Heavy winter snowstorms are forecast for the Midwest and Northeast on Friday
More than 115 million residents from Iowa to New Jersey are facing a winter storm that forecasters warn will bring snow, freezing temperatures and unsafe travel conditions on Friday with frozen roads.
The storm is expected to bring 1-3 inches of snow to the Midwest and Northeast, with some areas receiving 3-6 inches or more by Friday night, AccuWeather said. Major cities, including New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, are expected to receive light to moderate snowfall.
“The dry, powdery nature of the snow and cold ground will lead to immediate accumulations on roads, such that slippery conditions will develop soon after the storm begins,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said in a report.
Winter weather is expected to impact travel
Snow is expected to impact travel Friday on Interstate 80, as well as disrupt traffic on local roads and state highways from the Midwest to the Northeast, according to AccuWeather.
Meteorologists said they expect de-icing operations at airports, including major airports such as Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. Flight cancellations could also increase due to crew delays and displaced aircraft.
California will also see heavy rain starting Friday and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures in the western United States should be above average, except for the interior of the Pacific Northwest. Arctic air will remain in the northern Plains in this region, bringing dangerous icy conditions across the Columbia River Gorge Thursday into Friday. The Washington Cascades could also see heavy snowfall due to an upcoming storm, the National Weather Service said.
Iguana fall forecast for South Florida this weekend
With temperatures expected to drop into the low 40s in South Florida this weekend, authorities are warning residents in some areas that they may see what looks like an iguana falling from the sky.
Some of the extreme cold that envelopes much of the country can immobilize reptiles and cause them to fall from trees. The lizards begin to slow down in temperatures below 50 degrees and have been known to “freeze” when temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
National Weather Service stations in Florida have issued informal “fall iguana” warnings before to warn residents of the danger of extreme cold and advise them that the lizards they may find on the ground are usually temporarily immobile and not dead.
“Iguanas are cold-blooded. They slow down or become unable to move when temperatures drop into the 40s. They may fall from trees, but they are not dead,” the weather service said.
– Doyle Rice