This winter has been rough for much of the country. From California’s record rainfall to Texas’ power outage, the U.S.’s infrastructure and patience have been tested this season. And, with another winter storm coming in, it looks like it’s only going to get worse. The storm began by touching down in the Midwest, causing a string of accidents in North Dakota on Monday.
The worst accident happened just south of Grand Forks on Interstate 29. A sedan drifted across the center divider on the highway and struck an oncoming semi-truck. Both vehicles careened into a nearby ditch. The sedan’s passenger, a 26-year-old woman, died in the accident. Its driver survived with minor injuries, while the semi-truck driver and his passenger were fine.
Authorities estimate that at least 21 vehicles were a part of the Monday melee. Poor visibility and strong winds caused drivers to struggle to keep control of their vehicles throughout the state. And weather officials worry that it’s only going to spread.
Winter Storm Threatens Almost the Whole Country
Much of the U.S. is looking at a looming cold snap this week. Mostly concentrated in the northwest, the snap will drop temperatures well below the annual averages for this time of year. It will also bring rain and snow throughout states like Montana, Idaho, and Utah.
However, this particular storm has an interesting element to it: a perfect counterpoint. While the northwestern U.S. will experience record lows, much of the South will experience record highs this week. This confusing mirror image will leave much of the country feeling uncomfortable in the week ahead.
If you live in any part of the country that this storm will affect (which is, of course, most of the country), then make sure you’re ready for the weather in your area. Stocking up on water and non-perishables is always a good idea in times like these. On top of that, when you’re driving, it’s important to make sure you’re driving cautiously. As North Dakota shows, the weather can create dangerous driving conditions.