An arctic blast of cold air has pushed its way into a large portion of the country from western Montana to the Midwest. With temperatures in Great Falls, Montana overnight at -16 and -9 in International Falls, Minnesota, there’s no doubt that winter is here. This type of bone-chilling cold weather is typically is a product of late winter and is rather unusual at this early stage of the cold weather season. Over three dozen states were in the deep freeze this past weekend and as we move into the new work week, things are not looking all that much better.
Forecasters are telling people living in the Midwest to bundle up this week. Snow and ice are creating hazardous driving conditions in several areas of the Midwest including Michigan. As of Monday morning, there have already been several roadway slide-offs and minor accidents reported across portions of western Michigan. The National Weather Service is warning people in portions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to be ready for anywhere from between 3 and 8 inches of new snow.
Even parts of the country without any snow on the ground have to deal with icy roads, frozen pipes and other cold weather woes due to the arctic blast of cold air that’s hanging over a large chunk of the nation. Highway officials in many states are warning people to stay off icy roads and if they have to go out to take extra care when driving. People are also being reminded to fill up their gas tanks and to put a few extras into their vehicles such as jumper cables, flashlights, sand and ice scrapers.
In Philadelphia, a heavy snow band dumped 5 to 12 inches of snow Friday. Just as people there were digging themselves out from that snowstorm, another round of moisture returned late Sunday, dropping sleet and freezing rain before changing over to all rain before dawn. Officials in Philly are warning residents to use extreme caution as there is ice accumulation in some areas of the greater metropolitan area. The National Weather Service said early Monday that sleet and freezing rain could fall during the day in some parts of Pennsylvania including the Poconos and the Leigh Valley area making travel slow and dangerous.
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