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Massive winter storm spreading snow and ice across the U.S.

Massive storm spreading snow and ice across the U.S.


AccuWeather meteorologists are warning businesses to prepare for disruptions and difficult travel as a potent winter storm will spread snow across the Intermountain West into the Plains, and spread snow and ice across northern states this week.

Key Highlights

Threats: heavy snow, blizzard conditions, freezing rain, sleet, gusty winds, difficult travel, power outages

States affected: CA OR, WA, ID, NV, AZ, NM, UT, CO, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE, MN, WI, MI, PA, NY, MA, VT, NH

When: Monday, February 20 - Friday, February 24


AccuWeather’s team of 100+ meteorologists is closely monitoring a significant winter storm that will deliver heavy snow and ice to parts of the U.S. this week. AccuWeather For Business Snow Warning Service clients will receive alerts as the storm approaches, indicating start and stop times, snow accumulation totals, and more. 

Snow fell across the Northwest and Rockies Monday before moving across the Midwest and Northeast. Businesses should also prepare for gusty winds, especially in the Southwest. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 60 inches.

The storm will move northwest into the middle of the week through the central and northern Plains, dumping heavy snow. The storm will track northeast, impacting businesses in the Midwest and Northeast. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 30 inches in the Plains.

Massive storm spreading snow and ice across the U.S.

The large area of snow will lead to major travel issues across the country. Some heaviest snow will fall in the Rockies and the upper Plains. Heavy snow combined with gusty winds could produce blizzard conditions in some areas. There is an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 100 mph. 

Massive storm spreading snow and ice across the U.S.

Businesses from the Midwest to the Northeast should also prepare for freezing rain and sleet mid-to-late week. Be prepared for power outages, downed trees, powerlines, and dangerous travel conditions from icy roads and bridges. 

Massive storm spreading snow and ice across the U.S.

Businesses in the path of this system should prepare for the following:

  • Retail: Shovel and salt walkways, dry high-traffic areas inside near entrances, and keep all floors clear to help prevent falls and reduce liability.
  • Ground logistics disruptions from snow-covered roads. 
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers.

Protect your business and team members by making the best weather-impacted decisions with AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service, backed by forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy™. AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service offers location-specific forecasts and 24x7x365 consulting services for snow, ice, blizzards, and other winter-hazard events. 

AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service features include: 

  • Precise weather event start and end times
  • Total expected snow and ice accumulations
  • Specific changeover times for snow, ice, and rain
  • Hourly temperatures and wind conditions before, during, and after the storm
  • Post-storm weather conditions, including verified precipitation amounts. 

If you do not use AccuWeather, you may risk the lives of your employees and customers. 

Contact us today to learn how to access the most accurate forecasts and earlier warnings so you can make the best weather-impacted decisions every time. 

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