Live updates: A massive winter storm is moving eastward across the United States


Dallas’ backup generators won’t be ready in time for storm

After the storm last winter that cut off power to millions of Texasans, Dallas authorized a $2 million total cost for eight generators in select libraries and rec centres, as well as eight additional generators that can be used for heating and power.

“Unfortunately, they will not be ready for this winter,” said Dallas’ Director of Emergency Management Rocky Vaz. Vaz informed the Council last month that the generators had arrived but it would take 6-8 months to put them in place.

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Chicago zoo posts photos of animals enjoying the snow

The Brookfield Zoo, Chicago published several photographs of snow-loving animals.

This year’s #GroundhogDay prediction is six more weeks of winter! Your reaction is similar to Whirl?

— Brookfield Zoo (@brookfield_zoo) February 2, 2022

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More than 110 million Americans in path of dangerous winter storm

Purdue University cancels in-person classes and meetings

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette Indiana. Due to severe weather, all classes and meetings have been cancelled. According to the university, “all non-essential personnel should work remotely” in case of an emergency.

The area is expecting 12-18 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday, according to CBS affiliate WFLI-TV.

Chicago’s south suburbs, northwest Indiana getting more than 10 inches of snow

The south suburbs of Chicago and parts of northwest Indiana have already gotten up to 10 inches of snow, with the total to increase as the snowfall continues, CBS Chicago reports.

About 35 miles southeast of Chicago in Schererville, Indiana, 7 inches of snow have been recorded so far.

United cancels over 600 flights for Thursday

United Airlines as of 3 p.m. has already preemptively canceled over 600 flights for Thursday. Customers flying to and from the Northeast, Midwest, and Rocky Mountain areas will be eligible for weather-related travel waivers.

Kentucky official warns of “epic event”

Kentuckians have been warned between one-quarter and three-quarters of an inch of ice could fall in parts of the state Thursday.

“Folks, this is going to be an epic event,” Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett said during a briefing Wednesday.

With temperatures forecast to fall quickly, Dossett said the ice was expected to stick to roadways as well as power lines, potentially causing outages.

Governor Andy Beshear said roads can’t be treated with brine and rock salt ahead of the storm because rain was expected to wash it away.

Beshear declared a state of emergency and announced state offices would be closed Thursday.

Over 4,000 flights canceled

More than 2,000 U.S. flights scheduled for Wednesday have been canceled, according to FlightAware.

The flight-tracking service also said over 2,400 flights scheduled for Thursday have already been canceled.

Images show snowy conditions on Missouri highway

Missouri’s Transportation Department posted pictures to Twitter showing a long line of tractor-trailers and other vehicles on a snowy stretch of Interstate 70 in Columbia.

i-70 ALERT – 2/2/22, 11AM
All westbound lanes are closed at mile marker 124 (west of Stadium Boulevard) in Columbia, due to a crash. The road may be temporarily closed. #mowx #midmowx #BUPD

— MoDOT Central District (@MoDOT_Central) February 2, 2022

Westbound lanes were closed in the area Wednesday morning after a crash, the agency said.

One lane was opened in the afternoon.

One westbound lane has been opened, and traffic is SLOWLY moving through that area.

— MoDOT Central District (@MoDOT_Central) February 2, 2022

Over a foot of snow expected in at least 4 states

More than one foot of snow is expected in areas of central Missouri, Michigan and central Illinois. Up to one foot could also fall in northeastern Illinois and central Illinois on Wednesday and Thursday. Twelve to 18 inches of snow is possible in areas of northern Indiana, said Andrew Orrison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland.

“For a lot of areas, we are going to be looking at significant amounts of snowfall and also ice,” he said.

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Several inches of snow dumped in Chicago area

Much has been snowed in Chicago, with many areas receiving more than 5 inches. Some spots received more than 9 inches by mid-morning Wednesday. CBS Chicago reports. These numbers were expected to rise as heavy snowfall is forecasted throughout the day.

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Motorists on Interstate 90-40 during a snowy morning in Chicago, Feb. 2, 2022.

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Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter

Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow, declaring there would be six more weeks of winter.

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