The CNN Weather Brief – Winter Weather Forecast across the Eastern U.S. and Possible High Wind Wind Winds across the Mid-Atlantic Region
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People living in the east can easily be forgiven if they wonder if winter is over as early blooms emerge. The warm temperatures were expected to occur across the central and eastern U.S.
The National Weather Service office in Burlington is expecting the first real fall-like system of the season with gusty to strong winds and a period of moderate to heavy rain before a cold front moves through.
The forecasters at the National Weather Service said the heavy snow will continue across New York and New England through Saturday. Over five million people are under winter weather alert from New York to Maine on Saturday morning.
Over the next five days, rainfall across much of the West is forecast to be between 2-4 inches with isolated pockets up to 6 inches. There is a chance of isolated areas seeing higher than the 3-6 inch rain that is expected along the coast.
The weather agency said there are more freezing rain expected Tuesday and Wednesday with worsening travel impacts.
The Mississippi River Valley is in need of much needed relief, with the storm expected to track across the region Wednesday, bringing much needed relief.
If winds are at least 35 mph and visibility is less than one quarter of a mile for at least three hours, it could result in a full-blown blizzard across the region.
The NWS said as much as two feet of snow was expected to fall in higher regions on Wednesday. That means lower elevations across California could see a winter mix, hail or heavy rain, a cause of anxiety for a state that’s seen several rounds of deadly floods.
Potentially higher gusts are forecast for coastal areas, with gusts of up to 40 mph in the valleys, 50 mph for coastal areas, and potentially even higher gusts for exposed coastal headlands, mountaintops and ridges.
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The states from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest got more than a foot of snow this week.
And while the forecast shows there will be periods of reprieve over the next two days, roads will likely remain dangerously slick throughout the storm as temperatures remain low.
Matthew said that in the winter tornadoes are more likely across parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley, which has a secondary peak in the fall.
The lower Mississippi Valley will be the most susceptible to flash flooding from Tuesday to Wednesday.
“The details regarding the areas most at risk from tornadoes will become clearer as the event approaches and smaller-scale trends become more evident,” Elliott said.
60 inches of snow fell in 48 hours in the northern part of the state due to a storm that blanketed the mountain areas.
The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range was put under winter storm warnings overnight where snow could accumulate in the high altitude before 4 a.m.
The National Weather Service said that the passes will need to be closed for a time because of the amount of snow.
The forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Reno said the snowpack was more than twice what they would have expected in December.
It looks like Christmas out here. “It didn’t come with a lot of wind, and it stuck to everything. It is similar to a picture postcard.
The snow totals so far are impressive and he is cautiously optimistic that this precipitation will help the state out of its current dry spell.
The Olympic Valley, California, Ski Resort had 7.5 Foot Snow in 24 Hours: More than 35 inches of snow in the First 24 hours after the Loss
The ski resort posted photos on its website of thick snow covering the ski resort in Olympic Valley, California.
This is definitely a storm that will be remembered. We have now received 7.5 feet of snow. Plus, in just 24 hours from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, we received more than 35 inches of snow — the 6th largest snowfall total in 24 hours that we have on record,” resort operators wrote.
The National Weather Service office in Rapid City believes that travel through the area will be very challenging over the next couple of days.
More than 65 million people in 29 states are under winter weather advisories that warn of a mixture of ice, sleet, and bitterly cold weather that will make travel torturous and cause power to go out.
A statement from the office of the mayor of Anchorage said that the last week’s snowstorms brought as much as 30 inches of snow to the city.
The areas have seen a great relief to their dry conditions in the past week. The percentage of the state that was under drought went from 100% to 42% this week.
The Oklahoma Town of Farmerville, N.C., Was Damaged by a Boundary-Scale Tornado Tuesday
Meanwhile, damage was reported in the Oklahoma town of Wayne after the weather service warned of a “confirmed tornado” shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. A home in Wayne, Oklahoma, has been damaged in a video by Oklahoma TV station KOCO.
