Forecasters are predicting heavy snow across several states from the West Coast to the East Coast while the South and Northeast prepare for a big freeze.
Two storms will bring rain, snow and ice into the weekend on both coasts.
Weather forecasters predicted multiple feet of snow in the mountains and wet conditions in lower regions in Washington state this week.
The National Weather Service (NWS) estimates snow up to 4 feet above 4,500 feet and at least 3 inches in the lowlands.
Washington state was one of 10 states that were placed under winter weather alerts for heavy snow.
Experts say wind gusts up 40mph in the mountains could cause blowing and drifting snow creating dangerous driving conditions in Washington state.
State Department of Transportation officials have preemptively closed state Route 20 or North Cascades Highway for the season on Wednesday.
Officials say it is the latest closure date since December 15, 2008. Steady rain is expected to hit low regions through Friday.
The storm will hit the Rockies and emerge in eastern New Mexico by Sunday, according to Accuweather.
Mountainous areas in Colorado and New Mexico are likely to get between 6 and 12 inches of snow from the storm.
Denver is likely to receive at least a few inches of snow on Sunday.
Forecasters said the storm will have brought wintry weather across a 3,000-mile long swath by the time it reaches the Atlantic coast.
The NWS issued a winter weather advisory for the Lake Tahoe region beginning Friday afternoon, with more than a foot of snow possible on the mountain tops by Saturday.
The advisory at Tahoe runs from 4pm Friday through 10am Saturday at elevations above 6,500 feet.
The service says a couple of inches of snow is possible at lake level with up to 5 inches above 6,500 feet.
Up to 10 inches is expected above 7,000 feet with as much as 15 inches possible on the tops of the mountains surrounding the lake.
In Utah, officials expected one of the winter storms to drop heavy snow on parts of the state beginning Thursday and into the weekend.
The NWS issued winter storm warnings for areas stretching from Logan on the north and near Green River and Price on the south.
Forecasters said to expect mild rain showers in lower elevations and snow in the mountains, followed by some respite early Friday before snowfall picks up later in the day that will continue into the weekend.
Most of the Wasatch Front south of Ogden wouldn’t see snow until overnight Friday but that travel will be ‘difficult to impossible’ in some mountain areas of northern Utah, the weather service said.
Meanwhile, heavy rain beginning Friday night and into Saturday morning will spread into the Northeast with possible flooding, forecasters said.
Rainfall in New England, where the ground is frozen, could be between 1 to 3 inches, according to ABC News.
Several inches of rain is also predicted from Rhode Island to Maine, where the ground is also frozen. A flood watch was also issued for the states.
Forecasters issued advisories from North Carolina to Pennsylvania for freezing rain, sleet and some snow.
Freezing rain will be the biggest issue over the weekend and into to Tuesday because it can accumulate on trees and power lines, which could cause power outages.
Icy conditions are also expected along roadways.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Valerie Edwards