powerful snow storms advance over vast areas of the western United Stateswith the advice of the experts that It will snow in Los Angeles for the first time since 1989while as a strange paradox of winter in the northern hemisphere in other eastern regions of the country unusual heat is forecast.
A wide swath of the country, from the west seaboard to the Great Lakes regionis enduring fierce snowfall, which in extreme cases have reached more than a meter thick. The situation forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the interruption of the electricity supply to thousands of homes.
Warnings of heavy snowfall they have even reached sunny regions around Los Angeles, which this Thursday endured stormy conditions and began to see the first snowfall, although experts have indicated that the worst moment of the coming phenomenon will be from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. All outdoor activities have already been suspended and traffic suffers severe inconveniences.
Meteorologists have also anticipated that the snowfall will hit parts of the state of Minnesotawarning about the extreme danger that going out onto the roads will represent, recommending that “only use the option to travel in emergencies.”
“Heavy snow, combined with strong northeasterly gusts of between 55 and 70 kilometers per hour (…) This will lead to significant wind and advancing snow whitening open areas. Some snowfall can reach several feet deep,” warned the system.
“If you need to travel, have extra flashlights, food and water in your vehicles in case of emergencies. Travel should be limited to emergencies only. If you need to travel, keep a winter emergency kit. If you get lost, stay in your vehicle,” said the weather report, warning about the storms that were already a reality this Thursday, and whose effects are expected to last several days.
Thousands of canceled flights
Nearly 2,000 flights with routes to, from or within the United States had been canceled as of 01:30 GMT, according to the Flightaware.com portal, which highlighted the Denver region on its map, as well as the cities of Salt Lake City and Minneapolis as quite hit.
The roads were also in harsh conditions. Wyoming’s department of transportation asked travelers to avoid the state. “A severe winter storm and multi-day closures are likely to affect major and secondary roads in Wyoming.”
More than 300,000 properties were without power at the end of Thursday, according to the portal Poweroutage.usthe bulk of them in Michiganwhere snow and rain were impacting transmission lines.
The storm in Los Angeles, very dangerous
An Exceptional Blizzard Warning Was Issued For The Mountains Surrounding Los Angeles Effective Thursdayand snow is expected to fall even at low elevation locations. “It’s time to prepare for a winter storm COLD AND DANGEROUS It should last for a good part of the week,” warned the National Weather Service in Los Angeles.
“Several FEET of snow should fall on the mountains (…) Powerful and potentially destructive winds are also expected”added the weather forecast.
If snowfall does indeed occur in the city of Los Angeles, it will be the first time it has occurred since 1989. Angelenos were contemplating snow on the top of some neighboring mountains on Thursday. “Almost the entire population [de California] You will be able to see snow later this week from some locations if you look in the right direction, for example towards the nearest high hills,” scientist Daniel Swain tweeted.
In addition to cold by Southern California standards, forecasters warned that in some regions of the north and the center of the country the thermometers will drop to -34C.
In the east of the country, an unusual heat
But while the western and northern parts of the United States will be shivering, the east will record unusual heat.
“The temperature spikes on Thursday will be particularly anomalous for the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic. [Delaware, Maryland, Nueva Jersey, Nueva York y Pensilvania]where temperatures of 40+ degrees will be closer to expectations in June than in February,” The National Weather Service noted.
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