Over 60 million people across the United States were under winter weather alerts on Thursday, January 18th, as dangerously cold temperatures and icy conditions continued posing risks to residents.
While the day's frigid temps won't be as extreme as recent days for much of the country, snow and ice still present challenges to the millions venturing outside.
In Chicago, residents could face up to 4 inches of snow accumulation spanning from Thursday afternoon into the Friday morning rush hour. Freezing rain in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, could also lead to extremely hazardous driving conditions.
Much of the mid-Atlantic region may see light to moderate snowfall starting Thursday and continuing into Saturday, with Philadelphia potentially getting 5 inches, New York City receiving around 4 inches, and Boston tallying 2 inches by the weekend's end.
The unrelenting lake-effect snow in Buffalo, New York, could add another 10 inches on Thursday and 4 more inches on Friday atop the piles already blanketing the area.
The persistent wintry weather shows no signs of abating soon, meaning precautions will remain necessary across many states. Officials urge citizens to avoid unnecessary risks outdoors and take steps to prevent weather-related damage where possible.
Monitoring conditions by keeping up with weather report alerts and visually assessing the outdoor situation provides insight into developing hazards, prompting precautionary actions.
With temperatures staying frigid across huge swaths of America, the winter weather dangers will likely increase over the coming days rather than fizzle out quickly. Residents should use any temporary reprieves between storms to address safety needs in anticipation of the next fronts.