Winter storm pummels Midwestern states ahead of New Year’s Eve holiday

Winter storm pummels Midwestern states ahead of New Year's Eve holiday

A forceful winter storm plowed through the Midwestern U.S. 星期二, canceling hundreds of flights, shuttering coronavirus testing sites and creating impossible conditions for drivers.

The National Weather Service had issued winter storm advisories for 爱荷华州, 堪萨斯州, 密苏里州, 南达科他州, 威斯康星州, 内布拉斯加伊利诺伊州.

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As the system traversed the Cornhusker State, 内布拉斯加, the storm dumped 多于 7 英寸 by Tuesday afternoon.

Iowans also experienced heavy snowfall, with totals up to more than a foot, 而 Wisconsin saw up to 8 英寸.

Isabel Wang, 8, cross-country skied home through Scheid Park in Golden Valley, 敏恩, with her younger brother, Fearghus, 4 and father, Hans, during the snowstorm on Tuesday, 十二月. 29, 2020. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Isabel Wang, 8, cross-country skied home through Scheid Park in Golden Valley, 敏恩, with her younger brother, Fearghus, 4 and father, Hans, during the snowstorm on Tuesday, 十二月. 29, 2020. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Chicago’s Midway Airport got 多于 3 inches of snow, O’Hare International Airport measured 2.6 英寸, and Rockford Airport counted more than 6 inches by Wednesday morning.

Transportation was impeded in most states as snow fell, causing visibility problems for drivers and pilots alike.

Nebraska’s State Patrol said troopers responded to over 150 weather-related incidents, and Iowa’s Department of Transportation urged residents to delay 旅行 计划. Kansas and Illinois law enforcement also reported several accidents, and Missouri’s Department of Transportation said roads were covered with snow.

此外, ice accumulation weighing down power lines led to hundreds of power outages in Iowa, Nebraska and northwest Missouri, according to News Channel Nebraska.

State agencies are on standby as a second front reaching from the Great Lakes to the Southern Plains moves eastward to the Northeast Coast and Southwest to the Western Gulf Coast.

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德州, 密西西比州 and the Mid-Atlantic are in for a wintry mix, with thunderstorms and heavier precipitationthough reduced in sizepredicted through the end of the week.

New Year’s Eve celebrations are expected to be damp for the East and Pacific Northwest.

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