Another winter storm will roll across the nation this week on the heels of a system that caused havoc throughout the country in recent days, leading to 13 deaths in the South and Northeast.
Snow will continue to fall in California and other parts of the West, as well as the Great Lakes area and Northeast on Monday, and some areas will see temperatures dip below freezing once again.
Another round of winter weather comes as roughly 200,000 homes and businesses remain in the dark nationwide as of Monday morning, according to outage tracking website Poweroutage.us. A vast majority of the outages were reported in the following states:
- Kentucky (125,000)
- Michigan (39,000)
- Tennessee (17,000)
- California (15,000)
Great Lakes, Northeast get another round of snowfall
“Forecasters say the upcoming storm is not expected to pack as much of a punch as its predecessor,” AccuWeather said. “But can still create enough wintry weather to cause travel problems.”
Parts of the Dakotas remained in a winter storm warning through Monday afternoon.
Monday travel may be slippery in cities such as:
- Bismarck, North Dakota
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Green Bay, Wisconsin
The National Weather Service said the Mid-Atlantic region will see rain and snow by Monday evening, with some parts expected to have freezing rain.
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A winter storm warning remains in place for parts of California through Tuesday, as the Sierra Nevada Mountain range could see an additional three feet of snow by midweek, the NWS said, as the region continues to see snowfall totals above historical averages.
The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Soda Springs said Sunday it got 30 inches of snow over the weekend, and has had over 46 feet of snow this season.
Travel in the region will be difficult to impossible, as the possibility of wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour could make for wind chills as low as 25 degrees below zero.
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Kentucky power outages: ‘Multi-day’ restoration process
The Bluegrass State continues to recover from heavy rainfall over the weekend, as Chris Perry, president of Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, said the weather damage “is as widespread as any natural disaster I have ever seen in Kentucky co-op history.”
Louisville Gas & Electric spokesperson Liz Pratt each described efforts to restore power as a “multi-day” process. Pratt said LG&E would prioritize restoring power to essential locations such as hospitals and nursing homes but would work to turn the lights back on across the city as quickly as possible. She said the outages were the worst since an ice storm in 2009.
A majority of outages in the state are from Jefferson County – where Louisville is located – as 35,000 customers are in the dark, according to USA TODAY power outage database. Fayette County, where Lexington is located, has over 25,000 customers without power.
Contributing: Lucas Aulbach, Louisville Courier Journal
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