Millions of Americans were under a winter weather warnings or advisories Thursday as a storm that hammeredDenver with the biggest two-day January snowfall in more than 30 years blanketed the Midwest before heading for the Northeast.
Freezing rain and heavy snow are forecast for the Northeast, with the region from Vermont to southern Maine expected to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow by the end of Friday.
"Heavy snow rates of up to 1 inch per hour will create dangerous travel (Thursday night) into Friday morning across portions of New England, with lighter periods of snow continuing through much of Friday,'' the National Weather Service'sWeather Prediction Centertweeted.
Friday's winter weather forecast: As storm moves east, snow returns to Utah, Arizona and other states
After dumping 9.1 inches of snow on Denver, the storm made its mark on the Midwest. Snow fell Thursday morningfrom Iowa to Michigan, the heaviest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, AccuWeather said.
Heavy, wet snow will continue to fall across parts of the Upper Midwest throughout the day, and6-12 inches of snow was expected across much of Michigan— and 20 inches possible in localized areas.
Other weather developments:
- Heavy snowfalling across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan since Wednesday night was accompanied by thunder and lightning Thursday. Thundersnowonly happens during intense bouts of snow, like what is unfolding over the Upper Midwest, AccuWeather said.
- The National Weather Service office in Cleveland issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Ohio, which could see wind gusts of up to 60 mph and even a tornado until 9 p.m. ET Thursday.
- Thursday's snowfallpushed the Minneapolis-St. Paul area over 50 inches for the season, meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas tweeted. That is twice the average for the date and about equal to an entire winter for the region.
- Over 2 million people wereunder a tornado watch in the South, AccuWeather reported.
- Los Angeles County, which has 88 cities and 10 million people, collected enough water from a series of storms over the last three weeks to supply about800,000 people for a year, said Mark Pestrella, director of the Los Angeles County Public Works department.
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Heavy snow and freezing rain are likely to unload through two more storms over the interior Northeast into the next week, according to AccuWeather.
The first storm will affect the region Sunday into Monday with the second system arriving Tuesday and lasting until Wednesday, AccuWeather added.
Snow is expected to spread over the central plains Saturday night, carrying over to portions of the Midwest on Sunday morning, AccuWeather said. Northeastern states will start to see snowfall Sunday and Monday as it spreads further into the region.
Travel disruptions and power outages are possible due to rain and snow throughout the region.
Wet, clinging snow across upstate New York and northern New England may cause damage to trees and power lines, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
Denver International Airport, where the city's measurement is taken, received 9.1 inches of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday. That's Denver's largest January snowstorm since 1992, when it got walloped with 14.8 inches.
The top Colorado snowfall report came from Wolf Creek Ski resort, where 52 inches were recorded, AccuWeather said. The resort is located 10,300 feet above sea level in southwestern Colorado. Nearby Crested Butte was hit with 48 inches of snow.
In Nebraska, Kilfoil Township west of Omaha, at an elevation of 2,644 feet,measured the top snowfall report in the state with 23.7 inches of snow.InCallaway, Nebraska, located west of Kilfoi, 23 inches of snow fell.
The heavy precipitation made for difficult driving conditions, so some folks found alternate ways to reach their destinations. Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance, Nebraska, which received 7inches of snow, posted video of Chief Financial Officer Mike O'Dell biking to work after getting stuck in a snow pile.
Parts of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin could see4 to 8 inches of snow Thursday. Gusty winds up to 35 mph will lead to instances of blowing snow, along with "near-whiteout conditions" during the heaviest snow, the weather service warned.
"Snow is causing tricky travel conditions statewide," the Minnesota Department of Transportation tweeted. "Slow down and give our crews room to work.''
In Wisconsin, the heaviest snow totals are expected to be 5 to 8 inches for the central and east-central parts of the state, as well as 5 to 8 inches in Green Bay and Fox Cities, the Appleton Post-Crescent, part of the USA TODAY Network, reports. Northern Door County could see up to 10 inches of snow.
In Colorado, sections of I-70 remained closed Thursdayafter a pileup involving nine semi-trucks and 12 passenger vehicles on Wednesday shut down a160-mile stretch of the interstate in both directions from Denver to the Kansas state line. Sections of the road have been closed for more than 16 hours, AccuWeather said.
Parts of Colorado received up to a foot of snow, and road closures remain scattered across the state Thursday. In Denver,Bryan Wilson dug himself out– and some neighbors as well.
