Some parts of the United States have been experiencing a dream come true, a white Christmas, for the first time in a long time.
The dream, however, has also become a weather concern for some states in the country.
Blizzard And A Bitter Cold
A severe snowstorm has swept into parts of the New England region and a bitter cold has covered most of the Midwest.
Weather forecasters issued a blizzard warning on Monday for some parts of New Hampshire and Maine. They said that 10 inches of snow and about 50 mph of wind gusts could make it very difficult or even dangerous for people to travel. Also, the snowstorm has already caused some power outages in Massachusetts, leaving over 20,000 people without electricity.
New England was expected to see up to 8 inches of snow while Massachusetts, Connecticut, and, Rhode Island were expected to see strong wind gusts of up to 65 mph.
In the Midwest, the National Weather Service said that some states can expect wind chills temperatures to reach nearly 40 degrees below zero.
People living in the state of Ohio have experienced their first white Christmas in eight years. Three to 5 inches of snow have been reported in eastern Greene County and most of Columbia County.
According to the National Weather Service, around eight inches of snow was dropped on western Greene County and northern Columbia County.
In Minnesota, many people woke up on Monday morning to one of the coldest Christmases in more than two decades, with wind chills temperatures reaching as low as 20 to 35 degrees below zero.
The federal agency warned that people could get frostbite in just 15 minutes if their skin gets exposed to these weather conditions. They are also advising people to dress in layers and not wear wet clothing if they are planning to be outdoors.
In Chicago, on the other hand, the O'Hare International Airport reported only six flight cancellations and an average flight delay of about 15 minutes around in the afternoon. Chicago saw just over 2 inches of snow this white Christmas.
White Christmas In The Northwest
The Northwest of the United States has also experienced a white Christmas for the first time in a long time. Seattle saw its first white Christmas since 2008, with around 2.2 inches of snow being reported. This recent snowfall is considered to be the third white Christmas in Seattle in the last 100 years.