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2023-02-23T02:44:00.769Z


A powerful winter storm hits the United States with record low temperatures in the northern plains of the country. There are hundreds of thousands of customers without power in at least five states. Follow the minute by minute coverage here. What states and cities are threatened by snow storms in the US? More than 1,600 flights canceled due to severe winter storm in the United States Where is snow expected in the coming days in the US? How to prepare for a winter storm? | United States | CNN


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Several people pull a vehicle out of the snow on Mountain View Parkway in Lehi, Utah, on February 22, 2023. (Credit: GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)

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6 mins ago

Winter storm leaves more than 450,000 customers without power in five states

By Joe Sutton

The gigantic winter storm that affects the United States from coast to coast has left hundreds of thousands of customers without power on Wednesday night.

More than 450,000 customers are without power in the US and power outages are increasing rapidly in the Great Lakes, especially Michigan.

That state alone records more than 260,000 affected customers, according to PowerOutage.US.

Illinois is now reporting nearly 100,000 as freezing rain impacted several areas along the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

Weather alerts in affected states

Michigan:

Ice Storm Warning and Winter Storm Warning.

California:

Winter Storm Warning, Blizzard Warning, and Winter Weather Advisory.

Illinois:

Ice Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory (and some severe weather before that).

Wisconsin

‚Äď Ice Storm Warning and Winter Storm Warning.

Texas:

High Wind Warning and Red Flag Watch.

New Mexico:

Winter Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory, and High Wind Warning.

18 minutes ago

More than 1,600 flights canceled in the United States due to winter storm

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This photo shows travelers stranded at Denver International Airport on December 28, 2022 in Denver, Colorado, due to winter conditions.

(Credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

More than 1,600 flights have been canceled this Wednesday in the United States, as a winter storm spreads in the country.

By 8:00 pm ET on Wednesday, a total of 1,640 flights into and out of the US had been canceled, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

  • What states and cities are threatened by snowstorms in the United States?

    How long would they last?

Regional airline SkyWest, which operates through partnerships with United, Delta, American and Alaska Airlines, canceled more than 350 flights.

Delta and Southwest had canceled more than 250 flights.

More than 5,000 flights were delayed this Wednesday.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Denver International Airport and the Wayne County Metropolitan Airport for Detroit were hit the hardest, according to FlightAware.

Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport also faced interruptions in their operations.

More than 400 flights for this Thursday had already been canceled in advance for Wednesday. 

Southwest Airlines has issued winter weather waivers for a dozen airports.

Delta Air Lines has issued waivers for winter weather in the Upper Midwest and winter weather in the Rocky Mountain and Mountain regions.

American Airlines and United also issued winter weather waivers for travel this week.

Read more here. 

26 mins ago

Where is snow expected in the next few days in the US?

The winter weather does not let up the United States, which has faced harsh storms with gusts of strong winds and significant snowfall.

On the map below, we show you the snow accumulation forecasts for the next few days, according to the National Meteorological Service.

You can follow the latest forecasts here.

How to drive safely in the snow

If you're driving in an ice or snow storm, keep these tips in mind:

  • Pack a winter riding kit that includes a bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, or kitty litter), a snow shovel and traction mats, an ice scraper and window washer fluid, jumper cables, a flashlight, and flares or warning triangles and other elements that you can consult here.

  • Drive slowly, with your headlights on, and avoid stopping frequently.

  • Exit carefully from the parking lots.

  • Keep as much distance as possible from other vehicles.

  • Drive on the hills as slowly as possible.

How to stay safe indoors

If snow is compounded by cold temperatures, the CDC offers these tips to keep you and your family safe at home:

  • Make sure that babies under the age of one do not sleep in cold rooms and have appropriate warm clothing such as pajamas, one-piece blankets or sleeping bags.

    Remove pillows or other soft bedding from a baby's crib, as they pose a risk of suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome.

  • If you have friends or neighbors who are over the age of 65, check their condition often and make sure their homes have adequate heating.

  • Leave water faucets slightly open to prevent frozen pipes.

  • Eat well-balanced meals to keep warm.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can cause your body to lose heat more quickly.

  • "Never use generators, gas or charcoal grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside your home, in basements, in garages, or near windows," the CDC says.

    "Vapors are deadly."

  • Using the stove for heating is not safe, the CDC warns;

    instead, use extra blankets, sleeping bags, or coats.

    A working fireplace or space heater can be a safe alternative.

28 minutes ago

What states and cities are threatened by snowstorms in the United States?

The U.S. Upper Midwest has borne the brunt of the country's expected snowfall, amid a storm that stretches from coast to coast and has millions of people under winter watches.

According to the National Weather Service, some areas of the Midwest could snow at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour on Wednesday, combined with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

From now until Friday, February 25, the largest snow accumulations are expected in the states of California, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wyoming, as can be seen on this map with the authorities' predictions.

Here, the review of the places that face the worst threats.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The worst impacts are expected to take place in the Twin Cities region, which includes the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs, beginning late Wednesday through Thursday.

Heavy snowfall is expected to cover the ground fairly quickly, and to be accompanied by gusty winds, making travel especially dangerous.

In Minneapolis, the "historic" three-day storm "will bring widespread snow accumulation, with wind and drifting snow primarily Wednesday through Thursday," the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities specifically said.

The city could receive 15 to 25 inches of snow by Thursday, in addition to the 1 to 3 inches that have already fallen there.

Governor Tim Walz ordered the state National Guard, department of transportation and patrol to be prepared to respond to impacts from the storm.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In addition to the up to 10 cm that have already been recorded in the state, snowfall of up to 41 cm and winds of 72 km / hour are also expected.

The South Dakota governor announced Tuesday the closure of state government executive branch offices Wednesday in more than half of the state's 66 counties, with plans for employees to work remotely.

Additionally, Interstates 29 and 90 were partially closed Tuesday night to prepare for the expected snow.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Heavy snowfall of up to 30 cm is expected this Wednesday.

Read more here. 

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Source: cnnespanol

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