vehicles covered in snow

The same winter storm that ravaged the lake area dealt a major blow to dozens of states across the nation. reports that the storm began its havoc by unleashing snow and hail outside Los Angeles, California, just after the area saw a high of 86 degrees.

States spanning from Texas up to Maine saw high wind advisories, spanning a distance of over 1,900 miles. 

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center recorded four preliminary tornado reports across southern states, as well as marble-sized hail. Several States reported tens-of-thousands of homes without power, with most of the outages confined to the East Coast. 

Missouri was largely spared by comparison, but still saw snowfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour in Kansas City, for a total of 7 inches on Thursday.