Most of the United States is now bracing for a major ”coast to coast” winter storm, as the National Weather Service (NWS) described it. The said storm may bring “historic snowfall” to the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area.
Posting on social media Tuesday, the NWS said: “A major winter storm will affect a large portion of the country this week. Heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain is likely across the western and northern tier portions of the United States. Extreme impacts are likely, and historic snowfall is possible near Minneapolis, MN.”
A major winter storm will affect a large portion of the country this week. Heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain is likely across the western and northern tier portions of the United States. Extreme impacts are likely, and historic snowfall is possible near Minneapolis, MN. pic.twitter.com/28hULIrwj9
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) February 21, 2023
The agency has called it “Winter Storm Olive.”
Per the NWS, they expect the winter storm to be “extremely disruptive” to travel.
“For portions of the High Plains to the Midwest, the combination of heavy snow rates of 1-2”/hr and strong wind gusts of 40-50 mph will create blizzard conditions,” the agency said, warning the public of “nearly impossible travel” and power outages.
More specifically, the NWS sent out warnings for:
- “A major winter storm that will spread a large swath of heavy snow from the West Coast to the Northeast through Thursday; freezing rain forecast for the Lower Great Lakes…”
- “Widespread very strong, gusty winds expected across the West and adjacent High Plains…”
- “Heavy rain with the potential for scattered flash flooding and severe weather for the Midwest and Plains Wednesday…”
- “Widespread record-breaking highs possible in the East and much below average cold in the West beginning mid-week.”
The severe winter storm is set to arrive weeks after millions braced for the ice storm that ravaged the country, causing dangerous travel conditions.
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