A state of emergency has been declared in many states due to the snowstorm affecting the Midwest, South and East regions and continuing across the country.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued weather warnings, emphasizing that heavy snowfall is expected in a region covering 70 million people from Oregon in the west to Maine in the east, with lows as low as minus 40 degrees in parts of the country.

Jose Tirado, Executive Director of the City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said the cold weather will be effective this afternoon and will continue into next week.

It was emphasized that sub-zero temperatures will be seen in the storms expected from early Sunday until Wednesday.

Authorities announced that two people lost their lives in the states of Idaho and Minnesota as a result of the snowstorm.


Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry announced a state of emergency in the state due to snowstorms and low temperatures that will be effective until next week.

"We encourage everyone to prepare for these conditions and heed the advice of local authorities. Road crews are standing by to keep our roads open."

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she was mobilizing the National Guard ahead of the snowstorm that will hit New York state and will declare a state of emergency for western New York.

Chicago Airport O'Hare said it canceled 850 flights due to the storms.


In a statement made by the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office in the state of Idaho, it was stated that 1 of the 3 skiers trapped under an avalanche in the storm died.

The man has been identified as Corey J. Zalewski. In Minnesota, the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office said an 80-year-old man was killed when the ice broke while he was driving his truck across a frozen lake.