The town of Farmerville in northern Louisiana was damaged by a tornado with an estimated maximum speed of 140 mph, according to the National Weather Service. At least 20 people were injured, and part of an apartment complex and a mobile home park were destroyed by a tornado.
There were at least five tornadoes confirmed across North Texas by Tuesday afternoon, but the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas, reported there could have been more.
“There’s essentially no one traveling right now,” said Justin McCallum, a manager at the Flying J truck stop at Ogallala, Nebraska. He said he got to work before the roads were closed, but likely won’t be able to get back home Tuesday. The first poles are outside, but I don’t see the rest of the lot. I’ll probably just get a motel room here tonight.”
The South Dakota Department of Public Safety tweeted Monday: “This is a ‘we are not kidding’ kind of storm.” People were told to stay home and stock up on essentials.
While this system is moving across the country it will be a busy week for the National Weather Service.
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In northern Utah, a tour bus crashed Monday morning as snow and frigid temperatures blanketed the region. The bus flipped on its side in Tremonton when the driver lost control while changing lanes, according to the Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol said 23 passengers were injured, including some seriously.
For those traveling by air, the prospects weren’t much better: By late afternoon Thursday, more than 2,100 flights had been canceled across the U.S., and 6,000 more were delayed, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.
A young boy was found dead in a wooded area of Pecan Farms where his home was destroyed Tuesday after a tornado hit Four Forts, Louisiana, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Shreveport, Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator said in a statement.
A possible tornado blew the roof off the city’s service center — a municipal facility — and left pieces of the roof hanging from powerlines, said Trent Kelley, deputy director of Grapevine Parks and Recreation.
Photos sent by the city showed the damage caused by the storm, including downed power lines and a semitrailer tossed around a parking lot.
In Colorado, all roads were closed in the northeast quadrant of the state. The severe weather in the ranching region could also threaten livestock. Jim Santomaso is a northeast representative for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
While there are breaks in the active weather during the event, roads will remain slick throughout as temperatures stay cold.
After a nor’easter dropped more than a foot of snow across many parts of interior New England, more is on its way Saturday as officials warn of dangerous travel conditions the weekend before Christmas.
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, made a decision to warn people of the hazardous road conditions that are caused by the storm.
“We urge everyone in the impacted regions to avoid unnecessary travel tonight and tomorrow,” Hochul said in a Thursday statement. Make sure you stay off the roads and work from home if you can.
In anticipation of the travel nightmares that will befall them, many airlines have issued travel waivers for airports around the country because of snow covered roads and low visibility, which could make air travel dangerous.
Over the past week, the prolonged winter storm has enveloped a large swath of the US with dangerously low temperatures and wind chills, also bringing with it widespread power outages and thousands of canceled flights.
Additionally, strong winds may knock out power lines in the Midwest, especially in areas where heavy snow fell last week and is already weighing down tree branches. Millions will be left looking for a way to stay warm as temperatures plummet.
And in parts of the Mid-Atlantic, the storm brought a quarter inch of ice was reported Thursday morning to the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Maryland, and about a tenth of an inch had built up in parts of Virginia.
In northern California, where strong winds destroyed power lines, more than 147,000 homes and businesses lost power, according to the tracker site Poweroutage.
Meanwhile in Louisiana, Yoshiko A. Smith, 30, and her 8-year-old son, Nikolus Little, were killed Tuesday when a tornado struck Caddo Parish and destroyed their home, local officials said.
The Snow Storms of February 28-31st Left the North East, and Winter Weather Forecasts for the Great Lakes in the South, Georgia, and New York
The powerful system that brought blizzard and winter weather alerts continues to move away from the Northeast, yet many cities and towns remain covered with thick snow. Baraga, Michigan, received 40.8 inches of snow over a 24 hour period, while Watertown, New York, received 34.2 inches.
There were 1.5 million homes and businesses without power Friday morning. States hit the worst include North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
State police in Vermont said officers responded to a multitude of car crashes Friday and advised drivers to slow down. The roads were closed due to the storm impact.
