A Massive Winter Storm Will Hit The United States This Week

Matt Lillywhite

A giant storm system is expected to hit Colorado, Utah, Iowa, and several other states this week, according to the National Weather Service. It's expected to pass through the Rockies and Great Lakes, bringing several inches of snow to many regions.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, 4-6 inches of snow is expected (as you can see from the graphic below). The storm will bring snow and hazardous driving conditions to the state, per the National Weather Service. However, the highest snowfall rates are expected in the afternoon and evening in central and southern Utah.

In Colorado, 1-2 inches of snow is expected in Denver as a result of this storm system. Six to eight inches of snow is expected in Aspen and the surrounding region. It's also worth mentioning that eight to twelve inches of snow are forecast around Steamboat Springs in the northern half of the state.

Sioux City is expected to be impacted by this storm system, according to the National Weather Service. It's also worth noting that the winter storm will hit regions of Nebraska and South Dakota. So, it's worth checking your local weather forecast to see if you need to prepare for heavy snow and hazardous driving conditions.

If you're over the age of 65, the CDC suggests keeping an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor place where you will see it regularly. With aging, our capacity to detect temperature changes declines and cold-related health concerns become more common. Therefore, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your home's temperature and grab more blankets to stay warm if necessary.

When a person is exposed to exceptionally cold temperatures, hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) is a problem that can develop. Shivering, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech, and sleepiness are all symptoms of hypothermia in adults. Bright red, cold skin, and low energy levels are indications of hypothermia in babies. Take the person's temperature if you detect any of these symptoms. If their temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, the situation is an emergency, and you should seek medical assistance immediately.

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