Prolonged storm brings winter misery to central US

Winter and ice storm warnings and watches are in effect for a wide swath of the United States stretching from Texas and Colorado to the Midwest and northern New York.

CHICAGO, USA – A huge winter storm battered the central United States with heavy snowfall, freezing rain and gusty winds on Wednesday, February 2, threatening to make travel virtually impossible and cut off traffic. electricity to millions of Americans.

Winter and ice storm warnings and watches were in effect for a wide swath of the United States that stretched from Texas and Colorado through the Midwest and northern New York through Friday morning, the report said. National Weather Service (NWS).

Much of the northern part of the region could receive 1 foot (30 cm) of snow while southern locations could see a mix of snow and freezing rain that will quickly deteriorate travel conditions on Wednesday, the NWS said. Wind gusts as high as 40 miles (64 km) per hour were also forecast.

“Expect power outages and damage to trees from ice. The trip might be impossible. Hazardous conditions could impact morning or evening commutes,” the service said in its advisory for Memphis.

More than 100 million people are subject to winter weather warnings that stretch from the Rockies to New England, CNN
reported.

Some 2,400 flights were canceled in the United States on Wednesday morning, according to Flightaware.com. More than 400 flights were canceled to and from Chicago’s two major airports alone, where up to a foot of snow was forecast for parts of the metro area.

The storm also forced dozens of area school districts to cancel classes for at least Wednesday.

Extremely cold air caused by the Arctic high which is expected to descend over the plains on Wednesday will drop temperatures 15 to 25 degrees below average in some areas, the NWS added.

The storm threat comes days after winter cold engulfed the northeastern part of the United States, dropping more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow in some areas and driving high winds, causing thousands of flight cancellations and reduced route access in some states. – Rappler.com

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