‘Intense’ US blizzard blows Iowa caucus campaigning off course


Flights carrying thousands of reporters and political observers to Iowa were cancelled or rerouted to neighbouring states, also facing fallout from the massive storm.

More than 2,000 flights were cancelled across the country, including more than 400 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, according to flightaware.com.

By Friday evening, the lights were back on for most customers in Illinois, where local media reported that more 100,000 had lost power earlier in the day as wind and snow pummeled the state.

Further west, the NWS said Montana and the Dakotas could see temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit.

“These extreme apparent temperatures will pose a risk of frostbite on exposed skin and hypothermia,” the agency warned.

The winter weather was also threatening key football games over the weekend, as the NFL enters its post-season.

While Missouri’s Kansas City Chiefs are more accustomed to the cold predicted for Saturday’s game, the opposing Miami Dolphins are used to the balmy weather of Florida.

The western US was also expected to get hit with snow, as a storm system collides with freezing Arctic air.

Forecasters said there could be considerable accumulation over parts of Oregon, Idaho and Utah, while sleet and freezing rain were expected on Friday and Saturday in the South and Northeast.

The storms come on the heels of severe cold weather that slammed much of the United States earlier in the week, causing several deaths and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

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