On Friday, torrential rains caused floods in portions of the Northwestern (NASDAQ:) United States, while a winter storm dumped more than a half-foot (15 cm) of snow in the eastern parts of the country, closing schools, workplaces, and major roads.
According to the National Weather Service, flood and gale warnings are in effect for several coastal locations in the Pacific Northwest, while winter storm advisories are still in effect for eastern parts of Maine.
“The last storm system will pass across the Northwest today, bringing heavy coastal rain and severe mountain snow,” the forecast warned.
A number of important roadways in Washington state were on alert, with “hazardous water conditions” blocking a number of sections, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Images and videos uploaded on social media and by local news sites showed several properties, highways, and fields submerged in water.
According to Flightaware.com, about 2,600 flights to, from, and within the United States were cancelled on Friday, with COVID-19 hitting airlines as well.
According to data from poweroutage.us, more than 50,000 customers on the west coast are currently without power, with Virginia being the worst-affected state in the east.
Earlier in the week, a storm in the east dumped 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) of snow in Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, with coastal New England is the most impacted, with some towns receiving more than a foot (30 cm) of snow on Thursday and Friday.
Due to the snow and extreme weather, federal government buildings in Washington were closed, while scores of school districts across the eastern half of the country cancelled classes.
The hurricane was the second to hit the eastern United States this week. On Monday, up to a foot (30 cm) of snow fell across the region, stranding hundreds of passengers for up to 27 hours when a roughly 50-mile (80-km) stretch of Interstate 95 in northern Virginia became inaccessible.