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WINTER STORM: Snow and bitter cold across the Midwest and Northeast Friday

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A worker clears snow from a sidewalk on Friday, January 19, 2024 in Washington, DC.


Another round of snow blankets the Northeast Friday, prompting emergency protocols in many areas as conditions lead to dangerous travel throughout the evening.

More than 100 million people, nearly 30% of the U.S. population, are under winter weather warnings across the Pacific Northwest, Northern Plains, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. It comes on the heels of severe wintry conditions over the past week, which has claimed at least one toll 64 in 13 states, primarily in the Pacific Northwest and South. Five people have died in Kentucky due to the winter storm, Governor A Press release.

Snow began to fall in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast early Friday morning after blanketing the Midwest and parts of the Great Lakes late Thursday.

Snowfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches were common Friday afternoon from Nebraska and Iowa through Ohio and Pennsylvania. Parts of eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia received heavy accumulations of 3 to 6 inches.

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A man shovels snow on his neighbor's sidewalk in Clintonville, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 19.

Snow continued to fall in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Washington, DC, had already picked up more than 2 inches of snow Friday morning, with measurements in nearby Baltimore exceeding 3 inches.

Philadelphia could see 4 to 6 inches of snow as the storm winds down late Friday. Parts of southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey received between 2 and 4 inches by Friday afternoon, with totals expected to rise further.

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Heavy snow developed south of New York City on Friday, leading to less snowfall there. New York City's Central Park picked up 0.1 inches of snow Friday afternoon, while the city's LaGuardia Airport recorded 0.6 inches.

New York City officials issued a travel advisory for Friday, warning of low visibility and possible travel delays.

To the north, lake-effect snow in the Buffalo, New York area is expected to last through the weekend. Buffalo saw an additional 3-inch pile up on top of the heavy snow it already received.

The heaviest lake-effect snow, up to 8 inches, will fall on the southern shores of the Great Lakes region, including Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania, through Saturday morning.

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The forecast prompted officials to implement emergency protocols before the snowfall began.

A snow emergency is in effect for the city of Philadelphia on Friday declared.

In New York City, emergency management officials warned that the storm could affect travel Friday evening.

As snow and cold temperatures blanket New York, outreach teams plan to canvass the city's five boroughs to offer shelter to those experiencing homelessness, the city said.

In nearby New Jersey, Governor Bill Murphy extended a state of emergency with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected.

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“It appears Mother Nature is making up for lost time,” Murphy said Thursday evening. “After a couple of years without snow in New Jersey, today, we're headed for our second snowstorm of the week.”

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Murphy warned that the snow could melt or turn to ice by Friday morning, making travel dangerous Friday evening.

Ban on commercial vehicles Several New Jersey highways were issued early Friday morning. The order does not apply to the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden City Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.

West Virginia also has a state of emergency Friday.

A state of emergency is in effect across the state of Oregon due to a severe blizzard on the West Coast, the governor said. announced on Thursday On social media.

“Thousands of people across the state have been affected by the storm, including power outages, lack of transportation and an array of safety concerns that come with severe weather,” Governor Tina Codec said in a statement.

“The state is working with counties as they assess needs, including critical federal resources that could be opened up by a statewide emergency,” Codek said.

As of Friday evening, more than 79,000 homes and businesses in Oregon were without power. The monitoring site is PowerOutage.us.

Oregon and Washington states received up to half an additional inch of snow through Friday. Up to 6 inches of snow is also possible, with heavier snow expected in the higher elevations and interior of Washington through Friday.

Some major school districts across the country have closed, while others have opted for virtual learning or alternative dismissal times.

After being closed for several days amid snowstorms, Portland Public Schools in Oregon closed again on Friday. The district is accordingly one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest WebsiteMore than 49,000 students are enrolled.

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“As eager as we are to reopen schools, we will not make a decision that puts our community at risk.” Portland Public Schools said.

On the east coast, Baltimore City Public Schools, School District of Philadelphia, Fairfax County Public Schools Virginia and Newark Public Schools New Jersey is closed on Fridays. Passaic Public Schools Will soon be dismissed in New Jersey.

But New York City Public Schools on Friday, DMK The nation's largest school district said. Over 1 million students attend NYC public schools.

In the Midwest, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District CMSD will be closed Friday, including Virtual School and CMSD Distance School. Other Ohio school districts were closed Friday Akron Public Schools And Hamilton City Schools.

In Iowa, Stanton Community Schools And this Sidney Community School District Friday opted for virtual learning.

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