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Winter Storm Nika to Drop Up To a Foot of Snow This Week

Tuesday, 04 Feb 2014 02:23 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Winter Storm Nika is headed toward the U.S., just days after another snow storm blanketed much of the Northeast, Midwest, and other parts of the country. Nika will bring even more snow, mixed with rain and ice.

Winter Storm Nika will sweep across the country late Tuesday and early Wednesday, dropping up to a foot of snow in some places. Weather.com estimates the storm will impact about 118 million Americans across the Northeast, Great Lakes, and the Plains.

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"Nika will quickly shift from out of the Plains and head for the southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Tuesday, delivering a widespread swath of snow, sleet, and freezing rain along the way," The Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce said, according to the International Business Times.

"Some cities could see more than six inches of snow. Tuesday night into Wednesday, this wintry mess will spread into the Northeast," Dolce added. "Heavy snow is possible from upstate New York into central and northern New England, with a wintry mix farther south."

In addition to the Northeast, the Midwest will also be hit by more snow late Tuesday early Wednesday, with Nika dropping 6 to 12 inches across Michigan, Missouri, and Iowa.

Further south, the winter weather storm will be bringing a rain and ice storm over Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas and other states across the Southeast.

"This is a very juicy system, and it's another one of those long-track winter storms that is affecting a huge area of the United States," added Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel.

Nika comes after Monday's Winter Storm Maximus blanketed large swaths of the Northeast and was reportedly responsible for two deaths and one severely injured child.

A 24-year-old man died after his car skidded into a snowplow in western Kentucky, while in New York City's borough of Brooklyn a 73-year-old man was struck and killed by a snow plow that backed over him, NBC News reported.

Also earlier in the week, a 10-year-old girl was impaled by a metal rod while sledding north of Baltimore. She remains in serious condition, The Associated Press reported.

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