Josh Gebing

A winter storm will spread snow along from California to Maine from Friday through Monday, which is 2,500-mile path. The snow will start late Friday in California and then move into the Midwest on Saturday. By Sunday, March 3, 2019, the snow will spread from Missouri to New York State. By the time the snow storm reaches the Northeast, the snow is likely to be the storm’s heaviest snow late Sunday and into Monday.  

A blast of record cold air will invade the eastern and southern U.S. this weekend, such as some parts of the U.S. will see wind chills nearing 55 degrees below zero. Parts of Montana will face the coldest temperatures of the entire winter season as the temperature will dip to 40 below. 

The National Weather Service says the Southeast won’t be spared. This storm will bring heavy rainfall, severe storms with the threat of wind damage, an isolated tornado and flash flooding are possible. Chicago could see up to seven inches of snow and sleet by Monday. Temperatures across Michigan will fall up to 30 degrees below normal, while parts of Pennsylvania, New York and northern and western New England could see up to a foot of snow.  

Boston’s Public Works Department stated that it had 300 pieces of equipment out clearing streets so residents who must travel can do so safely and effectively. The city of Philadelphia could see up to 10 inches of wintry mix due to snow mixed with sleet falling at rates of up to an inch an hour. This will cause Monday’s morning rush hour much more than a challenge. Millions of people can anticipate substantial travel delays such as flight cancellations as the winter storm sweeps across the U.S. into Monday. 

Some areas will be warned with hazardous conditions due to temperatures will be high enough for the snow to mix with or fall as rain. Especially at night when road surfaces cool, the snow is likely to start to pile up and roads become dangerous quickly. The heavy, wet nature of the snow can weigh down some trees and cause power outages and will make shoveling difficult.  

Additionally, remember to stay warm and dress properly for the weather, including coat, hat, and gloves, which will allow your body to stay warm. However, don’t forget to take off your coat, hat, and gloves once inside so it doesn’t cause you to overheat such as sweating. The cold weather doesn’t mean you have to stay in all day but maybe a night of Netflix and chill would be a good idea to keep warm from the shocking cold snow storm 

To students who have a car, make sure to give yourself more time than you think. Make sure to turn on your front and rear defrosters as soon as you start your car allowing it to warm up and melt the snow off the car.  Use an ice scraper to chip away at the ice and do not pull on frozen windshield wipers as it could ruin them. Avoid pouring hot water on ice-cold glass windows since it can cause the glass to break. Also, could apply a bit of hand sanitizer to the door lock which is helpful to prevent it becoming frozen.  

Those traveling south for spring break during the upcoming week should feel fortunate and enjoy the warm weather while you can.