Ice Storms in the US; NA Hit Hard by Snow
School closures are happening across the US and Canada today as a cold front moves in again and hits areas with snow, freezing rain, and even ice storms.
Central Illinois might get hit by an ice storm later today, and a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for most of the country, meaning significant snow fall, sleet and ice accumulations will make travel really difficult.
The National Weather Service office in Lincoln is already heading caution by posting a Winter Storm Watch that will go into effect from Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night. Counties in the watch area include: Knox, Stark, Peoria, Marshall, Woodford, Fulton, Tazewell, and McLean. Freezing rain is expected to develop across the watch area Thursday.
Connecticut will get a mix of freezing rain and snow today, and some schools have been closed, but roads right now are clear and there are many trucks out plowing the roads.
Planes have been grounded at some airports across the US. Schools have been closed in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee and Illinois, as some areas have received half a foot of snow.
Around 300 flights were cancelled at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and highways have been shut down in Texas because they were too slippery to drive on.
There were similar problems in Oklahoma, where a glaze of ice gave surfaces a beautiful sheen - except on the roads, which became treacherous.
More than 20 centimetres of snow was expected in Washington state, from north of Seattle to the B.C. border. Some places in higher elevations got up to 2 feet.
Adding to the misery was the cold, as temperatures plunged to -35C in northern Minnesota - without the wind chill.
New England is getting the worse of the winter weather and about 106,000 people are without power in New Hampshire, and 7,800 are without power in Maine. About 70,000 people haven't had power in Massachusetts in days now.
Twenty deaths are being blamed on the winter storms so far.
Up in Canada, snow is falling in Vancouver, and a weather warning has been issued. Buses are having trouble driving here, and in Toronto they had their first major commute through the snow this morning when about 10 centimetres fell overnight.
A weather warning has also been issued for Windsor, Ontario.