Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snowstorms inundating much of U.S.

For as much as two-thirds of the United States, this has, indeed, been the winter of our discontent.

Even as a harsh storm was dropping as much as 10 inches of snow on parts of the Midwest, especially Kansas, that same system was moving east and was expected to make the evening commute and this morning's drives to work a miserable experience in the Northeast.

After a snowstorm earlier this week, a third storm is gathering and is expected to hit at the end of the weekend and into the early part of Monday.

Winter storm warnings were posted for more than a dozen states where well more than one-third of the nation's population lives. Where there weren't warnings, there were advisories.

The heavy snow closed schools throughout the region where many places were reporting that the days lost to weather were piling up almost as high as the drifts outside.

Indiana, for example, has some areas where schools were closed for a full week in January because of the weather and road conditions.

More than 3,700 flights were delayed on Tuesday, and more than 1,200 were canceled by midday, according to Flightaware.com, a website that tracks air traffic.

Records were buried in snow piles. Detroit, for example, recorded 39.1 inches of snow in January, a record for the month, and New York City received almost 2 feet more snow than in most other years. In Chicago, the storm marked the 33rd and 34th days of measurable snow this season, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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