If there’s one thing that still surprises America, it’s the sudden drops in temperature, like the one people have been experiencing in different states this week. As they are not used to single digit temperatures, there were a lot of school closing their gates, even though a slight warm-up is expected in the following days.
The rush hours are expected to bring with them temperatures below zero, wind and a little snow. Overnight, the weather reached its lowest of -10 in the western residential areas with chilly winds dropping at -30. The cutting winds are forecast in different states, such as Alabama and North Carolina, but striking also the Midwest and through the Plains.
After the snowfall in the evening, citizens are warned of the dropping of temperatures on Thursday night to 0. Stay in, people! Things will not get much better on Friday, when daylight will bring low temperatures, and the night winds will reach -20 to -25, according to Ratzer.
We owe this white landscape to a storm which raids the suburbs since Monday night, accumulating anywhere between 2-3 inches to a foot of snow. For all the commuters out there, warnings of train speed restrictions instruct that people should check for any delays or service disruptions due to unsafe weather.
The freezing weather caused all sorts of trouble: school day cancellations, a fatal car crash and concerns about the homeless. Two people died and nearly two dozen were harmed during a car accident involving 18 vehicles on a Pennsylvania interstate.
The worst of all was a car pileup happening this Wednesday in Clarion Township, involving nine trucks (some of them carrying trailers), and nine vehicles. The police reported that one of the trucks was transporting hazardous material, but there were no spills found so far. Three of the injured persons were taken to a hospital and required hospitalization. The other victims were cared for their bumps, scratches and broken bones.
The authorities encourage people to stay indoors as much as possible, avoiding traffic arteries and making sure they’re safe and warm until the freezing weather passes on.
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