Snow storms sweep the United States and cause flight cancellations

Snow storms sweep the United States

Wednesday saw an array of turbulent weather conditions over the United States, with some areas receiving heavy snowfall which caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled while other regions were blessed with unseasonably warm temperatures.

On Thursday, several regions of the country experienced severe snowstorms with accumulations exceeding 60 centimetres. This inclement weather disrupted flight schedules and left many citizens without power from the western coast to the Great Lakes region.

Though sunny areas near Los Angeles rarely experience snowfall, warnings were issued for this winter season – just as those locations are known for their cold climate further north.

National forecasters said snow would cover parts of Minnesota in an “unprecedented winter storm that will likely make travel impossible.”

A statement warned that gusty northeasterly winds of between 55 and 70 km per hour will blow the heavy snow into exposed areas, potentially accumulating up to several feet thick.

If journeying is unavoidable, be sure to equip your vehicle with an extra lamp and enough food and water for any unexpected circumstances. Travel should only occur in the event of a serious case or emergency… During times when you may become stranded, remain inside of your car until help arrives.

As of the 00:00 GMT Thursday, over 1,550 U.S. based flights have been cancelled according to FlightAware’s website. Areas such as Denver, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis/St Paul were heavily impacted by these cancellations while Wyoming’s transportation authorities advise citizens to alter their travel plans if travelling towards the state.

With a powerful winter storm on its way, Wyoming highways and secondary roads will be closed for several days. This is according to her latest post on her Facebook page.

Over 280,000 households around the nation are facing power outages due to hazardous weather conditions such as snow, ice and icy rain. Particularly hard hit is Michigan where a reported half of these properties were affected by the inclement climate which caused electricity lines to freeze and left them exposed to powerful winds.