Cold blast sweeps through Northeast following winter storm in the West, U.S.

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Parts of New York and New England are recording below zero-degree wind chills on Friday morning, March 5, 2021, as a cold blast sweeps through the Northeast. The cold wave came after a winter storm brought heavy snow to parts of the West on Thursday, March 4.

Wind gusts of more than 64 km/h (40 mph) have been blowing in parts of the Northeast on Friday morning. The cold weather is expected to remain throughout the weekend but will be warming up by the middle of the following week.

Meanwhile, a winter storm brought snow to parts of the Rockies on Thursday. About 20 cm (8 inches) of snow fell in Colorado, where roads were covered in ice. Several car accidents and spinouts were reported in Colorado Springs.

On the West Coast, a new storm is forecast to move in Friday, bringing a threat of flooding, heavy mountain snow, and gusty winds.

A winter weather advisory has been in place for Northern California, where up to 0.3 m (1 foot) of snow may fall. A flood watch has also been issued for western Washington, heavy rains may trigger an overflow of rivers.

High wind alerts have been in force for Oregon and California, where wind gusts may reach up to 113 km/h (70 mph).

The storm is set to reach the San Francisco Bay Area late Friday evening, bringing heavy rain to the north of the city. Up to 76 mm (3 inches) of rain may fall from Northern California to Washington, while up to 0.3 m (1 foot) of snow may fall in the Cascades.

Featured image credit: Steamboat Springs

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