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Two major winter storms are expected to dump heavy snow from coast to coast and have already led to the cancellation of more than 800 flights scheduled for Wednesday during the busy Presidents Week holiday. 

The first system will bring snow and fierce winds to the Midwest and  New England on Tuesday and into the next couple of days.

The other was expected to bring more than a foot of snow and wind gusts of more than 40 miles an hour to a swath stretching from California through Nevada and into Colorado from Tuesday through Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.

Hazardous travel conditions due to icy and snow-packed roadways were expected throughout the area, the NWS said. According to Flightaware, over 800 flights in the US have already been canceled on Wednesday. 

Some higher spots in southwestern Colorado could see three feet of snow accumulation over the next couple of days, the service said.

‘A lot of these mountain towns are driven off the ski industry so they are able to handle it,’ National Weather Service Grand Junction Meteorologist Kris Sanders said. 

In this image taken from video from a Caltrans remote video traffic camera, light traffic makes its way in snowy conditions along Interstate 80 at Castle Peak, Calif., Tuesday

In this image taken from video from a Caltrans remote video traffic camera, light traffic makes its way in snowy conditions along Interstate 80 at Castle Peak, Calif., Tuesday

In this image taken from video from a Caltrans remote video traffic camera, light traffic makes its way in snowy conditions along Interstate 80 at Castle Peak, Calif., Tuesday

A sign warning of snow and ice conditions, reading " Winter Storm Warning in Effect until 6 pm" is seen on a highway in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 22

A sign warning of snow and ice conditions, reading " Winter Storm Warning in Effect until 6 pm" is seen on a highway in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 22

A sign warning of snow and ice conditions, reading ” Winter Storm Warning in Effect until 6 pm” is seen on a highway in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 22

Most of the northern half of America will likely see some form of wintry weather over the next few days

Most of the northern half of America will likely see some form of wintry weather over the next few days

Most of the northern half of America will likely see some form of wintry weather over the next few days

Workers toil to clear snow in Larimer Square as the first of a pair of winter storms sweeps over the intermountain West Tuesday

Workers toil to clear snow in Larimer Square as the first of a pair of winter storms sweeps over the intermountain West Tuesday

Workers toil to clear snow in Larimer Square as the first of a pair of winter storms sweeps over the intermountain West Tuesday

Ski resorts and skiers will welcome the fresh snow. The snow season began slowly, but picked up with several strong storms around the new year. 

In January, however, the region did not get a significant snow fall.

‘So something like this is definitely helping. Much appreciated,’ Sanders said.

The system making its way across the Dakotas through Wisconsin and into New England can bring snow totals of eight inches, along with 35 mph wind gusts on Tuesday and into Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

The storm forced numerous school district in Wisconsin and Minnesota to cancel classes on Tuesday.

Winter Weather Advisories and warnings are coming to big chunks of the southwest

Winter Weather Advisories and warnings are coming to big chunks of the southwest

Winter Weather Advisories and warnings are coming to big chunks of the southwest

Much of the midwest could be dealing with ice storms over the next 72 hours

Much of the midwest could be dealing with ice storms over the next 72 hours

Much of the midwest could be dealing with ice storms over the next 72 hours

The northeast could get their shot of the wintry weather on Friday

The northeast could get their shot of the wintry weather on Friday

The northeast could get their shot of the wintry weather on Friday

Forecasters warned that driving will be treacherous during the evening commute as blowing snow will make roadways slick and reduce visibility. 

Sleet and ice were also in the forecast for northern Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas while a region from Alabama up through Ohio and into New York was expecting heavy rains that could cause flooding, forecasters warned.

Temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees below average in the Northern Rockies, Great Plains and parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley, with some spots seeing record and dangerously cold readings, the NWS said.

Source: Daily Mail

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