Severe Weather Hits US Coast To Coast

Category: Media & Culture / Dec 26, 2012 7:49PM EDT
Severe winter weather continued to frost over the United States on Wednesday (December 26), causing dangerous road conditions from California to the Northeast. The U.S. National Weather Service issued blizzard and winter storm warnings in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, as well as much of the Northeast, and warned that the wintry weather would make for "treacherous" driving conditions for holiday travelers. More than six inches (15.24) of snow might fall in those regions, while the area from western New York up into central Maine could get from 12 to 18 inches (30.5 - 46 centimeters), the NWS said. As of Wednesday morning, Bloomington, Indiana, already had nearly a foot of snow (30.5 centimeters) and Indianapolis had about seven inches (18 centimeters), according to Severe thunderstorms and widespread rain were expected from southeast Virginia to Florida, with the eastern counties in North Carolina and South Carolina under tornado watches or warnings, the NWS said. The wet and snowy conditions follow a major winter storm system that swept through the southern United States on Tuesday, spawning tornadoes in several states and causing the deaths of at least two people in weather-related road accidents. In the U.S. southeast, nearly 200,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity on Wednesday following a Christmas Day winter storm packing snow, high winds and tornadoes. The storm dumped record snowfalls in North Texas and Arkansas. -Reuters