At least 13 people were killed in several areas of the United States on Friday from a winter storm that brought freezing cold and severe blizzards to more than half of the United States.
Four people have died in cold-related auto accidents in the state of Ohio, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.
The collisions, one of which involved at least 50 vehicles, also injured several people.
While the state of Kentucky recorded three deaths. Village. Andy Beshear attributed the two deaths to car accidents.
Fatal accidents were also reported in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
As a result of the winter storm, approximately 1,500,000 homes and businesses were left without power. Nearly 5,000 flights to, from or within the United States were also canceled.
According to the US Weather Service, it could be the coldest Christmas weekend in decades for much of the US.
⚠️💨Strong northwest winds are leading to bitter cold wind chills and widespread blowing snow. Ground blizzard conditions are expected overnight into early Saturday morning for open and rural areas with localized whiteouts at times. #iawx #ilwx #mowx pic.twitter.com/LzzJRvrRLl
— NWS Quad Cities (@NWSQuadCities) December 24, 2022
In recent days, temperatures in parts of the states of Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming have been below -45°C.