U.S. winter storm: Flights canceled, 91 million under weather alerts

More than 91 million people are under winter precipitation alerts and nearly six million on cold temperature alerts as the U.S. faces its second winter storm in a week.

Driving the news: The “significant winter storm” that’s set to affect states from Colorado to Vermont began impacting much of the central U.S. overnight, per the National Weather Service. It’s due to hit the hardest in the South, where icy roads and power outages could lead to blackouts.

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Details: Heavy snow will fall in the Rockies before traveling across the Midwest through Wednesday, the NWS said.

  • High temperatures for many locations across the Plains will be between 15 and 25 degrees below average.
  • By Friday morning, temperatures in the Texas Panhandle are forecast to be in the single digits. Heavy ice accumulation is expected from Arkansas through the Ohio River Valley.
  • The storm will then push into the Northeast, where people are still recovering from last week’s historic blizzard.

What they’re saying: “[T]he public is encouraged to plan now for prolonged hazardous winter weather conditions and disrupted travel,” NWS said in a short-range forecast.

Andrew Freedman contributed reporting.

Editor’s note: This article and its headline have been updated to reflect the storm’s impact on the central U.S. and further flight cancellations.

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