Midwest and northern parts of the U.S. have continued to deal with rain, snow, and high speed winds brought by the coast-to-coast storm – while southern states are seeing record-high February temperatures.
In Minnesota, several feet of snow grounded flights out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport while nearby states saw highways at a standstill over the precipitation.
States in the northern Plains have recorded temperatures of -9F while McAllen, Texas on Wednesday hit 95F, marking more than a 100F difference between the coldest and hottest states.
In typically sunny Los Angeles, the first-ever blizzard warning was issued Wednesday by the National Weather Service with officials warning of ‘extremely dangerous mountain conditions’ for the county.
To the southeast, parts of Florida are expected to hit 91F Thursday, which would break a record previously set in 1962 at 90F. Some residents in Austin, Texas, were seen sunbathing in the bliss February weather.
States in the northern Plains have recorded temperatures of -9F while McAllen, Texas on Wednesday hit 95F, marking more than a 100F difference between the coldest and hottest states
According to FlightAware, in Minneapolis more than 200 flights departing from the local airport were canceled and 223 arrivals were stopped over the weather
As of Wednesday evening, more than 65 million Americans were under weather warnings and watches
The advisories spanned more than two dozen states from California to Maine.
States in the Midwest saw the worst conditions Tuesday and Wednesday. By the end of the multi-day storm, the Minneapolis area could see more than two feet.
Another round of snow is expected to hit the area Thursday morning, National Weather Service officials have said.
Conditions became so treacherous by Wednesday afternoon that the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced state highway shutdowns.
According to FlightAware, in Minneapolis more than 200 flights departing from the local airport were canceled and 223 arrivals were stopped over the weather.
In total, more than 1,600 flights have been canceled from the storm. Nearly 6,000 flights have been delayed.
Meanwhile in Texas – One woman posted that it was ‘pretty damn hot on Barton Springs Road’ as the South experienced bliss February weather
A truck spun out along Highway 94 in Minnesota
A Minnesota maintenance worker clears snow in front of the closed school as students stayed home for remote learning for the week during a snowstorm in Minneapolis
In total, more than 1,600 flights have been canceled from the storm
Between Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas, more than two million people were under blizzard warnings Wednesday.
In Wyoming, video shared to Twitter by AccuWeather shows a semi-truck stuck on a hill in snowy conditions.
Another vehicle is attached to the truck and spins out as it attempts to pull the semi-truck from the hill in Casper.
The Food Bank of Wyoming and schools across the state announced closures due to the wind and snow.
At one point, officials announced that portions of Interstate 25 and Interstate 80 were closed due to snowy and icy conditions.
Ice storms remain possible for nine million people from Iowa to Michigan and for residents in the mid-Atlantic areas.
Meanwhile, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio are facing flooding concerns over heavy rain and wind gusts.
Snow and winds knocked out power to thousands of residents in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado Tuesday and Wednesday, as well.
In northern portions of Arizona, up to a foot of precipitation is expected by Thursday morning.
A traveler applies makeup as she waits in the Salt Lake City International Airport after her flight was canceled Wednesday
Motorists move along the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near the Air Force Academy after a winter storm packing heavy snow and single-digit temperatures swept over the area
A winter storm brought high winds and snow Wednesday to parts of Arizona and New Mexico, leaving thousands without electricity
A person shovels their sidewalk in Provo, Utah
A man walks along the Santa Fe, New Mexico Depot Rail Runner Station through a snow storm
A view of the Half Dome as snow blanked Yosemite National Park in California, United States on February 22, 202
Snow had already fallen in the California’s Central Valley Wednesday afternoon
California, not typically known for seeing snow in its southern areas, has also been placed under snowy condition advisories.
Snow had already fallen in the Central Valley Wednesday afternoon just as National Weather Service officials were warning of snow in Los Angeles.
‘Blizzard warning for extremely dangerous mountain conditions coming. Mountain travel will be a mess,’ NWS said.
The snow and rain didn’t hit all typically warm areas, however.
Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia, and Texas recorded temperatures in the high 70s and 80s Tuesday and Wednesday.
McAllen, Texas which is located along the U.S.-Mexico border hit 95 on Wednesday.
The heat will continue to hit the southern states as temps are predicted to rise Thursday.
Orlando, Florida is looking at the potential of breaking a February heat record if the thermometer reads at 91 degrees, which is expected.