Powerful Winter Storm Sets Up For Cross Country Trek

A powerful winter storm is expected to drop heavy snow on millions of Americans from Illinois to Arizona.

The snow has already started falling in the Midwest, and forecasters say up to eight inches could accumulate in Kansas City by this afternoon. Thick snow is forecast from Nebraska to Flagstaff, Arizona through Friday morning, and could intensify as the storm heads northeast.

Heavy rain is expected in the South from the storm.

Forecasters say it could turn into a bomb cyclone this weekend, with winds reaching hurricane-level strength as it gets near the Atlantic. The National Weather Service is warning of rapidly intensifying blizzard conditions in southern New England.