About 42 million people are under winter alerts from California to Maine, with Minneapolis bracing for its biggest snowstorm in more than a decade and life-threatening travel conditions.

Blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of the Rocky Mountains, the Northern Plains, and the Upper Midwest. St. Cloud, Minnesota, was already below one.

The extreme weather was the result of multiple winter fronts that moved from west to east and brought in cold air from the north, federal forecasters said.

Forecasters warned that Minneapolis could be added to cities under blizzard warnings later Tuesday, which would be rare for the historically snowy city.

Up to 1 foot of snow has already fallen in northern Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

«Due to the obstructions, it’s difficult to get blizzard conditions in major metropolitan areas like the Twin Cities, but with actively falling snow and high winds, this would be one event that could do it,» the National Weather Service said in Twin. Cities said in its Tuesday morning forecast.

The storm will deliver two rounds of snow totaling 1 to 2 feet by the time the system ends Thursday.

snow timeline

The first round of snow began around lunchtime Tuesday across the region, with 5 to 7 inches (locally higher 8 to 9 inches) possible overnight. Winds are expected to be 10 to 15 mph.

A break is expected on Wednesday from 6 am to noon local time. A light snow could fall, but some places along Interstate 90 could see a complete rest.

The second round is expected to begin around noon Thursday, adding 10 to 15 inches to the snowfall total and producing wind gusts of 45 to 50 mph on occasion.

By the time the round is over, a large area of ​​southern Minnesota will have more than a foot of snow, with some areas having accumulated nearly 2 feet.

Rapid City, South Dakota is projected to get 8 to 14 inches and Marquette, Michigan could get 12 to 18 inches.

If the current forecast of 18 to 25 inches of snow holds for Minneapolis, it will be the city’s biggest snowstorm in 12 years, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resourcesand has the potential to be one of the five biggest snow days in the city.

Travel will be affected

Heavy snow falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour combined with high wind gusts will make travel impossible and life-threatening for 12 or more hours Wednesday night through Thursday in the Twin Cities and their surrounding areas. surroundings.

Cities most likely to experience treacherous travel conditions, power outages, downed trees, and blackout conditions due to ice sheet include Chicago; Detroit; Hartford, Connecticut; DesMoines, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Buffalo and Albany in New York.

Up to 8 million people are at risk from severe storms Wednesday from northern Missouri to the Oklahoma-Texas border. All hazards will be possible, including hail, high winds, and a tornado or two. Oklahoma City and Tulsa will be the cities most at risk for damaging winds from very fast storms.

Some precipitation was already moving through parts of the South into Ohio and Pennsylvania on Tuesday, with up to a half-inch of rain and snow reported, according to weather service data.

snow in california

The first of three additional fronts was moving into California with the promise of snow across the southern part of the state, including high desert communities and some valleys, reaching elevations as low as 1,500 feet, forecasters said.

National Weather Service Senior Meteorologist Alex Tardy said in a video presentation that Southern California snowfall could be historic.

Thursday’s front is expected to produce an «atmospheric river» of precipitation from the tropical Pacific. Atmospheric rivers are known for their relatively moderate temperatures, but the front will bring heavy precipitation and cold temperatures, forecasters said.

Sustained winds along the coast of up to 50 mph were forecast for later in the week. Tardy said it was a 10-year event.

«It’s pretty remarkable to see something like this in Southern California,» Tardy said.

A winter storm watch was issued Tuesday for parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. The last time this happened was in 2011.

Up to 3 inches of snow is likely in the Santa Cruz Mountains and foothills of eastern Santa Clara County Wednesday night. The area is likely to receive another watch on Thursday when an even colder storm rolls in.

Any snow accumulation will be highly unlikely in major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, but snow is likely to fall nearby on the lower elevation mountains.

The first storm for the West Coast this week was making its mark on Tuesday.

More than 185,000 utility customers were without power in California around 10 p.m., according to the network tracker. poweroutage.usmany of them in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

A downed tree blocked three lanes of westbound traffic on the Bay Bridge, NBC Bay Area reported, citing the California Highway Patrol, and the San Francisco Fire Department reported downed trees and power lines.

Meanwhile, temperatures could rise 20 to 30 degrees above average in other parts of the country, leading to nearly 100 daily records.

If Washington, DC, hits 80 degrees on Thursday, it will be only the fourth time it has done so during a winter month. Orlando, Florida, could hit 90.

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