Northern US states brace for another icy winter storm

Even areas that don’t get as much snowfall as experts predict are not safe. Instead, places without snow can have dangerous amounts of ice.

MINNEAPOLIS — Northern Plains states largely shut down in the face of a major winter storm that could dump up to 2 feet of snow in some areas, accompanied by strong winds and dangerously cold temperatures.

Many schools across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin were closed Wednesday, ahead of the storm. Offices are closed, and so is the Minnesota Legislature, which won’t reconvene until Monday. Emergency management leaders warned people not to go out or face potential “power outages” due to severe snow and winds.

The storm will move toward the East Coast by the end of the week. Places without snow can have dangerous amounts of ice. Weather forecasters expect ice up to half an inch thick in parts of southern Michigan, northern Illinois and several eastern states.

Snowfalls can be historic, even in an area accustomed to heavy snow. The National Weather Service said there could be up to 25 inches of pile up, with the greatest amount falling in east-central Minnesota and central-west Wisconsin. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph, and wind chills are expected to reach minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 46 degrees Celsius) in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota.

Minneapolis-St. The Paul area for the first time in more than 30 years could see 2 feet or more of snow.

Some families scrambled on Tuesday to finish shopping before the weather closed. At a Costco in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis, Molly Schirmer stocked up on hot dinners and served and Coca-Cola Mexico, knowing that she and two teenage girls might be stuck at home.

Schirmer said of her 13- and 15-year-olds: “Schools are getting ready to go online, so the kids will probably stay home to learn online.

At another Costco on the outskirts of Eagan, Larry and Sue Lick bought toilet paper, kitchen supplies and coffee before the storm. They also reschedule medical appointments and a family gathering, just to stay out of the way.

Larry Lick, 77, said: “Our driving is not so important, but you have to worry about other people’s driving, with a lot of accidents caused by people who don’t know how to drive in the off season. caused by freezing.

The weather service says the blizzard will actually consist of two rounds. For Minneapolis-St. Paul, the first explosion occurred Wednesday afternoon with up to seven inches of snow. Round 2, which started later on Wednesday and lasted until Thursday, is the real round, “with 10 to 20 inches expected.”

Weather service meteorologist Frank Pereira said the system is expected to affect about 43 million Americans.

Temperatures could drop to minus 15 to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 26 to minus 29 degrees Celsius) on Thursday and to minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 32 degrees Celsius) Friday in Grand Fork, North Dakota. The cold winds could drop to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 46 degrees Celsius), said Nathan Rick, a meteorologist at Grand Forks.

Wind gusts of 35 mph will be common in western and central Minnesota, with some reaching 50 mph. The weather service said that would result in “significant blowing and blowing snow with power outages in open areas”.

According to the weather service, the largest recorded snow event in the Twin Cities was 28.4 inches from October 31 to November 3, 1991 – known as the Halloween Blizzard. The second biggest hit was 21.1 inches of snow from November 29 to December 1, 1985. The Twin Cities got 20 inches of snow on January 22 and January 23, 1982.

Hardware store owners say the general public is embracing the forecast.

At C&S Supply, an employee-owned hardware store in Mankato, manager Corey Kapaun says demand is high for salt and grit, but not for shovels, snow blowers or other equipment. He attributed the fact that winter was two-thirds over.

Kapaun said he has sold 130 to 140 snow blowers and about 1,000 shovels this winter, when Mankato saw more than 3 feet of snow.

“I think people are either prepared or not,” Kapaun said. “The first snowfall of the year usually attracts a lot of attention. With a storm like this, I’d expect a little more, but we’ve had a big snow year already.”

In Sioux Falls, Dallas VandenBos has owned the Robson True Value hardware store for 48 years. His clients are used to snow, but don’t necessarily trust the forecast.

“When we had that storm in early January, they told us we were probably going to have 3 or 4 inches of snow, and we had 18 inches,” VandenBos said.

Sales of snow-related items haven’t really picked up, but VandenBos has a backlog of snow blowers in need of repair. Those who brought them on Tuesday were out of luck – they wouldn’t be ready in a week.

“They won’t get them in time during this snowfall,” VandenBos said.

Forecasters at AccuWeather said the same storm system could lead to freezing over a 1,300-mile (2,092 km) stretch from near Omaha, Nebraska, to New Hampshire on Wednesday and Thursday, creating hazards. potential hazards to travel in or near cities such as Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and Boston.

As the northern US deals with a winter monsoon, record temperatures are expected in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast – 30 degrees to 40 degrees above normal in some places. Pereira said record highs are predicted to occur from Baltimore to New Orleans and much of Florida.

Washington, DC, could hit 80 degrees on Thursday, surpassing the record of 78 degrees set in 1874.

California is also bracing for the latest in a series of winter storms as winds that begin to blow Tuesday are likely to bring rain, snow and hail to much of the state. The National Weather Service says a “major snow event” is possible in the foothills and mountains near Los Angeles, with several inches predicted even at altitudes as low as 1,000 feet.

“Nearly all CA residents will be able to see snow from some vantage point this weekend if they look in the right direction (that is, towards the highest hills in the vicinity),” the scientist said. UCLA’s Daniel Swain wrote on Twitter.

Daytime temperatures in Southern California are unlikely to exceed lows through the mid-50s, and potentially damaging winds of up to 50 mph are predicted along the central coast, with gusts of wind. 70 mph jerks can occur in the mountains.

Salter reports from O’Fallon, Missouri. Steve Karnowski of St. Paul, Minnesota, Scott McFetridge of Des Moines, Iowa, Margaret Stafford of Kansas City, Missouri and Christopher Weber of Los Angeles contributed to this report. Northern US states brace for another icy winter storm

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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