetts could see a quarter inch of ice accumulation. The NWS said even the northern Mid-Atlantic could receive as much as a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation.

The big picture: The storm caused thousands of flight cancellations on Thursday, closed schools and left hundreds of thousands of people across the country without power.

In photos:
A person clearing a downed tree in Memphis, Tennessee, on Feb. 3.
A person clearing a downed tree in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 3. Photo: Brad Vest/Getty Images
In an aerial view, U.S. and Texas state flags fly over car dealerships covered in snow
In an aerial view, U.S. and Texas state flags fly over car dealerships as light traffic moves through snow and ice on U.S. Route 183 on Feb. 3 in Irving, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
Snow covers the ground during a storm in Detroit, Michigan
Snow covers the ground during a storm in Detroit on Feb. 3. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg via Getty Images
 Ice begins to accumulate on a crumpled American flag
Ice begins to accumulate on Feb. 3 in Memphis, Tenn. Photo: Brad Vest/Getty Images
Two men work to clear a tree off a street in Memphis. Photo: Brad Vest/Getty Images
Ice accumulates on a tree in Memphis. Photo: Brad Vest/Getty Images
A kid sledding down a hill in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 3.
A kid sledding down a hill in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 3. Photo: Emil Lippe/Getty Images
People shoveling snow during a storm in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 3.
People shoveling snow during a storm in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 3. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A person pulling a baby in a plastic tote in Chicago on Feb. 2.
A person pulling a baby in a plastic tote in Chicago on Feb. 2. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details throughout.

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