In the course of 36 hours, more than 23 inches of snow were dumped in the Vermont town of Wilmington and more than 19 inches in Landgrove and Ludlow, the weather service said.
Western New York is drowning in thick “lake effect” snow – which forms when cold air moves over the warm waters of the Great Lakes – just one month after the region was slammed with a historic snowstorm.
The city of western New York got almost 55 inches of snow this month. The last time Buffalo received this amount of snow in a single month was back in 2001, when 88.7 inches of snow fell.
“Snow showers are gradually coming to an end across the region with only light scattered snow showers expected through Saturday morning,” the weather service said.
It is a fact that the US could be below freezing on Christmas Eve. Hawaii’s volcanic summits can be that cold. The storm spans over a million square miles and could affect more than 200 million people, according to John Moore of the NWS. Fifty-five million of them are likely to be exposed to the cold.
Wind chill warnings are in place for much of Montana, the Dakotas, and portions of Minnesota and Nebraska.
The conditions in parts of the South were not seen in a quarter century. It was the first time in sixteen years that the temperature fell below zero in Nashville.
Even if the snow stops, there are still high winds that can pick up snow on the ground and cause low visibility.
Power outages will also be a concern for the Windy City as winds could gust as high as 50 mph on Friday. The storm will be made worse by the wind chill that will drop to at least 20 degrees below zero.
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“We typically get Arctic air masses that move down to the continental United States from Canada during the winter, but this one is unprecedented,” says Moore. It gets closer to the south than cold air mass typically get.
Travel will become difficult or impossible during this time with the weather service saying that snow is expected. “This event could be life-threatening if you are stranded with wind chills in the 30 below to 45 below zero range.”
Storms get more intense when pressure drops like this. The normal air pressure is around 1,013 millibars at sea level. Between Thursday and Friday night, the system pressure could fall from 1,003 to 968 millibars, a drop that would catapult the storm into a process of “bombogenesis,” according to the NOAA.
It’s a big problem for those areas that are now seeing snow if there is a lot of deep rain on I-95. “You can see some runoff melting, maybe even some flooding.”
Millions of Americans are hoping for a white Christmas due to this major storm. Some areas were already a given, considering there was snow already on the ground and the cold temperatures keeping it there.
The DC area has a 10% chance of having at least one inch of snow on Christmas Day. If the pattern comes together the way I want it to, I would be willing to increase that chance to 30%, and it could go up pretty much any time in the next few days.
The storm pattern is all over the country. There is currently a winter, wind chill, freeze, coastal, or wind alert in 44 of the lower forty-eight states.
Wind chill advisories are in place for Sioux, South Dakota, and Fargo, North Dakota, Tuesday, when the dangers of frostbite are settling in. The wind chill will be as low as 40 degrees below zero.
Snowfall has already begun in Seattle, which is under a winter storm warning Tuesday. The storm will move east into portions of Idaho Tuesday morning and then spread out across northern and central Montana later in the afternoon.
Thursday will also bring a swath of icy weather for some big cities, including Chicago. Figuring out where it will occur is not easy for parts of the Ohio Valley. If you live in these areas, you should be aware of the forecast for the freezing rain and sleet that could cause power failures.
However, water pipes will be at risk of bursting, the weather service said. A wind chill watch for Amarillo, Texas, is in effect from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon.
The weather service in Fort Worth said that outdoor pipes will be at risk because of the cold and windy weather. Make sure you cover the pipes and let the water come in.
The NWS has a bulletin saying a strong high pressure system swept down from Canada Tuesday and is going to march towards theSoutheast on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Planes are out of service across the US due to a busy holiday season.
Those venturing outside should dress in layers, cover their skin and change into dry clothing as soon as possible. But, experts say, the best prevention by far is simply to stay indoors.
Denver is warning about the “life-threatening” cold. The city went from a temperature of 42 degrees with a wind chill of 32 at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday to a temperature of -9 and a wind chill of -30 at 8:30 p.m. – a 60 degree drop in temperature with respect to wind chill.
