WINTER STORM UPDATES: Sub-zero wind chills were felt across the United States
More than 95 million people in the United States were under a wind chill advisory or warning on Sunday, as a “polar blast” blanketed large parts of the country, while snow was expected to fall in the South and the Northeast braced for wind-driven storms. Forecasters said.
The National Weather Service announced wind chill readings On Sunday, the temperature will reach 19 degrees below zero in Arkansas, 9 degrees below zero in Dallas, and 60 degrees below zero in Montana. Low temperatures are expected to dominate most parts of the country during the middle of the week.
“These wind chills will pose a risk of frostbite on exposed skin and hypothermia,” the weather service said. “Get a cold survival kit if you have to travel.”
The extreme weather has proven dangerous in other ways. Strong winds smashed a tree into a home in northwest Lake Oswego, Oregon, on Saturday morning, killing a man inside, Sgt. Tom Harper, of the Lake Oswego Police Department, said more than 100 trees fell in the area over the weekend.
Also in Oregon, Portland Fire and Rescue struggled to reach the scene of an RV fire in the southeast part of the city due to road closures caused by downed power lines and trees. Emergency vehicles had to move at a slow pace due to slick roads, said Lt. Terry Foster, a fire inspector.
An open flame stove was being used to heat the RV during the winter storm, and a tree fell on it, starting the fire. A woman in her early 30s was killed, while three other people in the recreational vehicle were able to escape. One of the three people was injured and taken to hospital.
High temperatures on Sunday and Monday will likely be 20 to 40 degrees below average from Montana to Texas.
Potential blizzards — bursts of snow accompanied by strong winds — will spread east-northeast on Sunday across Pennsylvania into parts of southern New York and possibly into New York City.
The wind warning posted Sunday includes the Philadelphia metropolitan area and points east to the northern New Jersey coast. Winds of up to 40 to 50 mph can create whiteout conditions for 15 to 20 minutes.
The Meteorological Service said that strong winds could damage trees and lead to power outages.
Lakeshore snow is also a threat this weekend in the Great Lakes region, with snow possible in Michigan, Wisconsin and western and upstate New York.
Multiple winter storm warnings were in effect Sunday morning around the Buffalo area, where up to 2 feet of snow was expected to fall throughout the weekend. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul warned residents Friday to take shelter ahead of this weekend’s storm and to prepare for power outages.
Due to weather, the NFL’s weekend game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, has been postponed to Monday at 4:30 PM ET from Sunday at 1 PM.
Around New York and northeastern Pennsylvania, the weather service forecast snow and local wind gusts up to 50 mph, and New York City could get one to two inches of snow Monday night into Tuesday.
Arkansas and Tennessee could receive up to six inches of snow.
Snow, sleet, rain and dangerous winds are expected to hit the West Coast, Plains and parts of the Northeast, extending into parts of the South.
Snow and freezing rain are expected to fall from the West Coast to the Rocky Mountains. Heavy snow and ice make travel conditions “poor to impossible” in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Utah.
The National Weather Service warned that adverse weather conditions and heavy snowfall created a “high avalanche risk in parts of the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains.”
Such warnings in the West come in the wake of an avalanche that killed one person at a popular ski resort on Lake Tahoe in California on Wednesday.
Moving east from the northern Rockies into northern Kansas and Iowa, wind temperatures will drop to below 30 degrees, forecasters said, adding that dangerously cold weather will “continue and renew” in parts of the Midwest.
Parts of the South will see cold weather, with winter precipitation, including snow, sleet and freezing rain, expected in several states. Ice is also expected to reach parts of central Texas through the lower Mississippi Valley.
Electric Reliability Council of Texas, known as ERCOT, Weather watch issuedAlthough he stated on social media that “conditions on the state’s electrical grid are expected to be normal.”
Judson Jones Contributed to reports.