“I just want people to get from point A to point B safely,” Wilson told Denver7-TV. “I can manage, but there are plenty of people who can’t and they’re basically trapped in their houses and their apartments until (the snow)does get cleared.”
The series of atmospheric river storms that caused so much chaos in California over more than three weeks also brought some relief to the formerly parched state, even if it didn't end a drought now in its fourth year.
The Sierra snowpack, which supplies 30% of California's water, stands at 245% of its average for this date and at 126% of the traditional April 1 peak. All three sections of the Sierra –north, central and south –are registering above 200% of normal for the date, according to the state Department of Water Resources.
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In addition, the National Weather Service said the average rainfall for all of California in the 22-day stretch fromDec. 26 toJan. 17 was nearly 11½ inches, with four locations getting more than 29 inches. Downtown San Francisco, which averages a little under 24 inches of rain a year, received 17 inches in that period.
After yet another significant storm drenched Northern California on Wednesday, the state's in line for a dry spell.
Dangerous gusty winds will be possible Thursday across parts of Arkansas, where at least one tornado was confirmed Wednesday.
"Unsecured objects will be blown around, high profile vehicles will be a challenge to drive, and area lakes and rivers could become dangerous to navigate," the weather service said.
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Snow and some ice areexpected to expand into the Northeast on Thursday and into Friday, according to the weather service.
Snow totals of 4-8 inches were forecast from Upstate New York east through Vermont, New Hampshireand coastal Maine late Thursday and into the day Friday. Locally higher totals over a foot are possible for higher elevations of the Green and White Mountains.
Some accumulating freezing rain is also possible, especially for the Catskills, Poconos, and Berkshires.
Contributing: Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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- Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
- Items to stay warm such as extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets.
- Windshield scraper.
- Battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
- Flashlight with extra batteries.
- Water and snack food.
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No severe weather is expected in NYC at this time. Get forecast updates from the National Weather Service.Should I put salt down before a big snow storm? ›
Rock salt is meant to be put down before snow falls, and keeps it from sticking to the surface, says Nichols. "But most people shovel, get it clear, then put down the salt. If you salt and then get snow on top it can turn to mush underneath and then it gets hard to shovel."How do you prepare for a strong storm? ›
- Clear your yard. Make sure there's nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home. ...
- Cover up windows and doors. ...
- Be ready to turn off your power. ...
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- Check your carbon monoxide (CO) detector's battery to prevent CO poisoning.
Stay out of the shower and away from other plumbing. This includes washing dishes. Stay away from windows and doors.How many inches is considered a blizzard? ›
A winter storm must produce at least 6 inches of snow to be called a blizzard.What is this winter storm called 2022? ›
About 6.3 million households in the U.S. and 1.1 million in Canada were without power for some part of the storm. The storm was unofficially named Winter Storm Elliott by The Weather Channel.Will NYC get a lot of snow this winter? ›
November 2022 to October 2023. Winter temperatures will be below normal, while precipitation and snowfall will be above normal. The coldest periods will be in early December, early and late January, and most of February.Is it going to be a cold winter in New York? ›
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Twelve ounces of salt — about as much as would fill a coffee mug — is enough to treat a 20-foot-long driveway or about 10 squares of sidewalk, according to the "Salt Smart" initiative. Using more salt won't yield better results. If you see salt left on the ground after the snow and ice clears, you are using too much.What is the best salt for driveway? ›
Magnesium chloride is a great choice! While magnesium chloride is more expensive than sodium chloride and calcium chloride, it is less likely to damage your concrete or your lawn. This type of salt only works in temperatures down to 0° F, which is better than sodium chloride but not quite as good as calcium chloride.Should I put salt on my driveway? ›
Rock salt can be an effective way to clear sidewalks and driveways of ice and snow, but it's important to use it correctly to avoid damaging your pavement. Too much salt can lead to corrosion, damage to asphalt and concrete surfaces, and salt runoff into water sources.How do I prepare my house for severe weather? ›
Prepare Your Home : Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house. If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, close windows and doors, and move any valuable objects inside or under a sturdy structure. Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for severe thunderstorms.Should I bring my plants in during a storm? ›
When a hurricane warning is issued, bring potted plants inside a patio or garage. Strong winds can turn plant pots into missiles if you leave them in the yard. If you cannot bring everything inside, cluster them together next to the building and tie them together.What makes a storm more powerful? ›
If wind conditions are right, the storm becomes a hurricane. This heat energy is the fuel for the storm. And the warmer the water, the more moisture is in the air. And that could mean bigger and stronger hurricanes.Should I fill my bathtub with water during a winter storm? ›
When temperatures drop below twenty degrees F, pipes can freeze, leaving households cut off from running water. As winter storm Elliot rips through the United States, bringing colder temperatures to more than 200 million people, authorities advise that those with bathtubs fill them up in case their pipes freeze.How many times a week should you shower in the winter? ›
"A sedentary person can get away with a shower once, twice or three times a week, especially in winter. It varies on your skin type and what you are doing." If you're sweaty and dirty, you need a shower, while those with sensitive skins – the elderly and babies – need less showering time.Should you take a hot shower after being in the snow? ›
Most dermatologists agree that lukewarm water—around your body temperature at 98.6 degrees—is the best temperature to keep oil and moisture in your already-dry skin, but Marchese Johnson says it's fine to warm it up more than that if lukewarm showers sound terrible to you.