There’s a chance of snow falling in Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee on Thursday. Nashville could get about an inch of snow if there is any at all.
The storm will reach the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane when it reaches the Great Lakes, according to the weather service.
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This case is one in which the snow totals can’t tell the whole story. Even small snow amounts, when combined with very strong wind gusts and plummeting temperatures, can cause poor visibility and slick spots on roads. The weather service said that the sudden appearance of these conditions can increase the danger.
Georgia Gov. Kemp declared a state of emergency because he said the temperatures are going to be a decade or more away from normal.
The declaration will help “ensure that essential supplies, especially propane can be delivered for both commercial and residential needs,” the governor told reporters.
Kentucky’s Gov. Beshear also declared a state of emergency because of the predicted wind gusts, which will reach up to 50 mph on Friday and below zero wind chills on Saturday. Beshear asked residents to stay off roads and to have a backup heat source.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear also declared states of emergency Wednesday, and Maryland activated emergency response operations ahead of the winter storm.
Nearly zero visibility on the roads led to many highway closures between Colorado and Wyoming Wednesday and they Wyoming Highway Patrol said it responded to nearly 800 calls for service in a 12-hour period, telling motorists to stay off the roads.
In South Dakota, more than 100 vehicles were stranded on snow-covered roadways under low visibility conditions Wednesday night, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said.
More than 3,800 flights within, into, or out of the U.S. were canceled on Friday. That’s well past Thursday’s total of 2,685.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there were delays for almost three hours on Thursday at the O’Hare International Airport due to snow and ice.
The temperature dropped to 9 degrees Fahrenheit around 5:24 pm local time. There was snow and fog at the National Weather Service.
The FAA told us departing aircraft at Dallas Love, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver and Minneapolis airports need a spraying of de-icing fluid for safe travel.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected later today and Friday, which may disrupt flight activity at LaGuardiaAirport. Travelers, please confirm flight status with your airline before heading to the airport,” LaGuardia Airport posted on Twitter. John F. Kennedy and Newark Airport also posted similar notices.
The transportation security administration is telling passengers to arrive early at the airport if their flights are still on.
John Busch, Reagan National Airport’s TSA federal security director, told reporters that all airports “expect to be busier this holiday season than we’ve been in several years coming out of the pandemic. We’ve already seen some of our busiest days, yesterday and today and we expect maybe Friday 30th ahead of the New Year’s holiday can be also a very busy day.”
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Maria Iheakaba told CNN she was going to leave as soon as possible with her granddaughter.
The person who is from San Diego said she cut the trip short so she wouldn’t get caught in the weather.
“I was worried because San Diego, we don’t get these snowstorms,” she said. It shouldn’t be stuck in the airport for long periods of time.
Greyhound issued a service alert on Thursday warning customers that those traveling in the Midwest over the next two days may have their trips delayed or canceled altogether.
Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus service, listed more than a dozen cities from West Virginia to Minnesota that are among those impacted. They also include:
• Charleston, West Virginia• Chicago• Cleveland and Dallas are in the same state. Denver and Detroit are in Illinois. Indianapolis• Kansas City• Minneapolis• St. Louis• Wichita, Kansas
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“Amtrak will waive additional charges for customers looking to change their reservation during the modified schedule by calling our reservation center at 1-800-USA-RAIL.”
“This is really a very serious weather alert here,” said President Biden, speaking to reporters Thursday morning in front of a national map of wind chill forecasts. This is not the same as a snow day as a kid. This is serious stuff.”
The cold front moved so quickly that it dropped the temperature across the Rockies at record rates. On Wednesday night in Cheyenne, Wyo., the temperature dropped more than 30 degrees in just nine minutes.
Meantime, Texas’ primary electricity provider, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, told CNN it will be able to meet residents’ demand as temperatures plummet.
“The grid is ready and reliable,” said Peter Lake, chairman of the state’s Public Utility Commission, in a Wednesday news conference. “We expect to have sufficient generation to meet demand throughout this entire winter weather event.”
