This winter’s predictions will prove difficult as one third of the nation faces a blistering arctic storm of epic proportions. Groundhog Day is February 2, traditionally; the day the groundhog will predict the end of winter.
Ice, snow, wind, and even tornadoes are possible from now through Wednesday across the nation when gatherers will watch Phil’s prediction in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Over 100 million people live in the path of this potentially historic event. The path of the storm will reach from the Colorado Rockies Front Range to the Eastern Seaboard.
While the North and Northeast are expecting heavy snow and ice, the southeast will receive high winds, hail, and possible tornadoes. The storm is expected to peak on Tuesday. Blizzard conditions are possible in many major cities. Denver, Amarillo, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and more are bracing or potentially life threatening cold.
Those living in the Northeast down thru the I-90 highway corridor will see snow and sleet as it changes to freezing rain, then back to snow in the evening. Ice may cause tree limbs and power lines to fall.
Ice accumulations of up to two inches could result as moisture and sub-freezing temperatures engulf the region. Wide spread power outages are anticipated. Residents are urged to have adequate supplies of food and water on hand. Back up heat is essential. Major cities have
emergency shelter prepared.
Residents fear that travel will become impossible as the storm moves into an area, especially those int he northern region. Fire, police, and rescue will face delayed response times due to snow and ice. Some areas could become impossible to reach. It is essential that residents in the path of the storm prepare themselves for extended power outages. Citizens are also urged to have sufficient medications and medical supplies on hand.
Residents should avoid any attempts to travel during the storm. Stay indoors. Keep curtains and blinds closed to decrease heat loss. Keep cell phones, radios, and lap tops charged. Conserve battery power if electrical services are lost. When utilizing alternative heat sources, safety first is the rule of thumb.
Elderly relatives and neighbors should plan to stay with friends and family. The storm is expected to pass through by Wednesday afternoon. Snow and ice may continue to cripple cities for several days after the storm passes. Stay alert to changing weather conditions.