TODAY   |  February 21, 2013

20 states under winter storm warnings, advisories

A massive winter storm is expected to move east from Kansas, where it is currently dumping one to two inches of snow per hour, threatening 20 states with snow and ice. TODAY’s Al Roker reports.

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>> well tracking the path of this storm. good morning.

>> good morning, david. a live shot of wichita, kansas . your camera bouncing from the wind. you can see the snow coming down picking up snow at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour. this is a huge storm. there are three ingredients to this system. we have the arctic high and provides cold air and the jetstream over this low and a lot of request gulf moisture streaming into it. here's what we're looking for. we have 20 states affected by winter storm watches and ice advisories and a risk of fall weather along the gulf. storm risks are huge. 12-18 inches of snow along the nebraska- kansas border but a wider area of 12 inches of snow in kansas and 3-6 inches in rockies and to chicago. ice is a big problem as well. as much as an inch of ice falling from tulsa all the way from cincinnati and columbus and causes major problems, power outages, trees down and major roadways. as we look to the south, lots of rain from new orleans all the way to north korcarolina between the panhandle of florida and north georgia , we could see 7 inches of rain by sunday morning. this is a monster storm. we might be looking at a nor'easter this weekend affect affecting new england.