City officials stressed that crews were working around the clock to keep flights moving at the city’s major airports, O’Hare and Midway, both of which serve as hubs for major airlines.
“These hard-working individuals will have at their disposal more than 350 pieces of snow removal equipment, more than 400,000 gallons of liquid deicer for runways and taxiways, and more than 5,000 tons of salt,” said Andrew Velasquez, the city’s deputy aviation commissioner.
Winter Weather in Oklahoma City, where the City’s Snowmobiles and Cars Throats Travel Close to Closed Highways and Stationary Spaces
In neighboring Oklahoma, residents in Oklahoma City are under a winter weather advisory through Wednesday afternoon, with the expectation of seeing up to two tenths of an inch of ice.
Several area shelters had added beds this week; still, many reported being at or near capacity. Instead, some people sought shelter on the city’s streetcar, which was operating Thursday after crews had worked from 4 a.m. to clear the route and platforms.
The library is closed. So it’s only this or the bus, or you go into a parking garage, but you’ll probably get kicked out,” said Pete, who said he did not have a permanent place to live and declined to give his last name to KCUR. “There’s not much you can do.”
Lisa Carter, the owner of a snowmobile rental business in West Yaph, said, “We are very hardy here.” We deal with cold all the time. We’re not doing anything extra because we’re used to it. We don’t go outside.
Hank was working to keep his cattle warm when the temperature was expected to go down to minus 13 degrees.
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There are additional reports by NPR in Chicago, Montana Public Radio in Butte, KCUR in Kansas City as well as Ivy Winfrey in Washington, D.C.
Hochul said that the state and county plows have been out there, nonstop, giving up time and putting themselves in danger to clear the roads.
Denver has three 24-hour warming centers for anyone who needs a warm place to stay. One of them, the Denver Coliseum, reached far past capacity Wednesday night, accommodating 359 people in a space meant for 225, the city of Denver said. All three centers will remain open through noon on Saturday.
The issue of homelessness amid freezing temperatures sparked online conversations about how to get more people off the streets in these dangerous conditions.
“As a public defender, one of the clearest indicators of societal failure was when I’d meet new clients who purposefully got arrested so they’d find some warmth on Rikers Island instead of freezing to death on the street,” Columbia University lecturer and longtime public defender Scott Hechinger wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
There were hundreds of miles of road closings and flight cancellation were growing rapidly, all of which were disrupting all modes of travel. In New York, flooding along the Long Island Rail Road forced part of the Long Beach branch to temporarily shut down.
“Christmas is canceled,” said Mick Saunders, a Buffalo, New York, resident who was two hours into blizzard conditions that are expected to last through Sunday morning. Everyone in the family and friends agreed it was safer this way.
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• Ohio: Eight people have died as a result of weather-related auto accidents, including four in a Saturday morning crash on Interstate 75, when a semi tractor-trailer crossed the median and collided with an SUV and a pickup, authorities said.
The Kansas City Police Department says that one person died after losing control of their vehicle on an icy road. Police said in a statement that the vehicle went down the embankment over the retaining wall and landed upside down in the creek.
“The National Weather Service’s Watch Warning graphic depicts one of the greatest extents of winter weather warnings and advisories ever,” the agency said Thursday.
“I called it a kitchen sink storm because it is throwing everything at us but the kitchen sink,” Hochul said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Mother nature could not have thrown a worse weekend for us, with ice, flooding, snow and freezing temperatures.
For Brian Trzeciak, the storm was “living up to the warnings” at his home in Hamburg, New York. Buffalo’s airport, just to the north, reported zero visibility shortly after noon on Friday.
He said that his mother and his sister and their family live about 30 minutes away. “We always get together for Christmas Eve and Christmas, but we’re all hunkering down in our houses until it all stops on Monday.”
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Some areas will see both extremes. Washington, D.C. will fall below freezing late Friday after a warm up to almost 80 degrees, according to the NWS. There will be strong winds in many places.
