U.S. Faces Week of Extreme Weather, Including Blizzards and Flooding



The Plains face blizzards.

Blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of the Central and Southern High Plains through early Tuesday.

In Cimarron County, Okla., emergency management issued a civil emergency Monday afternoon, asking residents to shelter in place because of blizzard conditions. All roads in and out of the county were closed.

The blizzard was expected to wallop portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Wind gusts of up to and in some cases exceeding 70 miles per hour will create “ferocious blizzard conditions with whiteouts,” forecasters said on Monday.

Wind gusts of over 70 m.p.h. were reported in Texas and Oklahoma on Monday afternoon.

The snow is expected to make travel extremely dangerous, if not impossible, and weather watchers suggested that anyone traveling carry a winter survival kit, as wind chills will fall below zero.

The Midwest could get up to a foot of snow in certain areas, forecasters said.

“A variety of hazards are anticipated with this next storm system,” Mr. Carbin said, adding that power failures were likely because of strong winds and heavy snow. “Travel may be impossible in some parts of the central U.S. as we go into the week.”

Source: www.nytimes.com

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