Millions of holiday visitors throughout the country have been hampered by a massive winter storm, which struck New York with rain and wind.
According to forecasters, the storm will be followed by frigid temperatures over the Christmas holiday.
Therefore, hold on to your hat because it will be colder and windier on Friday if you don’t enjoy the rain, wind, and unusually high temperatures in New York on Thursday.
The city had rain and gusts that gusted up to 46 mph on Thursday night, and the National Weather Service said that additional rain, temperatures in the mid-50s, and possibly thunderstorms would follow in the early morning hours. and 4 a.m.
While it doesn’t appear that there will be any significant snow accumulations, forecasters have raised a coastal flood alert because 1 to 2 inches of rain might fall in New York by Friday morning.
Then, it will get even worse as temperatures drop below freezing by Friday afternoon.
New Yorkers may expect a chilly Christmas Eve on Saturday with highs as low as 25 degrees.
The storm system battered areas of the Plains and Midwest earlier this week before turning its attention to the East Coast is to blame for the wind, rain, and cold that New Yorkers will experience over the holiday weekend.
The storm system caused temperatures in some regions of the Texas panhandle to drop below zero on Thursday.
Temperatures fell precipitously across states throughout the Great Plains, with some meteorologists estimating reductions of up to 50 degrees in hours.
Residents of the Great Lakes states also took shelter as a potential “bomb cyclone” was announced by meteorologists.
The phrase describes a fast-intensifying storm with a significant rise in pressure. It is anticipated to cause blizzard conditions.
Additionally, wind chill advisories are expected to be issued for around 135 million people in the upcoming days.
President Joe Biden cautioned Thursday in the Oval Office following a briefing from federal officials, “This is not like a snow day when you were a kid.” This is serious business.
Officials also cautioned about anticipated power outages brought on by the storm and asked residents to take preventative measures to safeguard elderly and homeless members of their community and delay travel if at all feasible.
The National Weather Service in Minnesota, where transportation and enforcement officials recorded dozens of wrecks and cars, warned online that “this event might be life-threatening if you are trapped with wind chills in the 30 below to 45 below zero range.”
According to FlightAware data updated at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 2,336 flights into, into, or out of the United States have been canceled.
According to FlightAware, Denver International saw 270 cancellations, followed by Chicago O’Hare with 264 and Chicago Midway with 116.
Southwest Airlines canceled 857 flights, more than any other American airline.
In a travel alert update, Southwest Airlines stated that “weather conditions brought on by winter storms are resulting in various disruptions across the country.”
In advance of the winter weather, airlines, including Southwest, United, and American, offered travel waivers earlier this week.