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Cross-country winter storm peaks today with snow, ice across northern tier
The winter storm that the FOX Forecast Center has been tracking this week will reach its peak intensity today as it dumps heavy snow and disruptive ice across the northern tier of the U.S. Winter weather alerts cover millions of Americans from the Rockies to the Northeast.
The bull’s-eye for the heaviest snow is centered on the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota, which could see upwards of 2 feet of snow through Friday. That amount would rival the snowstorm that collapsed the roof of the Metrodome in 2010. More than a foot of snow is expected to cover much of southern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
To the south of that corridor of heavy snow is an area facing the threat of a major ice storm. The worst of the freezing rain is expected to coat southern Lower Michigan and western New York, potentially including the cities of Detroit and Buffalo.
Things to know
- What makes a blizzard different than a normal snowstorm?
- How ice accretion is measured
- What to do if you lose power during a snowstorm
- How do snowflakes form and why are they all unique?
Century-old records could tumble in parts of US
While the northern tier deals with a brutal winter storm, the southern and eastern U.S. will enjoy temperatures that could see century-old records fall. More than three dozen record highs are in jeopardy from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast today, with even more being challenged on Thursday.
- See the meteorite chunk that was found after slamming into Texas
- Sudden stratospheric warming, polar vortex disruption could mean colder weather for eastern U.S.
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