Millions of Americans are experiencing wind chill advisories as the winter storm brings heavy ice, snow and rain to the Northwest

Millions of Americans are experiencing wind chill advisories as the winter storm brings heavy ice, snow and rain to the Northwest

At least nine weather-related deaths occurred across the country this week.

More than 105 million Americans remain on alert for dangerously low wind chills after an arctic blast swept across the United States.

There were at least nine weather-related deaths across the country this week — six in Tennessee, two in New Jersey and one in Mississippi, according to authorities.

As of early Wednesday, the National Weather Service had issued wind chill advisories or advisories in 26 states, from North Dakota to Florida.

Wind chill temperatures are expected to reach -25 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of North Dakota on Wednesday morning, -16 in Chicago, Illinois, and -12 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Some of the coldest temperatures of the season headed to the Northeast, and wind chills Wednesday morning were expected to be in the single digits along the Interstate 95 highway travel corridor, although no advisories were issued.

The warm Florida city of Tampa was also under a wind chill warning Wednesday morning where temperatures could reach nearly 20 degrees.

Meanwhile, Austin and San Antonio, Texas, could break daily low temperature records on Wednesday at or around 10 degrees.

In the coming days, Saturday morning wind chills will reach -22 degrees in Kansas City and reach below zero in Memphis, Tennessee. Morning wind chills in Chicago will remain below zero through the weekend.

Although conditions will be dry in the Northeast on Wednesday, more snow is expected to fall in areas around the Great Lakes. Lake effect snowfall warnings were in effect for places like Buffalo and Watertown, New York, where up to 4 feet of snow could reach by Thursday evening. This is in addition to the more than 40 inches of snow that fell last weekend.

Another storm was already coming ashore in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday morning. Ice storm warnings were in effect for more than 3 million people in Oregon, including Portland where residents could wake up to up to 3/4 inch of ice. More than 65,000 customers were without power in Oregon as of 4:30 a.m. ET.

In the Cascade Mountains, there was a chance of up to 7 inches of snow and an inch of ice.

Snow from this storm is expected to move over the Rocky Mountains on Wednesday and Thursday, including Colorado where avalanche warnings were in effect through Thursday. The avalanche danger is high – at a level of 4 out of 5 – because the heavy snow and strong winds have created extremely treacherous conditions that can easily trigger large, dangerous avalanches.

High wind warnings were also in effect for parts of Colorado’s mountains, with wind gusts of up to 75 mph possible Wednesday morning.

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains could get up to 2 feet of snow Wednesday morning into Friday morning. The snow will then move to Nebraska and Missouri on Thursday.

A separate weather system will bring snow to Kentucky on Thursday before combining with moisture from the Plains to bring another round of snow to the Northeast on Friday, with an additional 1 to 3 inches expected for the I-95 corridor.

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