Today the winter storm Draco has begun to slam the Midwest. The broad area is covering from Washington to even Michigan. There are a lot of precautions that need to be taken when preparing for a winter storm like this. This morning, the snow began to fall in Des Moines, Iowa. This is causing a lot of trouble for children in schools and the road ways are starting to become very dangerous. Experts are saying that many states already have about 5 inches of snow, with no sign of slowing up anytime soon. It is expected that even with 5 inches already on the ground, that many can be expecting about 5-8 more inches of snow.
This storm has greatly intensified overnight. Today, the storms main focus is Iowa and Nebraska. The storm will be moving east towards Illinois and Michigan through Friday. Weather experts are telling people to be prepared, because the Midwest is going to get slammed with 6-10 inches of snow, and even a foot in some places. Last night Colorado and Utah were dusted with snow, and many ski resorts are not unhappy with the results. These resorts are now open with fresh snow right before the holiday, which means good business for them!
The heaviest snow is expected across a swath extending from northwest Missouri into Milwaukee, into Chicago and Michigan. The best thing to do to get prepared for a winter storm like this is stock up on goods, and don’t leave your home unless you have to. Roads are predicted to be very treacherous, so be careful with the limited visibility due to the wind and snow. Driving conditions along Nebraska have caused one fatality, which is why it is especially important to make sure you are driving with the utmost caution.
Although some don’t like the snow, the moisture was being welcomed by farmers in the drought-parched region, but it is said that the storm may not make too large of a dent. In Kansas, for example, some areas are more than 12 inches below normal precipitation for the year. The snow isn’t all bad though, many children are overjoyed that they finally get to play in the snow this season. Since a lot of schools over the region have cancelled classes, this gives the kids a day to enjoy and play out in a winter wonderland.
Even though the snowstorm has covered a lot of the Midwest already, it is not over yet. It is expected to move east towards Chicago and Detroit within the next two days.