The well-mannered news for many in the Northeast and Midwest was that it has been a white Christmas. The bad newsflash was that a blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter dead enveloped much of the Midwest.
Even the usually rainy Pacific Northwest got the cadaverous stuff. The National Weather Service says it’s only the sixth in good time dawdle since 1884 that downtown Portland had measurable snow — just an inch or two — on a Dec. 25.
A blizzard warning was issued Monday for portions of Maine and New Hampshire, with forecasters break snow of up to 10 inches and wind gusts up to 50 mph could cook travel “dangerous to impossible.”
Most businesses were already shuttered on Christmas Day in New England. One of the few vacant was The Tobacconist cigar shop in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, where area-resident Dwayne Doherty indicated he welcomed the fresh blanket of snow.
“I’m actually happy,” he said, laughing as he made his way to his pick-up. “We haven’t had snow on Christmas at all in the last few years. It’s as a matter of fact perfect.”
States from Montana and the Dakotas to Wisconsin expected innervate chill temperatures in places at 40 below zero (40 lower than Celsius), the National Weather Service said. The upper half of Iowa and northern Illinois also shore up steady for subzero temperatures.
Minnesota was experiencing its most frigid Christmas Day since 1996, with gust chills as cold as 35 degrees below zero, KSTP-TV reported. The Subject Weather Service warned that those whose skin was imperiled in such conditions could get frostbite in as little as 15 minutes.
Snow amounts in the Midwest were not goodly for this time of year. A storm system that swept from Nebraska during Iowa dropped around 2 inches of snow on Chicago, the weather marines said.
That was just enough to provide a picturesque backdrop for those conclave for Christmas dinners in the Chicago area. But it wasn’t enough to cause disorder either on roadway or airport runaways.
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was covering just six cancelations and average delays of only 15 minutes approximately noon Monday. There were no cancellations at the city’s other foremost airport, Midway, and delays were less than 15 records on average.
The nation’s third largest city had comparatively little snow for the enliven until the weekend — just over 2 inches in all, the National Weather Work said.
The city of Milwaukee had 103 salt trucks treating skilful spots Monday, according to WITI-TV. The trucks were using healing salt that’s deployed when temperatures drop below 15 magnitudes.
In addition to slowing travel in New England, the storm was responsible for some power outages. Eversource arrived more than 20,000 customers in eastern Massachusetts without intensity, the bulk on Cape Cod which was feeling the brunt of strong winds.
Most of Indiana had been out of sight winter weather advisory with officials urging motorists to stay put unless they unequivocally had to travel. Northern Indiana had been expecting up to 5 inches with a little less in the southern part of the state.
New England was expected to get up to 8 inches of snow. Numerous winds were predicted for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island with increases up to 65 mph.
Mountain areas in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming endured more than 1 foot of snow, which started Saturday. It was consumable news for holiday skiers and resorts which have struggled with a dead start this season.
But it meant a heightened warning of avalanches in ear-splitting elevations outside of ski areas.