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East Coast Braces for Winter Storm

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Approximately 50 million Americans braced for heavy snow fall associated with a wave of severe weather that wreaked havoc in the eastern and southeastern United States. Several governors including Roy Cooper from North Carolina and Henry McMaster from South Carolina issued state of emergency proclamations in anticipation of more damage.

The storm has forced states unaccustomed to winter weather like Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi to contend with snow and ice.  The National Weather Service (NWS) was predicting more winter weather this week for the region.

How did Ohio DOT respond to heavy snowfall?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.


News Articles:

Winter storm moves north: Fast snowfall shocks forecasters as flights canceled, power outages continue

USA Today



Winter storm whipping northeast US with snow, thunderstorms

Associated Press



Winter Storm Pushes North After Bringing Snow to the South

New York Times



A powerful, messy winter storm charging up East Coast leaves 200,000 without power

Washington Post



News Articles (Analyses):

Winter storm hits eastern US




Winter storm hits metro Atlanta, North Georgia

Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Icy roads among lingering threats across Charlotte area

Charlotte Observer



Winter Storm Pushes Into the Northeast as the South Digs Out

New York Times




Writing: Explain the impact that the winter storm might have on the supply chain crisis and inflation. Why has unpredictable weather contributed to those crises?  

Debate: Does media coverage of a natural disaster improve the response?  

Poll: Are you concerned about worsening weather events where you live?  

Short Answer: Describe how government response to a winter storm is affected by the COVID-19 Omicron variant?


Approximately how many people were affected by weather alerts due to the winter storm?

a. 83,680

b. 430,080

c. 100,800,670

d. 50,000,000

What state did the winter storm cause tornadoes?

a. Florida

b. New York

c. Ohio

d. Pennsylvania

How have some governors responded to the winter storm?

a. ordering evacuations

b. blaming federal agencies

c. activating the state National Guard

d. advising the public to resume life as normal

The powerful winds from the winter storm approached 200 miles per hour. (T/F)

The National Weather Service (NWS) is a government agency charged with monitoring weather in the United States. (T/F)

The winter storms continued a pattern of increasingly severe weather events in the United States. (T/F)

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