So-called "big weather" events in the central U.S. all have their roots in the area's geography.
The storm will affect communities across several regions that are still struggling to recover from March's bomb cyclone.
Following a bomb cyclone that dumped rain and melted snow across the Midwest, many sates, including Iowa, have experienced flooding.
Americans in the storm's path can expect major travel disruptions, potential power outages, and risks to livestock.
Visitors to the One World Observatory look out at a snow covered Manhattan on January 8th, 2018, in New York City.