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ANOTHER massive winter storm is hammering parts of the US, with snow, ice, strong winds, and rain hitting or due to hit the Midwest over to the East Coast Thursday through the weekend.

The wild weather is forecast to move across the country before blasting through the East Coast toward the end of the week, according to the Weather Channel.

The storm has been named Winter Storm Miles, and the National Weather Service is warning that the central, southern, and eastern US will face a wintry mix of heavy snow and rain, resulting in possible flooding and thunderstorms.

It comes after thousands of flights were canceled across the country earlier this month due to snow, and sleet hitting over 20 states.

More than 100million people were under winter weather alerts and at least 3,600 flights that were scheduled were axed, causing widespread travel disruption.

Read our Winter Storm Miles path tracker for the latest news and updates…

  • When is the storm expected to end?

    The storm should leave the Eastern Seaboard on Friday, the Weather Channel reported.

    “Rain is expected all the way up the Northeast coastline to southern Maine, given the milder air ahead of the system,” on Friday, the outlet noted.

    However, that doesn’t mean the storm won’t still be dangerous by the time it reaches that part of the country.

    “Strong, possibly damaging winds might accompany the cold front as it moves through the Northeast coastline late Thursday night into early Friday morning,” the Weather Channel warned.

  • Financial losses due to winter storms

    Winter storms cost $1.1billion in insured losses in 2021, down from $2billion in 2019.

    Snow, ice, freezing, and floods are all part of winter storms.

    Winter storms generated a record $15.1billion in insured losses in the first half of 2021, nearly entirely owing to the February 12 to 22 winter storms that impacted a vast section of the United States, particularly Texas.

  • ‘If you don’t have to go out, DON’T’

    The National Weather Service out of Kansas City on Twitter urged drivers in the area to not go out as the storm ravaged the area on Thursday.

    “This is just one of several backups across the KC Metro. Dozens of accidents being reported. If you don’t have to go out, DON’T!” NWS Kansas City wrote on the social media platform alongside a photo of traffic backed up and an image portraying how bad the traffic was the morning of February 17.

  • Snow, ice, and soaking rain fall

    Winter Storm Miles is spreading snow, ice, and soaking rain this afternoon from the Central Plains to the Midwest and Great Lakes, according to The Weather Channel.

    The Wichita, Kansas, area alone has seen up to 4.5 inches of snow, plus drifts that measure 12 to 18 inches high, the outlet noted.

  • Freezing temps in Missouri

    The Weather Channel reported from Missouri on Thursday, where the temperatures have dropped and the snow continues to fall.

  • Miles on the move

    A weather analytics Twitter account shared images of what it might look like as Winter Storm Miles moves through the Midwest to the Northeast on Thursday.

  • Active flood alerts

    “Flood Alerts are active in parts of the Midwest and Northeast as the rain from Winter Storm #Miles meets snowpack and frozen ground,” the Weather Channel shared on Twitter on Thursday.

  • How to prepare for a winter storm

    Per Ready.gov, the best way to prepare for a winter storm is by doing the following:

    • Make an emergency supply kit. Cleaning tools, two masks per person to avoid the spread of COVID-19, and non-perishable meals that can last many days or weeks in case you have to stay at home should all be included in your box.
    • Make a communication strategy for your family.
    • Assist parents with sprinkling sidewalks and pathways with rock salt, sand, or kitty litter. This aids in making them less slick.
    • Make sure you’re dressed warmly and have enough of blankets on hand.
    • Bring your dogs inside with you. They can also be harmed by the cold.
  • Why did the US start naming storms, continued

    Established by the World Meteorological Organization, a list of names are now used to identify Atlantic hurricanes on a six-year rotation.

    The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm is considered inappropriate.

    In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in a season, a supplemental list of names are used.

    As for winter storms, The Weather Channel has been naming winter storms since the 2012-2013 winter season.

  • Why did the US start naming storms?

    Tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order they occurred until the early 1950s.

    However, over time, it was discovered that distinctive names would be needed to reduce confusion and streamline communications when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time.

    That came after storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away.

  • Warm up slowly

    Although it may be tempting to hop into a hot bath, sauna, or jacuzzi after coming in from the cold, you may be putting yourself at risk.

    “Exposure to intense heat is not a way to treat hypothermia,” The Weather Channel video warned.

