As many as 14 US states, with more than 60 million residents, were warned of a powerful snowstorm that hit the northeastern United States. The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned that the snowstorm will result in “a significant impact, including travel disruptions and power outages” in the most affected areas.
“Some of the heaviest snowfalls associated with the winter storm that hit the northeast will fall tonight,” tweeted the NWS.
The NWS has predicted that residents of central Pennsylvania and south-central New York State will wake up to 1-2 feet of snow. The weather forecast agency also said more than six inches of snow is likely in the mountainous regions of Utah, Wyoming, and western Colorado. US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urged people to check with their local transportation and weather resources officials for the latest travel conditions.
“For those on the path of today’s winter storm, know what is expected in your area and don’t drive in dangerous conditions! Check with your local transportation officials and weather resources for the latest travel conditions, ”Chao tweeted.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned that the storm may be the largest the city has seen in years, urging people to use public transportation in case of emergency travel. Extreme weather conditions have also become a cause for concern over the vaccine distribution process as the United States launched Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine earlier this week for healthcare workers and high-risk individuals. Health Secretary Alex Azar said the government is following the situation.
“We have pre-positioned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in every place that receives people. This is FedEx, this is UPS express shipping – they know how to deal with snow and bad weather, but we are working on it and following it, ”Azar told Fox News in an interview.