For the second time in 2014, those living in the Midwest are experiencing very extremely cold temperatures. In addition to being very cold in the Midwest and Ohio Valley region of the country, a major winter storm is sweeping across the US causing flight chaos, travel problems on roads and government office and school shutdowns.
The big winter storm stretches from Kentucky to Massachusetts and is threatening to literally bury cities like Philadelphia, Boston and New York City with up to 15 inches of snow. Forecasters are warning that bitterly cold temps, strong whipping winds and hazardous driving conditions will make being outside dangerous.
Nearly 3,000 flights were canceled Tuesday with more expected to cancel Wednesday due to the snowstorm. Meanwhile, in the Midwest, people are preparing for the second round of arctic air by checking their furnaces and insulation pipes. The polar vortex that gripped the Midwest several days ago resulted in scores of heating system problems as well as frozen pipes some of which burst to cause devastating indoor flooding. This round of cold weather will have more staying power than the polar vortex as it’s expected to remain frigidly cold across the Midwest for at least a week. That means more money will be spent warming homes and businesses. It also means there are sure to be more problems with furnaces, water pipes and home flooding caused by pipes that burst under the pressure of being unthawed.
In Michigan, numerous school districts in the mid part of the state called off classes Tuesday due to snow and ice. Temperatures across much of Michigan’s lower peninsula struggled to reach above 0 Tuesday. Highs in the Great Lakes State Wednesday will be in the low double digits with wind chill values as low as -18. As the winter storm marches across the country this week, snowfall is piling up from Chicago to New England as people face high winds and dangerously cold temps. In Washington, the federal government shut down even before the snow started falling. Meanwhile, crews in Virginia worked 24/7 to prepare for the blast of cold winter weather by spraying roadways to keep ice and snow from sticking.