About 22 people have been hospitalized after a bus transporting more than 30 people crashed in Utah as a multi-day storm rips through the US as weather experts warn of tornados and blizzards.
The bus was traveling on the I-84 around Tremonton on Monday around 4am – about 73 miles north of Salt Lake City – when the driver lost control and it rolled off to its side.
Photos of the scene showed the empty bus sideways on a snow bed of about four to eight inches after the passengers were transferred to nearby hospitals. Two people were in critical condition.
The storm’s pathway started in the Sierra Nevada where about 48 inches had fallen. A train was seen plowing throw several feet of snow on Monday.
About 22 people have been hospitalized after a bus driver transporting 30 people lost control and crashed in Tremonton, Utah on Monday morning
Photos of the accident, which left two people in critical condition, showed the empty bus sideways while on top of a snow bed off of the I-84
The bus was seen on its side with the emergency exits wide open
The storm’s pathway started in the Sierra Nevada where about 48 inches had fallen. A train was seen plowing through the snow on Monday
The train was seen with gear attached to the front to move the snow aside
An aerial shot of the train showed the progress being made s the train continued
Pictures from Utah showed the snow build up as cars were nearly completely covered
Commuters heading on the road in Utah took off from their homes with their cars covered in snow
The storm’s pathway started in the Sierra Nevada where about 48 inches had fallen. One Twitter user in California’s Sierra Nevada took a photo that showed several feet of snow
Forecasters warn about blizzards and ice storms moving across the US
Snow fall in the Western US as of 1pm EST on Monday
The crash comes as a winter blaze is making its way through 14 states from California to Mississippi are on winter weather alerts as fears of blizzards, avalanches and tornados linger. The map above shows the predicted snow fall today
With California taking the first hit, about 5 feet of snow was found in the Lake Tahoe area, according to The Weather Channel.
Warnings and watches remain in Southern California as heavy rain caused localized flooding in greater Los Angeles and is expected to linger into Monday.
The flooding in the sunny state led to firefighters rescuing a man who got trapped in the Santa Ana River in Garden Grove, California on Sunday.
Footage of the rescue showed the man being pulled up from the river and onto the bridge while in a harness.
The man was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The storm is now continuing to move east as 15 million people from the pacific west to Minnesota are under winter weather alert.
The flooding in the sunny state led to firefighters rescuing a man who got trapped in the Santa Ana River in Garden Grove
He was trapped by flooding waters before firefighters quickly swopped him out
The man was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries
Portions of the Rocky Mountain, including Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska will continue to see snow throughout Monday with some areas experiencing heavy snow and wind leading into Tuesday.
Forecasters predict that the storm will head east into the end of the week as it is expected to evolve ‘into a possible blizzard’ in the coming days.
Northeast Colorado, eastern Wyoming, western Nebraska, southeast Montana and western South Dakota have all received blizzard watch warnings as the storm extends from the pacific west into the upper Midwest.
‘Heavy snow will bring major impacts to many areas across the country,’ the weather service warned. ‘Travel could become impossible.’
The National Weather Service also warned the storm to sweep across the nation from Colorado to Minnesota bringing driving snow, high winds and freezing rain.
‘We are increasingly confident that we will be dealing a pretty significant Northern plains blizzard,’ Weather Prediction Center specialist Greg Carbin told The New York TImes.
Meanwhile, high-alert avalanche warnings have been issued in Utah through Tuesday evening in the areas of the Provo, Logan and Salt Lake mountains.
High-danger warnings have also been issued in portions of Idaho, including the Soldier and Wood River Valley area, the Galena Summit and Eastern Mountains and the Sawtooth and Western Smokey Mountains.
‘Very dangerous avalanche conditions exist, from the valley floor to the mountaintops,’ the warning reads. ‘Slides will be easy to trigger and will be large enough to impact the floors of major drainages. Large natural avalanches are likely.’
Other moderate avalanche warnings have also been issued in Colorado, California, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington and Montana, according to Avalanche.org.
About 15 million people from the pacific west to Minnesota are under winter weather alert as the storm makes its way east
Heavy snow fell in the Sierra Nevada this weekend as a winter storm packed powerful winds
Maintenance workers are pictured hard at work clearing snow from lanes in the middle of the night in the Sierra Nevada
As the snow moves more east, snow is expected to spread into Wisconsin and northern Michigan on Tuesday leading into Wednesday.
Then, leading into Thursday, about a foot of snow and gusty winds are predicted to hit eastern Montana and Wyoming before slowly moving into North and South Dakota.
The storm will slowly fade into the East by Friday with snow and rain predicted from Illinois to New York.
As for the mid-west, a multi-day storm is in the forecast with fears of tornadoes and thunderstorms lingering.
Portions of Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma are expected to be hit with gusty winds, hail and tornadoes from Monday afternoon leading into Tuesday morning,’ according the Bill Bunting, a specialist at the Storm Prediction Center.
‘Most fall and winter severe weather events typically have several features in common, including a low-pressure system near or north of the area of concern, a southerly flow of increasingly moist air from the Gulf of Mexico moving northward prior to the event and a cold front moving east towards the area,’ Bunting said, according to the New York Times.
Forecasters say that severe thunderstorms are underway and can be damaging, including in Louisiana.
The storm will then head more south on Wednesday through New Orleans, Louisiana and Tallahassee, Florida. But forecasters predict the weather will be less severe with heavy rain and the possibility of tornados.
‘A couple of strong tornadoes will be possible,’ Storm Prediction Center forecasters said.
Areas in the Lower Mississippi River Valley will also see up to four inches of rain by Wednesday.
Tuesday into Wednesday snow may spread into parts of Wisconsin and northern Michigan
Then, leading into Thursday, about a foot of snow and gusty winds are predicted to hit eastern Montana and Wyoming before slowly moving into North and South Dakota
Heavy snow fell in the Sierra Nevada as a winter storm packing powerful winds sent ski lift chairs swinging. Pictured, Heavenly Ski resort which saw the chairs blowing in the wind
Snowmobiles appeared to sink into the freshly fallen snow high up in the Sierra Nevadas
Snow in the Sierra Mountains, California showed snow resting on power lines
Southern California was the first to get hit with heavy rain as the storm progressed.
More than 7 inches of rain fell portions of the Golden State with the mountain ranges getting about five feet of snow.
The state’s first winter storm delayed more than 6,000 flights on Sunday, and canceled or delayed 1,300 on Monday morning, according to US Today.
The National Weather Service used colorful language describing the storm as an atmospheric ‘bowling ball’ with large swaths of California expected to be affected.
The North East has already been hit by snow with dozens of flights out of Boston’s Logan airport canceled and airline passengers forced to sleep in cots in the terminals because all hotels in the area are booked.
Passengers, some who had been stuck at the airport for over 12 hours, said all hotels were booked and flight crews put out cots on the airport floor,