West News Wire: As storms move across the eastern half of the country, residents in at least 30 states are on high alert for snow, ice, flooding, and tornadoes.

They are expected to bring destructive winds to the Deep South on Thursday and Friday.

Flooding in the Ohio Valley and the interior Northeast is a possibility, and ice jams in the eastern Great Lakes are a possibility.

From Wichita to Detroit, winter weather is forecast. Through late Thursday, a half-foot of snow and treacherous conditions are forecast.

Through 6 p.m. Central Time, a tornado watch is in effect for Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

In addition to wind gusts of up to 75 mph, a few tornadoes are possible.

Very heavy rain and flood threats extend into Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Heavy snow is falling Thursday afternoon from Wichita to Chicago, with over 9 inches of snow already reported in the Kansas City area.

Storms will continue across Tennessee and Mississippi Thursday evening and severe weather will stretch from Louisville to Nashville to Birmingham.

Heavy rain and flood threats will move east across the Ohio Valley and into the interior Northeast, from Cincinnati to Buffalo.

Chicago could potentially see between 1 to 4 inches of snow and 4 to 8 inches of snow in Detroit by Thursday night.

A storm moves into the Northeast late Thursday night through early Friday morning, with rain likely.

Heavy downpours are expected overnight, with possible thunder as the storm moves through the I-95 corridor in the early morning.

High wind warnings are in place along the coast from Long Island to Cape Cod, where gusts could exceed 60 miles per hour. The winds could cause damage and power outages by Friday morning.

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