Blisteringly cold temperatures have hit much of the United States
More than 150,000 are without power in Oregon
As freezing rain continues to fall on parts of Oregon today, more than 150,000 customers are experiencing power outages, according to poweroutage.us.
More than 47,000 people were without power across Michigan after heavy snow and high winds hit the state this weekend, and more than 35,000 remained without power in neighboring Wisconsin.
Governor Kathy Hochul: ‘Too good day not to have a football game’
New York Governor Kathy Hochul posted on X Today a video of blizzard conditions in downtown Buffalo. Hochul previously announced that today’s Bills-Steelers playoff game has been postponed to Monday.
“Looks like a very good day not to play a football match,” she posted on X.
Take a look at the winter weather across the United States
A dangerous Arctic blast is hitting wide swaths of the country, bringing heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions along with dangerous wind chills.
See some photos of winter conditions across the United States
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The Buffalo Bills still need help bulldozing Highmark Stadium
Although their playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed until Monday, the Buffalo Bills are still looking for volunteers to help remove snow from inside Highmark Stadium before kickoff.
Dredging will begin at 8am today instead of 10pm on Saturday. There will be three shoveling shifts: 8 a.m., 12 noon, and 4 p.m. Shovelers can work all day Sunday and continue through Monday, if necessary, for an hourly wage of $20.
Prospective shovelers need photo ID to work and will be provided with food and breaks in warm areas throughout their shifts.
NWS says “dangerous” weather and snow storms will continue
A new wave of Arctic air heading south over the Midwestern and northern Plains states will bring “dangerous” cold weather, dangerously low temperatures and wind chills, the National Weather Service’s National Weather Prediction Center said in a new alert today.
She added that sub-zero winds will affect most parts of the country, reaching parts of the south by next week. Wind chill temperatures from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi Valley will be at minus 30 degrees, posing risks of frostbite and hypothermia to anyone exposed.
She added that heavy snow is expected to fall over the Great Lakes and part of New York, with up to 24 inches of snow expected in upstate New York on Monday. It warned that driving conditions would be dangerous, with blizzards and winds leading to reduced visibility and icy conditions on the roads.
Possibility of snow storms in New York City
Snow storms are possible today in parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service.
New Yorkers were asked to prepare, because the storms could bring gusty winds and significantly reduce visibility.
Storms often last less than 30 minutes, but can be severe, like a “mini-blizzard,” according to the city’s Department of Emergency Management.
New York City residents should be prepared for up to a half-inch of snow on the ground and winds of 40-45 mph from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Roads can get slippery during snowstorms, but because of New York City’s moderate temperatures, they shouldn’t become icy.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the city would work to treat the streets with salt, but he asked New Yorkers to stay off the roads if there is a blizzard warning in their neighborhood.
A winter blast in Iowa has complicated last-minute campaign stops
Drone video captured winter conditions in Des Moines, Iowa, where record cold is complicating upcoming caucuses and prompting candidates to cancel events.
Snow, wind and cold will continue Sunday
Today’s forecast calls for more of the same: more snow, more wind, deep wind chills and lower temperatures across the United States.
Heavy snow is expected to fall on the lakes downwind of the Great Lakes region through mid-week, with bleak conditions expected, according to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center.
More snow is on the way to parts of the United States, including western and northern New York State, which could see an additional 1 to 2 feet of snowfall through Monday, and Michigan, which could see another 12 inches.
Dangerous wind chills are also expected to continue today, affecting much of the United States and extending south. Some areas — from the northern Rockies to northern Kansas and into Iowa — will see wind chills below 30 below zero, according to the National Weather Service.
Montana and West Dakota will see wind chills as low as 65 below zero.
Heavy snow is expected to impact travel from Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Utah, according to the National Weather Service, which noted that freezing rain in western Oregon could damage trees and power lines.
Parts of the Pacific Northwest and California are also expected to see heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding in some areas.
The South could also see snow, sleet and freezing rain in some areas, including the southern Plains into the Tennessee Valley. The weather service said ice could make travel dangerous in parts of Texas through the lower Mississippi Valley.