Snow EMERGENCY in Atlanta, Alabama and Michigan: Schools closed as SNOWSTORM hits

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Snow EMERGENCY in Atlanta, Alabama and Michigan: Schools closed as SNOWSTORM hits
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:52:00 +0000

A so-called polar vortex of frigid arctic air spins across the US Midwest and will clip the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley and pushes on into New England. The polar vortex is a mass of freezing air that normally spins around the North Pole. But the vortex has slipped southward and swirled into the United States, forecasters say.

Many areas from Minneapolis through the suburbs of Chicago measured up to eight inches of snow on Monday morning with some spots picking up close to a foot.

The midwestern states have been the hardest hit where wind chill could bring temperatures plummeting to -50F (-46C) in the Chicago area by Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

Between one to two feet of snow was forecast in Wisconsin and six inches in Illinois.

A state of emergency has been declared in Wisconsin as the snow moved off and was replaced by the Arctic air which moved into the state.

Richard Bann, a forecaster with the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park Maryland, said: “This arctic air dumps out of Canada and will affect us for days.

“We’ll even get some snow this afternoon in the (Washington) D.C area. And because it’s so cold, there won’t be much of a warm-up Wednesday. You’ll have to wait for the weekend before you see any higher temperatures.”

About 220 million people - or 75 percent of the US population - will endure below freezing temperatures this week.

The winter storms has also led to the cancellation of 3,480 US flights on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to

Between Tuesday and Thursday, temperatures will plunge to 20 to 40 degrees below zero in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

Snow could extend as far down as Mississippi and Alabama.

On Tuesday night, widespread lows of minus 30 will grip much of North Dakota, eastern South Dakota and Minnesota.

Temperatures in Chicago may drop to 25 below zero for the first time since the mid-1980s.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also declared a state of emergency on Monday.

She said: “Keeping Michiganders safe during this stretch of dangerously cold temperatures is our priority.

“Such widespread, extreme conditions have not occurred in Michigan for many years and it is imperative that we are proactive with record-low temperatures being predicted by the National Weather Service.”

In Atlanta the city is forecast to be hit with up to two inches of snow, but football fans will be bracing to find out what impact the weather will have on the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots are set to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Schools have been shut down in Minnesota and public schools in St Paul, Minnesota and Minneapolis said they will remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to “historically” cold weather,

Many Metro Atlanta school and businesses are also closed on Tuesday.

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