As the National Weather Service (NWS) describes it, much of the United States is preparing for a “once-in-a-generation” winter storm that primarily affects the country’s Midwest and Northeast. moves towards.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday warned Americans to take the storm “extremely seriously” and follow the recommendations of officials.
“This is actually a very severe weather warning. And it goes from Oklahoma to Wyoming and from Wyoming to Maine. And there are real consequences, so I encourage everyone, everyone please follow local advisories,” he told reporters from the Oval Office.
Biden insisted that this is not like a normal snow day, but that it is something “serious”, while revealing that his government has tried to contact the 26 governors of the affected states.
According to local media, the minimum temperature in northern Idaho reached -59 °F (-50 °C), while some of the country’s major cities experienced extreme conditions on Friday with -34 °F (-36 0.6 °C). Will have to face ) in Chicago, Illinois, -32°F (-35°C) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and -21°F (-29°C) in Denver, Colorado.
In its latest update on Thursday, the NWS forecast a “major unusual storm” with snow, strong winds and “dangerous” low temperatures through the weekend.
The weather event will extend from the northern Great Basin, a watershed that includes Nevada, Utah and part of California, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming, to the northern Midwest, Great Lakes and central and northern Appalachians.
The NWS indicated that there will be “an unprecedented dangerously cold air mass” from the arctic front that will reach the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys tonight.
A total of 1,724 flights to or from the US have been canceled this Thursday, according to the FlightAware website.
The airports most affected by the cancellations are O’Hare, Chicago Midway and Denver in Chicago.
Airlines warned that snow, gusty winds and low temperatures could affect travel from Seattle on the country’s west coast to Boston in the northeast or North Carolina in the south.
Such are the weather conditions that even a country like Canada, accustomed to snowfall and low winter temperatures, is facing unusually extreme cold weather hitting the western provinces and the east with snow and wind in the coming hours. is expected to spread.