Wind gusts in the Albuquerque metro area and Santa Fe are expected to reach up to 60 miles per hour causing blowing snow and whiteout conditions.
A colossal blizzard smothered the eastern United States in January 2016, shutting down NY and Washington, leaving 15 people dead and affecting some 85 million residents.
"This storm system was always comprised of two threats - one for blizzard conditions and another for severe weather", CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.
The weather service is forecasting wind chill readings of 15 to 25 below zero for Friday night and early Saturday morning.
A winter weather advisory in effect for New Hampshire on Friday calls for early morning snow to change to sleet and freezing rain by midday.
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In North Dakota, the driver of a pickup truck was killed when he collided with another vehicle on a snow-covered highway in Dunn County Thursday. The crash involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger auto, Trooper Tod Hileman said.
In South Dakota, snow and mixed precipitation will worsen as heavy snow combines with wind.
A winter storm is closing roads and knocking out power across parts of central and western Kansas.
A mixture of rain and snow is forecast, with snow accumulations of up to one-half inch possible over a light glaze of ice.
North-central Nebraska is expecting almost a foot.
Millions more in the South were warned of potential flooding from heavy rains. "I work at the local grocery store and even we are closed and we never close".