States located in the north plains are largely shutting down A massive winter storm is approaching, which could bring up to 2 feet of new snow in certain areas. It will also be accompanied with strong winds and extremely cold temperatures.

Many schools in the Dakotas and Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin, were closed Wednesday due to the storm. Offices closed, and so did the Minnesota Legislature, which won’t reconvene until Monday. People were warned by emergency management officials to avoid the roads, or risk being harmed. “whiteout” Snow and powerful winds can cause severe weather conditions.

The storm is expected to move toward the East Coast in the latter part of the week. Places that don’t get snow may get dangerous amounts of ice. Some areas in southern Michigan and northern Illinois could see up to half an inch of ice, according to forecasters. states.

This snowfall is likely to be unprecedented, even for a region used to receiving heavy snowfalls. According to the National Weather Service, snowfalls could reach 25 inches, with heavy accumulations in east-central Minnesota, west-central Wisconsin and West-central Minnesota. Wind chills can reach minus 50 mph, and gusts up to 50 mph. are Expect temperatures to drop below 50°F (minus 46°C) in certain parts of Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Minnesota.

Minneapolis-St. Paul could experience 2 feet (61 cm) or more of snow for the first times in 30 years.

Families rushed to do their shopping Tuesday before it was too late. Molly Schirmer bought Mexican Coca-Colas at Costco in St. Louis Park. She was worried that her teenage children might be stuck home so she stocked up.

“The schools are already preparing to go online, so the kids will probably be home doing online school,” Schirmer spoke of her 15- and 13-year-olds.

Larry and Sue Lick bought coffee and toilet paper at another Costco, in suburban Eagan. To avoid any disruptions to the road, they also changed their plans for medical appointments and family events.

“It’s not so much our driving, but you’ve got to worry about everybody else driving, with so many accidents caused by people that don’t know the winter driving,” Larry Lick is 77.

According to weather services, the snowstorm will come in two waves. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul areas, Wednesday will bring the first blast with as much snow as possible. Round 2 will begin later Wednesday, and last through Thursday. “with an additional 10 to 20 inches expected.”

Frank Pereira, a meteorologist for the Weather Service said that approximately 43 million Americans were expected to be affected by this system.

In Grand Forks (North Dakota), temperatures could plummet to below 15 degrees to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, and to minus 25 degree Fahrenheit (minus 32° Celsius) Friday. Nathan Rick of Grand Forks, a meteorologist said that wind chills can drop to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit or minus 46 degrees Celsius.

It will become common for wind speeds to reach 35 mph in central Minnesota and west. Some gusts may even exceed 50 mph. This will lead to “significant blowing and drifting snow with whiteout conditions in open areas,” The weather service stated.

According to the weather service, the biggest snow event on record in the Twin Cities was 28.4 inches from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, 1991 — known as the Halloween Blizzard. 22.11 inches of snow fell between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, 1985. On Jan. 22, 1982, the Twin Cities received 20 inches of snow.

The owners of hardware stores said that residents took the forecast well.

At C&S Supply, an employee-owned hardware store in Mankato, manager Corey Kapaun said demand was high for salt and grit, but not for shovels, snow blowers or other equipment. That could be due to the fact winter is now two-thirds finished, he said.

Kapaun said he’s sold 130 to 140 snow blowers and around 1,000 shovels this winter, when Mankato has seen more than 3 feet of snow.

“I think people are either prepared or they’re not,” Kapaun said. “It’s usually the first snowfall of the year that gets a lot of attention. With a storm like this, I expected a little bit more, but we’ve already had a big year of snow already.”

Dallas VandenBos, a Sioux Falls native, has been the owner of Robson True Value Hardware for 48 years. He is a friend to many. are used to the snow, but don’t necessarily trust the forecast.

“When we had that storm the first part of January, they told us we were probably going to get 3 or 4 inches of snow, and we got 18 inches,” VandenBos said.

Sales of snow-related items haven’t really picked up, but VandenBos has a backlog of snow blowers to repair. Those bringing them in Tuesday were out of luck — they won’t be ready for a week.

“They’re not going to get them in time for this snow,” VandenBos said.

AccuWeather forecasters said that the same storm could cause icing over a 1,300-mile (2.092-kilometer) area from Omaha, Nebraska to New Hampshire Wednesday and Thursday. This would create potential dangers for travelers in and near major cities like Chicago, Detroit, Chicago, and Boston.

As the northern U.S. deals with a winter blast, record warmth is expected in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast — 30 degrees to 40 degrees above normal in some places. Record highs are Pereira indicated that they expect to see them from Baltimore to New Orleans as well as in most of Florida.

Washington, D.C., may reach 80 degrees Thursday, breaking the previous record of 78 degrees, set in 1874.

California was also bracing for yet another winter storm as wind gusts began Tuesday and brought rain, snow, hail to large parts of the state. The A “major snow event” The National Weather Service stated that it was possible to get several inches of rain in the foothills and mountains around Los Angeles. This is even with elevations below 1,000 feet.

“Nearly the entire population of CA will be able to see snow from some vantage point later this week if they look in the right direction (i.e., toward the highest hills in vicinity),” Twitter post by Daniel Swain (UCLA climate scientist)

Southern California daytime temperatures were expected to stay in the 50s to 60s. There were potentially dangerous winds of up to 50 mph predicted on the central coast. In the mountains, gusts of 70-70 mph are possible.