Storm Indra is set to power its way through the US, following hot on the heels of winter storm Harper. Harper had previously battered the US East coast, suspending flights, and seeing temperatures plunge below -35F. The National Weather Service was forced to issue weather warnings for 15 states due to the icy blast, and 10 people were killed. Some 5,000 flights were cancelled as up to two feet of snow was recorded in places.
Storm Indra is not expected to bring quite as much snow as its predecessor, but will still be a formidable force.
As it comes, Indra is expected to bring with it some travel disruption to the US, and at the moment is bringing snow and high winds to Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska in the American Midwest.
There are some weather warnings currently issued in the US, and airlines have predicted certain flights will be delayed as Indra moves inwards.
Freezing rain and sleet will also remain a concern in certain areas, with ice also causing disruption.
The US Weather Service’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has issued warnings for the incoming snow storm, which will bring a “swathe” of snow over the Midwest and US northern tier.
They said: “A low pressure system will continue to strengthen as it exits the central Plains this Tuesday afternoon.
“Parts of the central High Plains have already been impacted by blizzard or near-blizzard conditions as the storm intensifies.
“This low is forecast to track east-northeast into the Great Lakes through Wednesday.”
Storm Harper brought a widespread freeze
“A swathe of snow is expected to the north of the storm track with up to a foot of accumulation possible over the Great Lakes.
“Some mixed precipitation can also be expected near the storm track, as well as parts of the interior Northeast on Wednesday.
“South of the storm track, rain is expected ahead of a cold front and some thunderstorms will be possible.
Similar conditions from storm Harper resulted in 10 deaths, and hundreds of crashes, so Indra could be just as deadly.
Southwest airlines has already been forced to alter some of their flight due to the incoming storm, with some diversions and cancellations.
Storm Harper also brought flooding in the US
A number of cities listed below will have had flights affected:
– Chicago-Midway (MDW)
– Denver (DEN)
– Des Moines (DSM)
– Kansas City (MCI)
– Milwaukee (MKE)
– Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
– Omaha (OMA)
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