A “potentially historic” winter storm will slam the north-central USA over the next few days with up to 2 feet of snow possible in some areas.
Snow will accumulate from eastern Washington and Montana to Colorado, the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, the Weather Channel said. Record low temperatures are also possible Thursday and Friday across the western USA.
The system will produce severe storms and heavy rain Thursday in the southern Plains and critical-to-extreme fire weather threats from the central and southern Rockies to California, the National Weather Service said.
The size and intensity of this snowstorm are unheard of for October, according to AccuWeather.
In Spokane, Washington, wet, heavy snow snapped tree branches and took out power lines. Avista Utilities was restoring power to 32,000 customers on Wednesday.
Driving conditions are deteriorating across Montana and northern Wyoming as ice and blowing snow covered roadways.
A slew of winter storm warnings, watches and freeze warnings were in effect across parts of seven states as the storm ramped up Wednesday, AccuWeather said.