New York snow drought, brings record cold to West - MilectoNew York snow drought, brings record cold to West - Milecto

As an Arctic blast got stronger over most of the United States on Tuesday morning, millions of people had to deal with snow, freezing rain, and very cold temps. This ended a “snow drought” that had been going on for almost two years in New York City and made it very cold in many parts of the West. The Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, and the Midwest were all expected to have record-breaking cold. In the morning, wind chills below -30 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 degrees Celsius) were expected in the mid-Mississippi Valley.

It was -36 degrees Fahrenheit (-38 degrees Celsius) in the town of Briggsdale, Colorado, on Tuesday morning, making it the coldest place in the country. Katie Sizemore, a barista at the Blue Mug Coffee Bar in Greeley, Colorado, was shocked to learn that she worked close to the United States’ coldest place. Even though it was about 13 degrees warmer in Greeley, which is about 30 miles south of Briggsdale, Sizemore said that people there were still getting ready for the cold by putting on extra clothes and turning on their heaters.

“We try to keep our outdoor time short,” she mentioned.

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People sled on a hill outside of the U.S. Capitol building, looking towards the National Mall in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2024. REUTERS/Leah Millis

In New York City, where snowfall had been scarce for nearly two years, residents awoke to a picturesque winter scene outside their windows. As of Tuesday morning, 1.4 inches (3.6 cm) of snow adorned Central Park in Manhattan, finally ending a “snow drought” that lasted for 701 days without more than a light dusting. The National Weather Service’s New York office joyfully declared the end of the streak on Facebook, leading users to share their reactions to this unexpected and appreciated surprise.

Last night, 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) of snow coated Washington, D.C., while Baltimore and Philadelphia saw a more modest 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) of the powdery white stuff.

New England, including New York State, was anticipating an additional 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) before a brief break from the intense cold midweek, as per the weather service.

Buffalo, New York, had a substantial overnight snowfall of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 91 cm), following 3 feet over the weekend. A “lake effect” snow warning for western New York was issued and is expected to remain in effect until Thursday evening. This type of snowfall is a norm in western New York during winter, thanks to the unfrozen Great Lakes meeting icy upper atmospheric air, creating clouds that swiftly generate snow, as explained by the weather service.

Snow didn’t spare the Appalachians and Western North Carolina, and even Southern states experienced unusual cold snaps, shared Bob Oravec from the Weather Prediction Centre in College Park, Maryland. Nashville, Tennessee, usually not accustomed to heavy snow, received 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm), while Mobile, Alabama, in the Deep South, woke up to freezing rain and an uncommon 31 degrees Fahrenheit (-0.5 degrees Celsius).

DEATHS AND DISRUPTIONS COLD

At least five people have died across the country since the weekend because of the tough weather. Two of them died of cold in Oregon, according to local media.

Even though most big power outages were fixed over the weekend, more than 50,000 Oregon users were still without power on Tuesday morning. PowerOutage.us shows that tens of thousands of people in Louisiana, Texas, and Alabama also lost power.

Because of higher demand during the winter storm, the person in charge of the Texas power grid asked people to use less energy on Tuesday morning. Over 3,000 planes within or between the United States were cancelled or delayed, which had a big effect on travel. FlightAware.com, a website that tracks flights, says that some of the worst problems happened at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

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