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From L.A. to Minneapolis, US bashed by severe winter storms

From L.A. to Minneapolis, US bashed by severe winter storms

Resident Martin Sherwin is framed by trees while clearing snow during a winter storm in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S., February 22, 2023.


The broad swath of the northern United States – from Washington state to New England – remains under winter weather advisories

CHICAGO, USA  – A monster winter storm kept its grip on the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest on Thursday, February 23, after delivering heavy snows, freezing rains and gusty winds to the central US, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and grounding hundreds of flights.

The broad swath of the northern United States – from Washington state to New England – remained under winter weather advisories. Some spots may see another 18 inches (46 cm) of snow, winds clocking in at 50 miles (80 km) per hour and wind chills equivalent to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 C) throughout the day, the National Weather Service said.

At the same time, parts of the Ohio Valley and the South could see near record-breaking high temperatures, beginning Thursday and continuing over the next few days, including Sunday when it is expected to be 88 F (31 C) in Jacksonville, Florida.

In Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and New York, high winds and freezing rains left some 900,000 homes and businesses without power on Thursday morning, according to Poweroutage.us.

A separate storm spawned unusual weather in California, where much of the state was under high wind and winter storm warnings.

Rare winter flurries were reported in San Francisco while blizzard conditions were expected in high elevations – even in the Los Angeles area. By Saturday, up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) of snow could accumulate on Mount Baldy, about 45 miles (72 km)east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Mountains.

“Snow is on the way and a lot. We are doing our best to brace for it in order to be ready for some powtastic days at SoCals raddest mountain,” Mt Baldy Resort said in a tweet, announcing it was closed on Thursday.

Experts say the growing frequency and intensity of such storms, interspersed with extreme heat and dry spells, are symptoms of climate change. While the East Coast has experienced a relatively mild winter, the Northern Plains has experienced an extreme one in terms of snowfall and low temperatures, according to the weather service.

On Thursday morning, snow was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour in Minneapolis, a Midwestern city in a metropolitan area that is home to about 2.9 million people, that was already blanketed by 8 inches of snow.

Video footage and photographs on social media showed cars stuck on roadways, while streets and walkways were covered in drifting snow across the city as officials urged motorists to stay home.

“Big-time flakes coming down here,” storm chaser Aaron Jayjack said in a video he posted on Twitter from Minneapolis. “This is the final push of the storm, and in fact appears to be heaviest snowfall yet. So the final push is the big punch.”

The Minneapolis school system was holding classes remotely for more than 29,000 pupils for the rest of the week. Dozens of school districts also canceled classes in North and South Dakota, Colorado, Michigan and Wyoming.

The storm also was to blame for delays or cancellations of more than 1,300 flights across the nation, including 240 flights in and out of Minneapolis, Flightware.com data showed.

Transportation departments across the northern United States reported closed roadways and pavements slick due to ice and snow accumulation, warning motorists to slow down.

The storm was expected to dissipate on Thursday, leaving behind places like Sioux Falls, South Dakota, under a foot (0.3 meter) of snow and Great Falls, Wyoming, in a deep freeze of minus 18 F (minus 27 C). – Rappler.com

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