As of Friday, meteorologists predicted that a massive late-season winter storm would drop a varied variety of precipitation.
Across a large portion of the United States through Saturday, causing slippery roads and a few isolated power outages.
The National Weather Service issued winter weather alerts for over 70 million people from Arizona to Tennessee and up through Maine. The centre of the storm was predicted to hit inland Northeastern states.
The meteorological service predicts light snow from the southern plains to Wisconsin on Friday as the cold front moves across the middle of the country.
This weekend, that front will strengthen, and a severe winter storm will form across the Tennessee and Ohio valleys in the East.
Friday morning saw the start of a snowstorm that was predicted to dump several inches of snow across parts of North Texas and southern Oklahoma.
On Saturday night, snowfall totals of up to 5 inches were predicted for certain sections of Kentucky, and through the day on Sunday, similar amounts of snow were forecast for eastern Tennessee.
The North America Winter Storm
The North American winter storm of February 13-17, 2021, which the Weather Channel unofficially dubbed Snow Storm Uri.
It was a major winter and ice storm that had widespread repercussions across the United States, Northern Mexico, and parts of Canada.
The storm formed in the Pacific Northwest, swept across the South, and then made its way to the Midwest and Northeast a few days later.
As a result of the storm, the National Weather Service issued many winter weather alerts that will affect nearly 170 million people across the United States.
The power crisis in Texas was the largest in the United States since the Northeast blackout of 2003, affecting over 9.9 million people in the United States and Mexico.
The storm exacerbated the severity of a cold wave that swept through much of North America.
The Southeastern United States was hit by the storm’s intense, damaging weather, which included multiple tornadoes.
As the storm moved over the United States, it brought with it severe, damaging weather, including multiple tornadoes, to the Southeast.
By January 2, 2022, the death toll from the storm had climbed to at least 290, with 276 deaths in the United States and 14 deaths in Mexico, up from at least 20 direct and 13 indirect deaths on February 16.