Deadly ice storm sees US temperatures drop to -29C

A powerful icy storm system is sweeping

across the US, resulting in temperatures

dropping to -29C and lower as well as

deaths, power cuts and massive travel


A severe winter storm warning has been

issued by the Government's National

Weather Service, and forecasters say the

storm is heading for Virginia and the Mid-

Atlantic next.

Yesterday, the mercury dropped to -29C in

Montana and South Dakota during the day,

while officials have warned residents in

northwest Minnesota to brace for

temperatures as low as -45C with the

impact of wind chill.

What was described as a "complex winter

storm" affected much of the central and

eastern parts of the country this weekend,

and the storm warning was due to remain

in place until 10am EST (3pm GMT) on

Monday in some areas.

Meanwhile, the NWS also issued a "hard

freeze warning" for large parts of the

Midwest, and freeze warnings for the west


Four people have died in the San Francisco

Bay area of California as a result of

hypothermia, and at least six deaths in

traffic-related incidents were blamed on the

severe weather across several states.

One person died in North Texas after a pick-

up truck lost control on an icy bridge.

In Virginia, state Emergency Management

spokeswoman Laura Southard said the

storm had the potential to be a "historic ice


"This forecast is very concerning to us," Ms

Southard said yesterday. "I've worked

multiple disasters, but I've never worked an

ice storm with a forecast like this. It's just

really important for everybody to take extra


Among the road closures yesterday were

Interstate 35, north of Dallas, Texas, where

treacherous conditions had seen crashes and

vehicles struggling to climb hills. About

75,000 homes in the Dallas area were

without power on Saturday, down from a

peak of more than 270,000.

The ice storm has forced the cancellation of

a number of large annual events, including

today's Dallas Marathon, which was

expected to draw 25,000 runners, and the

St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, expected to

see 20,000 people competing.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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