500 crashes, schools closed and MORE to come: ‘Omega Block’ storm smothers Midwest in snow as big freeze is set to leave Texas colder than ALASKA

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

As much as 16.5 inches of snow has fallen in Minnesota thanks to arctic air
Wisconsin, Michigan, Dakotas and Montana also hit by wintry storms
Dozens of schools in the affected states closed, with more opening late
State Patrols have reported more than 500 road crashes since Monday
Unusual weather caused by superstorm off Alaska bending the jet stream
Remnants of Typhoon Nuri has warped air flows, sending cold across U.S.
Winds swept south, chilling Texas, Missouri, Colorado by some 50 degrees
System also sucked warm to Alaska, which will be unseasonably warm

By Kieran Corcoran
11 November 2014

The first major snowstorms of winter have dumped more than a foot of snow across parts of the Midwest, freezing hundreds of students out of their school classes and causing chaos on the roads.

More than 500 crashes were reported Monday, as the worst-hit parts of states including Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas were coated with up to 16 inches of snow.

It came as cold winds swept south over Colorado and Texas, sending temperatures plummeting by as much as 50 degrees in a few hours.

The cold weather is part of a phenomenon known as the Omega Block, in which unusual weather patterns warp the jet stream and drag hot and cold air thousands of miles from where they would usually be.

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