Blizzards and winter storms over the plains and much of the Midwest on Thursday as weather forecasters for the National Weather Service warn Americans to avoid travel because “vehicles stuck are life threatening.” warning has been issued.
States such as Minnesota are already experiencing treacherous road and whiteout conditions, with 7.4 inches of snowfall setting a new daily record Wednesday at St. Paul International Airport in busy Minneapolis.
In its advisory Thursday morning, the NWS said “widespread light to moderate snowfall is expected in the region, with more than a foot of localized snowfall expected south and east of the Great Lakes, and lake-impact snowfall expected Saturday. It is expected to continue,” he said. .
“Although the total snowfall may not look very impressive in this storm, combined with very strong winds for a long period of time, blizzard conditions can stop travel and strain infrastructure. will produce ,” he continued.
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“With heavy snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour and gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour, visibility is near zero and significant amounts of snow are blown and blown away. This leads to a dangerous situation. It is impossible to travel by land and air for the holiday weekend.”
The NWS said people living in the area were “recommended to avoid traveling where possible as a stranded vehicle could be a life-threatening situation.”
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Thursday’s cold weather warnings, alerts and advisories remain in effect for more than 30 states from Washington to Florida.
“While daytime temperatures in the Central Plains will struggle to rise above zero degrees Celsius, areas further south in Texas and the Gulf Coast will see temperatures in the single digits to 10s Thursday night,” the NWS said. Let’s go,’ he said.
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“Especially across Ohio and Tennessee canyons, areas with standing water could experience rapid freezing this afternoon and evening,” he added.
“Pre-wet roads can quickly freeze and become smooth moving spots,” NWS warns.