A wide-spread freezing weather system is developing across America this week. Expected to bring heavy amounts of snow to the Rockies and ice to the Plains. Carl Parker, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel stated, “The cold air is going to overtake just about the entire country.”
From a report on NBCnews.com called “Arctic Invasion: Brutal Weather System threatens most of the US with snow, ice, wind" on December 3, we learn Denver could get a foot of snow and in Chicago the temperature could get down to the low teens.
Northeast Minnesota was showered with more than 26 inches of new snow from the night before – another foot is expected today. State patrol said they responded to 175 vehicle crashes from midnight Wednesday til Noon. These crashes being caused mostly by people driving too fast for the conditions.
In the Northwest of the country in Pullman, Wash., the temperature fell bellow 0 degrees Wednesday for the first time in three years. In Oregon, authorities had to close Interstate 84 on Tuesday because of trucks jackknifed in the snow.
In Central California, the citrus crops could be devastated with temperatures in the low 30s, when 85 percent of the crop is still on the vine, according to the growers there.
The chilling arctic air is threatening 32 million people for the rest of the week. The ice threat for the later part of the week, will develop when the arctic air mass combines with moisture streaming from the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Weather Service issues severe winter storm warnings for parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas for Thursday. To put this into perspective in Lubbock, Texas the high of 77 degrees on Tuesday will turn into possibly under 10 degrees by Friday night.