Heavy Snow Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when snowfall of 6 inches (15 cm) or more in 12 hours or 8 inches (20 cm) or more in 24 hours is imminent or occurring.
The winter of 1880–1881 is widely considered the most severe winter ever known in many parts of the United States. The initial blizzard in October of 1880 brought snowfalls so deep that two-story homes experienced accumulations, as opposed to drifts, up to their second floor windows.What is the biggest blizzard ever recorded? ›
It's hard to believe that this week marks the 132nd anniversary of New York's—and America's—worst blizzard on record. Few storms are as iconic as the “Blizzard of '88”. It was the deadliest, snowiest, and most unusual winter storm in American annals.What are the hurricane names for 2023? ›
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Precipitation-wise, the Farmers' Almanac is predicting a stormy winter, especially for the eastern half of the country. January 2023 looks to be the stormiest for many areas including Texas and Oklahoma, where heavy snow is predicted during the first week.What should I stock up on for winter storms? ›
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- First aid essentials. ...
- Blankets, towels and warm clothes.
- a hat.
- a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth.
- sleeves that are snug at the wrist.
- mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
- water-resistant coat and boots.
- several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
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- Play it Safe.
- Bottled water (at least one gallon per person per day, for at least three days)
- Canned goods, especially cozy, warming foods like soups and stews.
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- Cereal and granola.
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- Peanut Butter. ...
- Whole-Wheat Crackers. ...
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- Cereal. ...
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When the thermometer reads 20 degrees or lower, the temperature is too cold for a baby. If you must be outside in extreme temperatures, take measures to make sure your child isn't exposed to the elements for more than a few minutes at a time. You'll also want to keep an eye on the wind.Where is the safest place to be during a blizzard? ›
Stay inside and off the roads.
If you are in the middle of a long drive when a blizzard hits, it's best to stop at a hotel if at all possible. No deadline is worth risking your life. Should you find yourself stranded in a car, only run the engine for about ten minutes every hour to keep the car warm.
Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. Last a few hours or several days.What is the coldest you can keep your house in the winter? ›
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends setting your thermostat no lower than 64 degrees (F) in the Winter months while people are in the home. If there are infants or elderly individuals, they recommend keeping the temperature at 70 degrees at a minimum.What temperature is too cold for a house? ›
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends indoor temperatures of at least 64°F (you can drop that down to 62°F at night if you're really looking to save on your heating bill). But if you have infants, sick or elderly people in your household, then it's recommended that you keep the thermostat set at 70°F.What temperature should I keep my house in extreme cold? ›
Set Your Thermostat to 68°F in Winter (Then Adjust to Your Family's Comfort Level) Start with 68°F while you're awake. This is the recommended home temperature set by the Department of Energy (DOE) to save on utility bills in winter.Do I need to stock up on food 2022? ›
There have been several food shortages in 2022, with several factors influencing the scarcities in the global food supply chain. While any one of these problems could be cause for concern, all of them together add up to the likelihood of further food shortages coming down the line.Which stock is best in winter? ›
- Liquid Mutual Funds.
- Corporate Bond Funds.
- Gilt Funds.
- Banking & PSU Mutual Funds.
- Floater Mutual Funds.
- Overnight Mutual Funds.
However, if you really want to be prepared in the event of a snowstorm or other weather event that may keep you inside for a few days, you should make sure you have at least three days' worth of food and water on hand, says the Federal Emergency Management Agency.