OMAHA, Neb. – A major winter storm blanketed parts of the center of the country with snow which is expected to continue through to the end of Tuesday in some areas, disrupting traffic and closing some coronavirus test sites The National Weather Service said that in Minus 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow is expected over most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan. Parts of southeastern Nebraska and western Iowa could get more than three times as much by Tuesday morning. The weather service predicted that the light snowfall that started around sunset Monday in northern Illinois is expected to increase overnight, with a total build-up of about 3 to 6 inches early Tuesday. Meteorologist Bett Borchardt predicted the snowfall could total as much as 20.32 centimeters or more before ending Tuesday evening. The last comparable snowfall in the region occurred in November 2018, when 8.4 inches (21.34 centimeters) of snow fell. A winter weather advisory was issued Monday for northwest Indiana. , where the weather service forecast 3 to 5 inches of snow at the time of the storm. leaves the area on Tuesday. A mixture of freezing drizzle was expected in the southern part of the region. The break in the relatively mild winter in northern Illinois could mean the rest of the season could be more active, Weather Service meteorologist Matt Friedlein said. doesn’t necessarily mean more snow, ”Friedlein told the Chicago Sun-Times. “If we stay on the softer side of things, it could be more rain or more mixed precipitation.” On Monday, the city of Chicago warned residents that dangerous conditions could impact Tuesday morning trips and that some power outages are possible due to the rain. nature of snow and wind gusts. City officials have dispatched around 280 salt spreaders to clean up the city’s main streets and have set up warming centers in libraries and parks for residents who have no heating due to the loss of water. electricity in their homes. O’Hare and 48 flights to Midway International Airports, 15 minutes late at both facilities.Mayor Gary Jerome Prince declared a snow emergency late Monday, placing restrictions on where vehicles can park and prohibiting push snow from private property to the city streets. Additionally, Prince closed city-owned buildings and facilities until Wednesday. Several coronavirus test sites in Nebraska and Iowa were closing early Monday due to snow. More than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow had already fallen in parts of eastern Nebraska on Monday evening. National Weather Service meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen said 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) of snow was likely between York, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa, and that it has been at least 15 years since this area received more than a foot of snow in a single storm. “It’s historic snow,” said Nicolaisen, who is based near Omaha, Nebraska. Many schools and businesses closed Monday as the storm moved through the area. In western Iowa, Missouri Valley Superintendent Brent Hoesing reworked the lyrics to the 1970s hit “I Will Survive” to tell students in his district to “So Stay Inside.” snowfall in the afternoon and evening. Nebraska State Patrol soldiers responded to more than 200 weather incidents on Monday. “Travel only if absolutely necessary,” said Nebraska State Patrol Col. John Bolduc. About 250 semi-trailers pulled off the road to wait for the storm to end at the Petro truck stop along Interstate 80 in York, Nebraska. Manager Rachael Adamson said she could see knee-high drifts and the maintenance man had to come out every 30 minutes to shovel sidewalks to keep up with the snow “We haven’t had that much snow for a few years, ”said Adamson, the Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla said road conditions deteriorated rapidly and many vehicles slipped off the roads in central Iowa. “The great thing that people are seeing is that this snow system is very efficient,” Dinkla told the Des Moines Register. “As we’ve seen this system move through Iowa, road conditions go from zero snow on the highway to an immediately fully covered pavement within minutes.” An eastbound section of Interstate 80 was closed in central Nebraska on Monday afternoon following a crash. And Missouri officials have urged drivers not to take Highways 29 and 35 in northwest Missouri toward Iowa. The agency said most roads in the area were covered in snow and heavy snowfall continued to fall on Monday afternoon. “If northern Missouri or Iowa is on your travel plan, please re-route or find a warm, safe place to wait for the storm to end,” the Missouri Department of Transportation said. Elsewhere in the United States, a storm swept through the southwest on Monday. and Tuesday was expected to bring gusts of wind and snowfall, the weather service said. Over the weekend, more than a foot of snow fell in the mountains of Southern California, making driving conditions dangerous. Interstate 5 was closed Monday in the Tejon Pass between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. Wind, snow and ice also forced the closure of State Route 58 through the Tehachapi Pass. Until recently, California had experienced very dry weather accompanied by incessant fires. A band of cloud suggested more rain could fall in areas north and south of the San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, threatening possible flash flooding and landslides in areas marked by the fires. Forecasts from the National Weather Service’s office for the Sacramento area predict abundant snow in the Sierra Nevada between Tuesday and Friday will make it difficult to travel through the mountains. A large winter storm has buried northern Arizona under the snow Monday while sending flurries to the suburbs of Las Vegas and Phoenix, and most of Nevada was bracing for another round of powerful winter storms that could bring rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip late. Monday or early Tuesday and several feet in the mountains above Lake Tahoe with winds up to 96 km / h by Thursday. Up to 15 centimeters (6 inches) of snow is tom open Monday in the Reno-Sparks area, where up to 10 inches (25 cm) is possible and up to 20 inches (50 cm) in the Sierra foothills above an elevation of 5,000 feet (1828 meters) over the city limit by Thursday. Three to 6 feet (91 cm to 1.8 meters) of snow is expected in the Sierra above elevation of 7,000 feet. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission. .
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