The end of US! 😱 The strongest snow storm ever suddenly hit Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma!
An anomalous snowfall for the spring month hit the USA! A late-winter season storm is forecast to bring mixed rainfall across a wide area of the United States through Saturday, raising concerns about hazardous traffic conditions and scattered power outages.
About 20 million people from Tennessee to Maine were on a storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.
“It’s a pretty impressive storm situation,” Matthew Clay, a meteorologist with the Met Service in Burlington, Va., said Friday.
Snow can fall in some places at two to four inches per hour and can combine with winds up to 70 miles per hour, resulting in “blizzards and snowdrifts,” the service’s Weather Forecasting Center warned.
“Severely reduced visibility and snow fog conditions make movement extremely dangerous,” the center said.
The center also warned that heavy sleet could contribute to power outages. Record low temperatures were likely for much of the southeast.
The weather service said light snow will fall from the Southern Plains to Wisconsin on Friday, amid a cold front traversing the central United States.
This front will intensify, leading to the development of a severe winter storm in the Tennessee and Ohio valleys in the eastern part of the country this weekend.
Areas of North Texas and southern Oklahoma are expected to receive several inches of snow before Friday morning. Similar amounts of snow were expected in areas around eastern Tennessee through Saturday evening, with up to ten inches of snow expected in parts of Kentucky.
Parts of Kansas received up to six inches of snow. Weather warnings prompted Kansas City, Missouri to close public schools on Friday.
Jim Stefkovic, a meteorologist with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, said a winter storm warning had been issued for northern Alabama.
Strong winds led to dangerous situations, icing and power outages.
According to weather forecasters, the northeast will suffer the most from snow drifts. Areas around Albany, New York could see up to four inches of snow fall. Cities further north could get up to 16 inches.
In Vermont, most of the state was forecast to receive between seven and 18 inches of snow, with parts of northern Maine likely to receive between 14 and 21 inches.
One meteorologist said it’s not unusual to see a late winter storm system in March, but what’s happening now is on the brink of a weather cataclysm.
“March is one of those months where in some years we see a lot of snow, and in some years we see next to nothing,” Torrey Gocher, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Norton, Massachusetts, said Friday. “Technically we are in a meteorological spring, but in fact we are at the epicenter of a winter cyclone,” he added. The authorities are still in control of the situation.