Winter weather causing problems from coast to coast

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Winter weather — sometimes severe — is causing travel problems from California to the Northeast, and it appears there is more to come.

Major interstates have been closed as the storm dumped record amounts of snow and rain throughout parts of California, Colorado, Nevada, and the Northern Plains. Authorities are advising against any unnecessary travel in several states.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento, California has issued a blizzard warning through Friday afternoon, Jan. 29. From 5 to 8 feet of snow is possible before the storm ends, and winds could be as high as 50 miles per hour and travel is discouraged. The weather service suggests drivers check with CalTrans for chain controls. Interstate 80 has been closed several times since the storm began, as has Interstate 5. As of this afternoon, the California Highway Patrol was escorting vehicles on the I-5 Grapevine, which had been closed earlier.

The National Weather Service Prediction Center says that at lower elevations and near the coast, heavy rain is expected and likely to lead to flash flooding and debris flows near burn scar areas. Rock and mudslides and other flooding issues are possible even outside of areas immediately in the vicinity of burn scars.

Forecasters expect this storm to move eastward and connect with Arctic air over the Midwest and considerable snowfall during the weekend before moving on to the Northeast and Atlantic Coast.

Elsewhere, winter weather is being blamed for a chain-reaction pile-up on Interstate 25 north of Denver Tuesday, Jan. 26. The collision involved several tractor-trailers. Nebrask State Troopers say they responded to more than 53 weather-related crashes Monday, Nan 25, and Tuesday.

Multiple alerts are active in the West as Winter Storm #Orlena continues. We’re LIVE with timing, snowfall reports, new videos from the region, and more.

Posted by The Weather Channel on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Ran the stats from the last two days – a snowstorm and its aftermath we won’t soon forget. Troopers made 534 motorist…

Posted by Nebraska State Patrol on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Unfortunately, crashes involving freight carriers continue. Two occurred overnight and a third this morning. These…

Posted by Maryland State Highway Administration on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Today is not the day. With snow across many areas of Nevada, today is not the day for unnecessary travel. If you don’t…

Posted by Nevada Department of Transportation on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

UPDATE: – R2 restrictions on I-80 in both directions from Colfax to the Nevada state line. – Big rigs are at maximum restrictions. 

Posted by CHP – Truckee on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Posted by U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Today’s Theme: Clean-up. Troopers have been busy again today, responding to another 150+ weather-related incidents….

Posted by Nebraska State Patrol on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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