Winter Hell Brings Misery to Most of Continental USA

Winter hell
Cars snowed under in Ohio (Photo: Twitter)

Savage winter hell is pummeling both the East and West coasts of the United States, while inflicting miserable winter cold on most of the rest of the continental United States, as well.

While the East remains snowed under by the polar vortex that began late January, the western states - notably Washington State -- are reeling from the record and unnatural cold temperatures for this time of year.

Businesses are taking an especially big hit. Seattle, the home of corporate giants such as Amazon and Nordstrom, is being inundated by huge mounds of snow, sleet and ice bringing with it the usual power outages and treacherous driving conditions.

On Tuesday, at least 90,000 homes and businesses were without power in Washington State alone. Another 100,000 homes and businesses in the Midwest and South were similarly affected.

More than 4,000 flights were canceled or delayed nationwide. Over 1,000 of these cancellations took place at New York's Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

More than 100 million people -- a third of the U.S. population -- from Boston to Seattle are suffering from a wintry grip that doesn't seem to want to go away.

Winter storm warnings and advisories were issued for parts of the New York area on Tuesday. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared the State of Emergency for the entire state.

For those in the East, however, some good news: the worst of today's eastern storm will dissipate Wednesday. Strong winds and snow showers, however, will still add to winter misery in the Midwest and Northeast.

The news isn't too good for those on the northwestern Coast where this winter hell has just gotten started. The snowstorm that battered Washington Tuesday is expected to punish California with freezing rain and tons of snow for the rest of the week

AccuWeather said the worst of the storm is expected to bear down on central and northern California. This dangerous storm will bring with it a higher "threat of flooding, mudslides, erosion, power outages, avalanches and road-closing snowfall in the mountains."

On Tuesday, the Midwest and Northeast were battered by snow and ice while the Southeast fell victim to rain, floods, high winds, and tornado warnings.

AccuiWeather said this storm "is unique in that it brought a significant storm to Seattle and a wintry mess too so many big cities -- Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Boston." Including the South, the storm is impacting almost every part of the United States in some shape or form.

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