WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cold weather, snow, and severe storms were expected over the weekend in several parts of the country, weather forecasters said on Saturday.
A band of snow and cold rain is expected to sweep from Omaha, Nebraska to the District of Columbia, according to AccuWeather.com.
"While the storm will not bring excessive snowfall, it will put down as much as 6 inches of snow along part of this path," AccuWeather.com senior metrologist Alex Sosnowski said. "Most areas within the west-east band will get 1 to 3 inches of snow."
The storm is expected to reach Illinois by Saturday evening and Virginia overnight.
The Weather Channel described the weekend weather as being a clash between winter and spring.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely all day Saturday and throughout the night in much of the South, the Weather Channel's Tim Ballisty said.
The Tennessee River Valley will see the heaviest rain while high winds and large hail will rip through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
The National Weather service has issued flood alerts in those areas.
In the West, heavy snow will continue in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, adding between two and four feet to the one to four feet already on the ground, according to accuweather.com, presenting an avalanche risk.
Heavy rain will pound closer to the Pacific coast from central California to Southern Washington, amounting to between one and three inches.
Combined with what has been heavy rain for March, the rain will likely trigger flash flooding, mudslides and debris flows.
(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Editing by Jerry Norton)