Winter Storm Miles 2022 path tracker LIVE
ANOTHER massive winter storm is set to hammer parts of the US this weekend.
The wild weather is forecast to move across the country, before hitting the East Coast toward the end of the week, according to the Weather Channel.
The storm has also been named Winter Storm Miles.
The National Weather Service is warning that the central, southern, and eastern US will face a wintry mix of heavy snow and rain, resulting in possible flooding and thunderstorms.
It’s highly likely that snow will hit northern Texas to northern New England from Wednesday into Thursday, according to AccuWeather.
It comes after thousands of flights were canceled across the country earlier this month due to snow, and sleet hitting over 20 states.
More than 100 million people were under winter weather alerts and at least 3,600 flights that were scheduled were axed, causing widespread travel disruption.
Read our Winter Storm Miles path tracker for the latest news and updates…
Winter Storm Landon’s impact
Winter Storm Landon wreaked havoc across several states in early February.
It caused over 300,000 homes and businesses from Texas to Ohio to lose power, according to The Weather Channel.
The storm also started a deadly tornado in Alabama on Thursday that reportedly killed one person and critically injured three others.
Plus, Winter Storm Landon caused Interstate 10 in Texas to shut down, leaving hundreds of drivers stuck in traffic for hours near San Antonio.
Cars may not offer refuge
Finally, although it may function as a temporary shelter from a winter storm, you should avoid waiting out winter conditions in your car, the video revealed.
“Sheltering in a trapped vehicle can be dangerous,” experts at The Weather Channel explained.
A car’s metal frame creates “a very frigid situation,” and regulating temperature inside the car can be tricky.
Plus, running your engine may not be a safe solution, either.
“Only do so if you know that you can keep the exhaust pipe clear,” The Weather Channel’s winter safety video explained.
“Snow and slush buildup around the pipe can block the exhaust and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Warm up slowly
Although it may be tempting to hop into a hot bath, sauna, or jacuzzi after coming in from the cold, you may be putting yourself at risk.
“Exposure to intense heat is not a way to treat hypothermia,” The Weather Channel video warned.
“If you soak in a jacuzzi it can be very painful for your skin, and even cause a heart attack.”
Try heating up after extreme cold exposure by applying warm washcloths to the body, or using strategically-placed hot water bottles.
“Alcohol doesn’t actually make you warm,” The Weather Channel noted in the video.
“It can cause you to feel warm by moving blood to the top of the skin, but taking that heat away from your core can be dangerous,” the experts at the channel explained.
Swap your alcoholic beverage for hot chocolate, which has more calories–essential for keeping your body healthy in chilly conditions–and will help raise your body temperature.
Drink lots of water
Drinking water in the winter is vital to your safety, The Weather Channel explained in the video.
“You can still get dehydrated in the winter,” the outlet warned, but you’re less likely to realize it.
Dry winter air makes sweat evaporate more quickly, so you may not realize the severity of dehydration as quickly as you might in the summer months.
“Drink more water, especially when exercising outside,” The Weather Channel advised.
Be gentle with frostbitten skin
In the video from January, The Weather Channel explained why you shouldn’t rub frostbitten skin to warm it up.
“Your first instinct may be to rub your hands together to cause friction, but fight the urge,” the video advised.
Tiny ice crystals on your skin may tear and rip at the soft tissue, causing more damage.
The safer way to warm up is by gradually heating your skin, ideally using warm water.
Staying safe in winter weather
In a video posted to Twitter in January, The Weather Channel shared five tips for staying safe in winter weather.
- Don’t rub frostbitten skin
- Drink water
- Skip the booze
- Warm up slowly
- Vehicles may not be safe refuge
Tornadoes, hail, sleet on the way
Strong winds, hail, and tornadoes are expected Wednesday into Thursday from Dallas to Birmingham, Alabama due to the storm.
Meanwhile, an icy combination of sleet and rain may hit Oklahoma to Indiana, too.
Slippery conditions possible
Multiple states are expected to see dangerous and slippery travel conditions due to Winter Storm Miles.
School delays or cancellations may occur in Kansas City, St Louis, and Chicago, as up to half a foot of snow is expected.
How winter storms cause deaths
Most who die from winter storms are not killed by the weather itself.
A majority of the deaths are traffic accidents on icy roads.
Some also die from heart attacks while shoveling snow, and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold weather.
Winter storm names
These are the names the Weather Channel chose for winter storms during the 2021 to 2022 season:
What was the name of the last winter storm?
The last major winter storm in the United States was named Winter Storm Landon.
Winter Storm Landon spread to the Northeast after hitting the South hard with a crippling ice storm that resulted in over 300,000 homes and businesses from Texas to Ohio to lose power, according to The Weather Channel.
Heavy snow expected in Missouri, other states
The heaviest snow is “forecasted for portions of northern Missouri, eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and Michigan,” according to AccuWeather.
That is where travel is most likely to be impacted, the outlet revealed.
‘Multitude of weather hazards’
“This storm is expected to bring a multitude of weather hazards, including snow and falling temperatures across the West and an area of steady snow from the Front Range to the Great Lakes,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Joseph Bauer of Winter Storm Miles.
Snow from Texas to New England
It’s very likely that snow from Winter Storm Miles will hit northern Texas to northern New England from Wednesday into Thursday, according to AccuWeather.
Thundersnow was reported late Tuesday at Lake Arrowhead in the mountains of Southern California, the Weather Channel reported.
Winter Storm Miles “also produced showers and storms in the lower elevations of Southern California, including some that produced small hail,” the outlet noted.
Where is the storm headed?
Winter Storm Miles will head across parts of the central and eastern US through later this week, the Weather Channel reported.
Right now, it is dropping snow out west.
On Tuesday, Winter Storm Miles brought a few inches of snowfall to California’s Sierra Nevada.
What is the name of the winter storm?
The upcoming storm has been named Winter Storm Miles by The Weather Channel.