, 2022-12-24 00:09:00,
MISSION, Kansas (AP) — A savage winter storm continued to blanket much of the United States Saturday, bringing blinding blizzards, freezing rain, flooding and life-threatening cold that created chaos for vacation travelers. of Christmas.
The storm that arrived earlier in the week downed power lines, littered highways with piles of cars in deadly crashes and caused massive flight cancellations.
The storm was almost unprecedented in its reach, stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande River along the Mexican border. About 60% of the US population faced some type of winter weather watch or warning, with temperatures dropping sharply below normal from the Rocky Mountains east to the Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.
Freezing rain covered much of the Pacific Northwest in a sheet of ice, while people in the Northeast faced the threat of coastal and inland flooding.
Frigid temperatures and gusty winds were expected to deliver “dangerously cold chills across much of the central and eastern US this holiday weekend,” the weather service said, adding that the conditions “will create a dangerous life-threatening for travelers who become stranded.”
“In some areas, being outdoors could lead to frostbite within minutes,” he said.
Adding to the problems were power outages that as of Friday night were still affecting more than a million homes and businesses, according to the PowerOutage website, which…
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