Winter weather across the US, closes schools and airports
As the harsh winter weather continues across the United States, snow, sleet and ice have forced the closures of hundreds of schools, roads and airports, stranding travelers and causing accidents.
The National Weather Service has posted numerous winter storm warnings all across the country, and residents of almost every state are bracing themselves for what could be a harsh night of winter storms.
According to wtnh weather, in Austin, Texas, the National Weather Service is predicting that snow could come down at a rate of about 1 to 2 inches an hour this afternoon, and eight to twelve could have accumlated by the time the storm passes late on Friday night.
Austin's sights are set on the Northeast after setting records in the West and the Great Lakes region.The storm left thick ice in central Illinois and 38,000 customers were without power. Heavy snow started falling before daybreak in Michigan.The 19.4 inches of snow that had fallen at Spokane International Airport Thursday morning was the most in a 24-hour period since record keeping began in 1881. Another 4 inches had fallen by Thursday afternoon.
Winter Storm Austin has crews in Connecticut out on the streets, clearing snow and salting the surface, but the Emergency Operations Center has also been activiated just in case.
Wthn.com has a list of school and daycare closures here in and around the London City area. Most of the facilities are closing at 1pm today.
As winter brings storms, so does it bring hazardous road conditions. The Nebraska road conditions had state troopers so concerned they were partrolling the streets helping as many as they could out of situations. For the road conditions in Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri, highways partols are all warning that they are slippery and dangerous and to only travel if you have to. To obtain information anytime on the road conditions, you can call 511 from any phone or 1-866-511-5368.
Phone numbers for road conditions in other states surrounding Kansas are also provided. Information is provided free from a landline phone; however, for cellular phone users, cell minutes may apply but there should be no roaming fee.
AccuWeather has released information for a major storm today that is currently in the Midwest, moving towards the Northeast. A second storm will follow this weekend, and will cause havoc all the way till Christmas. The storm has frozen the Midwest and is moving towards the East at the moment, and will reach the East Coast by this afternoon.
Snowstorms are expected in New York and New England today, and the city of New York has been working hard to get ready for the snow. LaGuardia airport has cancelled 500 flights so far, and about six inches of snow are expected.
The Severe Weather Center has listed snow warnings and advisories including the Boston area, which could get up to a foot of snow before this afternoon, creating blizzard conditions.
This is a fast-moving storm. Snow will fall over a 6- to 9-hour time frame. According to Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet, "By Saturday morning, there will only be some leftover light snow in New England after the storm moves over the Atlantic Ocean."
In the video report, Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski reports the trio of storms and a new blast of arctic air will continue to cause problems across the country right up until Christmas Eve day.
The heaviest snow fall today, looks like it will be across the Great Lakes region and the Midwest / Northeast of the United States.
An area of low pressure is moving down causing areas such as Idaho to suffer terrible road conditions and accidents.