The East Coast is just beginning to recover from the massive blizzard, which the media cleverly named “snowzilla.” The official name, however, was Winter Storm Jonas, and now that he is gone, his evil twin sister, Winter Storm Kayla, now makes her way to the Midwest.
The first Midwestern states to be hit will be Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa, according to an AOL News report. Although the predicted amount of snow (about 1-2 feet) is much less than the three feet most Eastern states experienced, the high winds and low temperatures may lead to the usual Midwestern tornadoes. How high is the probability of a blizzard and tornadoes in the Midwest?
The largest amount of devastation is predicted to occur in the Rockies and Plains. Unlike the other areas, the mountainous region is expected to get a minimum snowfall of two feet. Based on the current weather conditions in the Northwest, the region is in for a big one. Here are the telling signs that Winter Storm Kayla is spouting from the same cloud as Jonas.
- Ice – In a few states, such as, Nebraska, Colorado, and Missouri, the snow has already begun to fall. In nearby states, like Northern Texas, freezing rain will soon fall, creating a recipe for icy roads.
- Time – Just like Winter Storm Jonas, Kayla of the Midwest appears to have shown up to party earlier than expected. Jonas was expected to start off in North Carolina on a Thursday morning and in Virginia on a Friday afternoon. The storm unexpectedly began hours early, causing major traffic jams and countless vehicle collisions. Winter Storm Kayls has already reached at least four states, even though the forecast alerted Midwestern residents to prepare for the first snow on Sunday of next week.
- Speed – Despite coming early, the Eastern blizzard took it’s time blanketing the East Coast and even more time freezing. Today, the snow is slowly progressing in the Midwest and will likely remain tame throughout the week.
- The Town Closes For A Few Days – During what social media users hash-tagged Blizzard 2016 in the East Coast, at least 6,000 flights were canceled and almost 20 deaths were reported, due to car accidents. In New York City during the East Coast blizzard, citizens were warned to stay off of the dangerous roads or be prosecuted by the state. In the Midwest, airlines have already begun to cancel flights in major cities like Denver, Chicago, and Minneapolis. An official warning has also be released for residents of the Midwest to stay inside.
The blizzard in the Midwest has come at an odd time, considering that just five years ago during the same month, the region experienced the “Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011.” In Chicago, the 2011 blizzard was considered the third heaviest snowstorm, bringing in 21.2 inches of snow between January and February. In Oklahoma and Kansas, temperatures remained below freezing through the entire storm. The two Winter storms show similarities in the amount of snowfall, but this intensity of the pending Blizzard for 2016, is already proving to be much more fierce.
Even with heavy snowfall, people in the Midwest can still remain safe from the blizzard in the comfort of their homes. After all, the snowfall is the easy part. Cleaning up is the difficult part. On the East Coast cities like Baltimore are still snowed in, while others like New York City and Washington, DC, are almost clear. Just after the January blizzard, New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio gave a refreshing update on the busy city.
“We still have some areas that we have to do a lot more work on. But we’ve come through it pretty well. We think we’ll be broadly up and running again at the city tomorrow.”
Since the Midwest has a bit of a wait before they can start shoveling snow, the best decision is to keep themselves and pets indoors, lest they find themselves on a tornado ride to Oz. Yikes!
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