Blizzard conditions hit Midwest as powerful winter storm threatens East Coast, U.S. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Blizzard conditions hit Midwest as powerful winter storm threatens East Coast, U.S.

A powerful winter storm brought blizzard conditions to the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, and is set to threaten much of the East Coast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25. Heavy rains and the existing melting snow from last week's storm pose a flooding risk to mid-Atlantic and New England, while severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in the eastern Carolinas and southeast Virginia, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Blizzard warnings were in force across much of the Upper Midwest on Wednesday night, with winds over 105 km/h (65 mph) reported in parts of the Dakotas, impacting holiday travelers as road conditions were rough in some areas.

Winter storm warnings were also in place for Minnesota's Twin Cities, with near white-out conditions expected.

Hundreds of car crashes were reported, as well as stalled and spun-out vehicles, from Wednesday afternoon to evening, according to Sargeant Jesse Grabow, spokesman for Northwestern, West Central, and Central Minnesota State Patrol.

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