The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter weather alerts for a broad swath of the United States, from the U.S. Rocky Mountains through the Great Plains to the East Coast in response to a strong post-Thanksgiving winter storm.
As of November 25 the alerts affected 10 million people, many travelling the Thanksgiving holidays, noted ABC News on November 25.
“Over 10 million Americans are under winter weather alerts, as a cross-country storm continues to bring snow to parts of the country over the busy holiday travel weekend,” ABC News said. “Eleven states — from Texas to New York — are under winter alerts on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, as the post-Thanksgiving storm is now impacting the central United States.”
In particular the NWS warned that large winter storm consisted of high winds, below normal temperatures and wind chills for the time period, and heavy snow amounting to more than 25 inches in parts of the central and northern Rocky Mountains, tapering off to 4 inches or slightly more across the northern plains and Great Lakes states before ending on the U.S. East coast.
Reporting from Iowa, KCCI says the seasons first significant winter storm delivered from one to slightly more than four inches across the state. Fox News reported that the storm resulted in at least three travel related deaths due to icy roads and poor visibility in Nebraska.
“On Saturday, Wichita, Kansas, broke its daily snowfall record after picking up nearly 8 inches,” wrote Fox News. “It was the second-snowiest November day in Wichita since recordkeeping began in 1888.”