    “If you soak in a jacuzzi it can be very painful for your skin, and even cause a heart attack.”

    Try heating up after extreme cold exposure by applying warm washcloths to the body, or using strategically-placed hot water bottles.

  • No alcohol

    “Alcohol doesn’t actually make you warm,” The Weather Channel noted in the video.

    “It can cause you to feel warm by moving blood to the top of the skin, but taking that heat away from your core can be dangerous,” the experts at the channel explained.

    Swap your alcoholic beverage for hot chocolate, which has more calories–essential for keeping your body healthy in chilly conditions–and will help raise your body temperature.

  • Drink lots of water

    Drinking water in the winter is vital to your safety, The Weather Channel explained in the video.

    “You can still get dehydrated in the winter,” the outlet warned, but you’re less likely to realize it.

    Dry winter air makes sweat evaporate more quickly, so you may not realize the severity of dehydration as quickly as you might in the summer months.

    “Drink more water, especially when exercising outside,” The Weather Channel advised.

  • Be gentle with frostbitten skin

    In the video from January, The Weather Channel explained why you shouldn’t rub frostbitten skin to warm it up.

    “Your first instinct may be to rub your hands together to cause friction, but fight the urge,” the video advised.

    Tiny ice crystals on your skin may tear and rip at the soft tissue, causing more damage.

    The safer way to warm up is by gradually heating your skin, ideally using warm water.

  • The Weather Channel is here for you

    Weather.com will be covering and tracking Winter Storm Miles through its duration.

  • Six inches expected in some areas

    Snowfall totals in the Mountain West will be modest to moderate, but considering the region’s lack of recent storms, any new snow is welcome.

    From Kansas to southeast Michigan, upstate New York’s St. Lawrence Valley, and extreme northern Maine, a thin band of at least 6 inches of snow is expected.

  • Tree damage and outages in New England

    During that time, parts of New England and Long Island are especially vulnerable to tree damage and power disruptions.

    The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for parts of those locations, with wind gusts up to 65 mph, according to Weather.com.

  • Miles leaving the Eastern Seaboard on Friday

    On Friday, the storm should be moving away from the Eastern Seaboard. Given the warmer air ahead of the system, rain is forecast all the way up the Northeast coast to southern Maine, according to Weather.com.

    The cold front may be accompanied by strong, perhaps destructive winds as it passes through the Northeast coast late Thursday night into early Friday morning.

  • How winter storms cause deaths

    Most who die from winter storms are not killed by the weather itself.

    A majority of the deaths are traffic accidents on icy roads.

    Some also die from heart attacks while shoveling snow, and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold weather.

  • Winter storm names

    These are the names the Weather Channel chose for winter storms during the 2021 to 2022 season:

    • Atticus
    • Bankston
    • Carrie
    • Delphine
    • Elmer
    • Frida
    • Garrett
    • Hatcher
    • Izzy
    • Jasper
    • Kenan
    • Landon
    • Miles
    • Nancy
    • Oaklee
    • Phyllis
    • Quinlan
    • Rachel
    • Silas
    • Tad
    • Usher
    • Vega
    • Willow
    • Xandy
    • Yeager
    • Zion
  • What was the name of the last winter storm?

    The last major winter storm in the United States was named Winter Storm Landon.

    Winter Storm Landon spread to the Northeast after hitting the South hard with a crippling ice storm that resulted in over 300,000 homes and businesses from Texas to Ohio to lose power, according to The Weather Channel.

  • Snow from Texas to New England

    It’s very likely that snow from Winter Storm Miles will hit northern Texas to northern New England from Wednesday into Thursday, according to AccuWeather.

  • Where is the storm headed?

    Winter Storm Miles will head across parts of the central and eastern US through later this week, the Weather Channel reported.

    Right now, it is dropping snow out west.

    On Tuesday, Winter Storm Miles brought a few inches of snowfall to California’s Sierra Nevada.

  • Flights canceled in Chicago

    Due to the impending weather, flights are being canceled in the state of Illinois.

    People have taken to Twitter to comment.

  • Where is the storm headed?

    Winter Storm Miles will head across parts of the central and eastern US through later this week, the Weather Channel reported.

    Right now, it is dropping snow out west.

    On Tuesday, Winter Storm Miles brought a few inches of snowfall to California’s Sierra Nevada.



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