A severe winter storm is expected to sweep across nearly 2,000 miles of the central US starting Tuesday night, bringing with it a combination of freezing temperatures, heavy snow and potential moving conditions. danger from parts of New Mexico and Texas to Illinois and Michigan, weather officials said.
At various times this week, a winter storm warning is forecast to be in effect from central New Mexico to northern Vermont. Small parts of Colorado and Kansas, along with a large swath of the Midwest, are also forecast to be under a winter storm warning.
Parts of New Mexico are expected to see up to 14 inches of snow – the most on Wednesday night – and some lower areas will remain below freezing from Tuesday night through Friday or Saturday, according to the report. National Weather Service. Brian Guyer, a meteorologist with the Weather Bureau, said Friday morning temperatures in parts of eastern New Mexico could dip below zero to 25 degrees Celsius with a wind chill element.
“It’s unusual for us to have the combination of snow with the temperatures we expected to see,” Mr Guyer said.
In addition, other parts of the United States not accustomed to such cold weather, like central Texas, are once again battling snow and freezing winds. Nearly a dozen people died across the country in an icy storm in February 2021, where the temperature in Austin, Texas, is colder than the temperature in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Weather Service’s office there said there will be some freezing rain and ice accumulation Wednesday night in parts of Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Starting Wednesday morning, cold winds are expected to make the Fort Worth area feel as if the temperature is below 10 degrees, Monique Sellers, a Weather Service meteorologist there, said.
“That cold wind is going to be pretty dangerous for anyone outside for any length of time,” she said, mainly at night and in the early morning hours.
The unusually cold weather expected in central Texas is the result of a cold system from the Arctic interacting with warmer air carrying large amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico,” and it is colliding right away. above us,” said Mrs. Sellers.
In Pueblo, Colo., cold winds can make it feel as low as 20 degrees below zero along the Interstate 25 South Corridor in the Fremont County and Wet Mountain Valley areas, the Weather Service said on Thursday. Two.
Colorado’s foothills could get 6 to 12 inches of snow, while Denver and the urban corridor could get about half that snow, according to meteorologist Caitlyn Mensch of the Service, according to meteorologist Caitlyn Mensch. Weather.
In Kansas, a combination of rain and hail “will turn to snow” Tuesday night and continue through late Wednesday, The weather service said on Monday morning.
Two or three snowfalls starting Tuesday are predicted to bring four to five inches of snow in eastern Kansas, according to Kevin Darmofal, a meteorologist in southern Central and Eastern Kansas. status with Weather Service.
Mr. Darmofal said winds of up to 20 to 30 mph on Wednesday night could complicate snow removal efforts in Kansas. Those winds “will cause snow to blow and drift,” which will also make travel more difficult, he said.
Chicago is bracing for two snowfalls, with snow expected Wednesday, shortly after midnight, through midday, according to Gino Izzi, a Weather Service meteorologist there.
“It was a one-of-a-kind punch from the storm,” said Casey Sullivan, another meteorologist with the Weather Service in Chicago. While north of O’Hare airport could see only an inch or two of snow, the South Side and nearby suburbs could see up to 8 to 12 inches, Mr.
Illinois Department of Transportation warn everyone on Monday that there will be “significant ice accumulation and heavy rain” in the southern part of the state over the next few days.
In Michigan, 9 to 16 inches of snow is expected starting from 2 a.m. Wednesday through 11 p.m. Thursday, and winter storm warnings will be in effect at that time in some counties, including Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson Counties, Weather Service Announced.
“This is going to be an extended snowfall,” the Weather Service warned residents in those areas. Precipitation will start as rain late Tuesday and turn into snow later, with the heaviest snowfall expected Wednesday afternoon, the Weather Service said. Early on Thursday morning, “snow could fall nearly an inch an hour,” it said.
This is the latest winter storm to make landfall in the United States this year. ONE snow storm over the weekend, from North Carolina to New England, nearly two meters of snow fell in Boston, setting a single-day record set in 2003.
Jascha Franklin-Hodge, the city’s neighborhood chief, said heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures mean snow removal efforts will “continue for days to come.”
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