Severe weather in the USA: The cold snap is slowly disappearing

Status: 12/26/2022 7:30 PM

A blizzard and extremely cold weather killed at least 48 people in the United States. The cold front, which is dominating large parts of the country, will only slowly weaken, according to meteorologists.

Severe winter weather in the eastern half of the United States will continue to affect traffic and public life in the coming days after Christmas. The National Weather Service predicted that the cold front stretching from the Canadian Great Lakes border to the Rio Grande on the Mexican border would only slowly weaken.

Recently, the storm has subsided at least somewhat in most states. According to the weather service, the center of the cold front has shifted north into eastern Canada.

At least 38 dead so far

Weather warnings, locally impassable roads, and power outages affected 60 percent of the American population. In western New York alone, hail has killed 27 people. A city government spokesperson said 20 of those deaths were reported from Buffalo. This increased the confirmed number of deaths due to cold and severe weather across the United States to at least 48.

In Buffalo, a hurricane force storm caused what are called blackout conditions. A meteorological phenomenon referred to as “bleaching” in which snow and dim sunlight produce an intense brightness in which streaks and shadows disappear.

Snow plows and heavy impact equipment also broke down in some cases.

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Almost all countries affected

Severe weather saw temperatures plunge below freezing in 48 states over the weekend, thousands of flights canceled and residents stranded in their homes covered in ice and snow.

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Power was temporarily lost to 1.7 million homes and businesses from the east to the west coast. Between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains, temperatures have fallen below normal levels. Under these conditions, one could suffer from frostbite outdoors in a matter of minutes, the Met Service has warned.

Air traffic was also severely affected

More than 2,360 domestic and international flights were canceled Saturday, according to FlightAware. At the airport in Tampa, Florida, the thermometer showed temperatures below zero for the first time in almost five years, and, according to the weather service, there were also frosts in other regions of the rather warm US state. Even in West Palm Beach, only six degrees were measured.

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