Bliz­zards, floods bring weather havoc to much of na­tion

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - Doyle Rice

The USA’s weather isn’t go­ing qui­etly into the new year, thanks to a pair of bliz­zards and a wide­spread flood threat.

One snow­storm brought bliz­zard con­di­tions to por­tions of the north­ern Plains and Up­per Mid­west and a sec­ond con­tin­ues to dump heavy snow from Ari­zona to the Texas Pan­han­dle. At least three peo­ple have died in car crashes due to the cen­tral U.S. storm.

Mean­while, drench­ing rain on the wa­ter­logged south­ern and eastern United States has prompted flood watches and warn­ings that are af­fect­ing 50 mil­lion peo­ple. The pound­ing rain has swept away cars and led to dozens of wa­ter res­cues.

Along the na­tion’s north­ern tier, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice fore­cast more snow from cen­tral Min­nesota to the Up­per Penin­sula of Michi­gan and also north­ern New Eng­land on Fri­day.

Though bliz­zard warn­ings had been lifted in the Mid­west, win­ter storm warn­ings and watches re­mained in ef­fect in Min­nesota and Michi­gan. So far, McGre­gor, Min­nesota, re­ported 19.2 inches of snow, the high­est to­tal so far, ac­cord­ing to the weather ser­vice.

In the North­east Fri­day, a win­try mix of snow, sleet and freez­ing rain cre­ated dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­di­tions in parts of up­state New York into Ver­mont, New Hamp­shire, Maine and north­ern and cen­tral Mas­sachusetts, the Weather Chan­nel re­ported. Up to 4 inches of snow was pos­si­ble in some ar­eas, bad news for driv­ers but good news for snow-starved ski ar­eas.

The sec­ond win­ter storm, hit­ting parts of the South­west, is ex­pected to con­tinue through Satur­day af­ter­noon. Snow­fall is fore­cast to spread from south­ern Colorado through eastern Ari­zona, New Mex­ico and the Texas Pan­han­dle. The heav­i­est snow­fall is likely in cen­tral and eastern New Mex­ico, with up to 2 feet in the high­est ter­rain. The weather ser­vice said strong winds will ac­com­pany the snow­fall, prompt­ing bliz­zard warn­ings in cen­tral New Mex­ico, which in­cludes the Al­bu­querque metro area.

Tem­per­a­tures were fore­cast to plunge as the storm moves across the area.

Drench­ing rain and flood­ing – not snow – were the threats in the south­east­ern and eastern U.S. Fri­day.

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