Iguanas freeze in Miami: dangerous colds await Americans after record snowfalls
The winter storm system, which brought snowfall from the Great Lakes to New England, went to the ocean, but this does not mean that frosty weather will take a break. About 10 million people living from Montana to Illinois can face dangerous cold weather, and even in Miami it will be so cold that iguanas can freeze and numb, writes CNN.
According to the publication, low temperatures are enhanced by strong winds - so the cold is felt more strongly. The northern plains and the midwestern United States will experience temperatures that “feel” like -20-40 degrees Fahrenheit (-29-40 degrees Celsius). Such cold with the wind can cause frostbite on open skin in just 10 minutes.
Despite the fact that the storm leaves the coast of the United States, even more snow will fall in the northeast of the country. The National Weather Service said 6 to 12 inches (15,2-30,5 cm) of snow are expected in New York to central Maine. In several places, snow has already formed in just 48 hours: 18 inches (46 cm) has fallen in Lorium, Michigan, 16,5 inches (42 cm) in Hovland, Minnesota, and 12 inches in Gil, Wisconsin (30,5 cm); in Gray, Maine, 11,2 inches (28,4 cm); in Jonesville, Vermont, 10,5 inches (26,7 cm) of snow fell.
Lake effect snow bands are impacting western Michigan today. More lake effect snow showers possible throughout the day. Keep checking with @WeatherNation WeatherNation for more updates. #Weather #MIWX pic.twitter.com/07a6Ax0Hbs
- WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) January 19, 2020
In case you haven't had a chance to look out the window, it's snowing in northern Michigan! Did your area get a lot of snow? Share your photos and videos with us at https://t.co/5xaVOvr1bH under the weather tab! pic.twitter.com/HNFvClh4VV
- upnorthlive.com (@upnorthlive) January 19, 2020
It is expected that on January 20 and 21, strong cold air will flow from the Midwest to the east of the country, and from the state of Maine the cold streams will move south and go so far that they get to the Florida Keys. Starting January 20, the temperature can be 10-15 degrees below normal.
It is predicted that by the morning of January 22 in Miami, the temperature will drop to 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 Celsius): it is cold enough for numerous iguanas in this region to slow down their livelihoods. Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius) can introduce the iguana into a stupor, or hibernation. In appearance, such an iguana may seem frozen in place and even dead, in fact, it is simply fettered and leaves this state when the temperature gets higher. Here's how it might look:
Frozen iguana in our yard. 🙈😳🦎 pic.twitter.com/vZnxZ41jNy
- KRISTEN HEWITT (@kristenhewitt) January 18, 2018
After awakening, iguanas can be aggressive, so residents are advised to be careful.
Cold weather will persist in the southeast until January 21 and in Florida until January 22.
In the Midwest, winter weather has led to difficult road conditions. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, on January 18, at least 341 accidents were recorded between morning and afternoon, and 302 cars either turned around or got off the road. According to the patrol, 35 people were injured, but no one was seriously injured.
Shocking video today from a delivery truck on I-80 in Western Iowa. The AMCON Distributing driver, State Trooper, & occupants in the pickup truck were not seriously injured.
If you have to be out driving during inclement weather- slow down and be aware of the road conditions. pic.twitter.com/tXqMAOjCjz
- Iowa State Patrol (@iowastatepatrol) January 18, 2020
Check this out!
Strong winds caused ground blizzards in western Minnesota on Saturday. The sun illuminated through the blowing snow creating a faint ring around it. This atmospheric optical phenomenon called a "sun dog." pic.twitter.com/zpMz1YznKd
- WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) January 19, 2020
Some states have urged drivers to stay clear of roads. On the same day, the weather was unfavorable for air travel, but by January 19 the situation had improved. Incoming flights at JFK New York Airport were late on average by 2,5 hours on January 18 in the evening, and on January 19 there were only 120 flight cancellations.
In Canada, a blizzard set a record
Canada’s easternmost province fell under a 30-inch (76 cm) thick snow on Friday, January 17 - a record for the amount of snow that fell in 24 hours, writes Fox News. Residents of the capital of the province of St. John's struggled to clear the snowdrifts from 12 to 15 feet (3,6-4,5 m) high that remained after the storm. Snowfall led to a series of power outages and the closure of enterprises, and roads were cleared exclusively for ambulance traffic. Officials called in the Canadian armed forces to eliminate the effects of the weather.
Local residents report that the snow covered not only cars, but also the first floors of many houses.
- CBC Newfoundland and Labrador (@CBCNL) January 19, 2020
Canadian meteorologists called this storm a “bomb,” which was rapidly building up its strength. Although the storm was short, it turned out to be extremely ferocious even for an area where strong ocean storms occur in winter.
- Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel) January 20, 2020
Nearly 7 customers in the St. John's area experienced power outages on January 000, and 18 customers had problems on the eve, local Newfoundland Power said.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Works reported that on January 17, snowplow operators processed more than 100 requests for help, including 24 from ambulances, 23 from the police, and 60 from the population.
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