- Tess McClaine/Twitter
- A winter storm is sweeping across the Midwestern US.
- It’s already left over 100,000 people without power.
- Warnings are now being issued for parts of the Northeast.
- Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris had to cancel an appearance in Iowa because of the blizzard.
A winter storm that has been sweeping across the midwestern US since Saturday will continue to bring blizzard conditions and strong winds across the upper Midwest on Sunday, according to meteorologists at The Weather Channel.
The storm is expected to spread to parts of northern New England on Monday, bringing snow and freezing rain as gusty winds develop in the eastern Great Lakes, meteorologists said.
Sunday afternoon, wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour were reported in northern Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. Strong wind gusts upwards of 40 miles per hour have also been forecasted for parts of the Midwest and Northeast until Monday night.
At the time of writing, hundreds of thousands of people are without power in parts of the Midwest and along the East Coast, with over 150,800 of those reported outages in Ohio alone, according to PowerOutage.US.
As of Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for northeastern North and South Dakota, northwestern and southern Minnesota, northern and central Iowa, northern Michigan, and northern Wisconsin.
Blizzard warnings have also been issued for parts of upstate New York east of Lake Ontario, including the cities, Oswego, Watertown, Lowville, Rome, Utica, and Boonville.
Travel is strongly discouraged in all of these areas, according to the National Weather Service.
According to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, severe weather conditions caused by the storm can result in tree damage, power outages, flight delays due to strong crosswinds, difficulty driving, and more.
On Saturday night, for example, strong wind gusts toppled over trees and caused tens of thousands of power outages in St. Louis, Missouri, Sosnowski reported. Sunday morning, similarly strong winds blew over a semi-truck along Interstate 69 near Indianapolis, Indiana.
Senator Kamala Harris, who is visiting Iowa this weekend as part of her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, also canceled a meet-and-greet and worship event at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa, on Sunday morning due to weather conditions, KWWL reported.
On Twitter, many people have shared photos and videos of the heavy snowfall and winds in areas affected by the storm.
— Trey Fulbright (@cf3_TXIAWeather) February 24, 2019
— Patrick Bedroske (@PBedroske) February 24, 2019
— Jon Bothe (@JonBothe) February 24, 2019
— Christopher J. D. (@WX5CJD) February 24, 2019
— Kiersten Jacobsen (@KJacobsen360) February 24, 2019
Woke up to a TON of snow here in Minnesota…We measured it at about 20in & there’s a #Blizzard Warning to add more fun in the mix! It took me an hour to shovel this much..The joys of Minnesota Winter! #mnwx ❄️???? pic.twitter.com/xQwYFVk9ve
— TessMcClaine (@TessMcclaine) February 24, 2019
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