Nearly half of flights going into and out of the airport were canceled when the runways were closed because of the ice. All express services for Sound Transit were suspended on Friday because of the icy conditions.
At least six people were reportedly killed in vehicle crashes, with at least four dead in a massive pileup on the Ohio Turnpike involving about 50 vehicles.
Meanwhile, WPLN’s Paige Pfleger reported that plunging temperatures are putting pressure on a power grid not accustomed to this cold, and that the Tennessee Valley Authority has asked local utilities to cut their electricity use. There will be 10-minute power disruptions in Nashville for the next few hours.
Getting the power restored in weather like this is a significant challenge according to ScottAaronson, vice president of security and preparedness.
“Sometimes accessing these areas can be really challenging with downed power lines, with downed trees, with very icy roads. … The wind must be above 35 miles an hour for crews to go up in bucket trucks. “And so those combination of things will limit the ability of crews to get out there and get the power back on.”
In New Jersey, heavy rains and high winds downed power lines and sent floodwaters surging as high as 9 feet along the coast. Interior locations along the Hudson River also flooded.
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“That affects anyone who is on a connecting flight, we are going to see many people missing flights because of those long delay times,” he said.
After days of disruption as the storm swept across the country, Saturday will see delayed and canceled flights and trains, with reports of a so-called bomb cyclone near the Great Lakes.
On its service alert page, you can see impacted states and zip codes. In the past, it had warned that some delivery and pickup services may be affected.
FedEx said it had experienced “substantial disruptions” at two processing hubs, adding that “all FedEx Express locations have been impacted by severe winter weather and delays can be expected for package deliveries across the US with a delivery commitment through Monday, December 26.”
As of Friday, the USPS said it had temporarily shut down 89 post offices, and Amazon said it “temporarily closed” some of its sites in the impacted areas.
New York City saw record cold temperatures on Christmas Eve at several locations, including its JFK and LaGuardia airports. The temperature in Central Park on December 24 was 15 degrees, which was the second-coldest in at least 150 years.
Since the brutal weather’s arrival, multiple storm-related deaths have been reported across several states. In addition to the deaths in New York, the fatalities include:
Emergency Management of Erie County, Calif., during Christmas Eve Snow-Front Bragging and an Energy-Utilized Power Shutdown
A power grid operator for at least 13 states in the country’s eastern half asked customers to conserve power and set thermostats lower than usual from early Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday because usage was straining capacity.
PJM Interconnection serves about 65 million people in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Meanwhile, a shortage of electricity in Texas prompted the US Department of Energy to declare an emergency Friday, allowing the state’s energy provider to exceed environmental emissions standards until energy usage drops.
The cold weather is making it difficult for crews to repair a large water main break in Jackson, which has caused a loss of water pressure for residents.
“We are grateful to the crews who are braving these frigid temperatures on this Christmas Eve night, while working to restore pressure to residents. They sacrifice goes unrecognized and appreciated by this administration, but also by residents who are affected, according to the release.
Rescue people that are stuck in vehicles and to provide rides to medical workers was what the National Guard was called in to do, Poloncarz said.
Cars sliding on the roads and residents walking on the sidewalks have been documented in online videos in Seattle.
“I’ll be asking the federal government for a declaration of emergency that’ll allow us to seek reimbursements for the extraordinary expenses of all the overtime and the fact that we brought in mutual aid from other parts of the state,” Hochul said to reporters Saturday. We have deployed individuals but also utility crews who are here to make sure that we have all the cars we need.
“The rescue team was rescuing rescuers … it was so horrible,” Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said during a news conference Sunday. Many of New York’s weather-related fatalities were in Erie County, where some people were found dead in cars and on the street in snowbanks, he said.
“The loss of two lives in Buffalo – storm related – because people were not able to get to medical attention, is again a crisis situation that unfolds before your eyes and you realize that lifesaving ambulances and emergency medical personnel cannot get to people during a blizzard situation,” Hochul added.
Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, found a homeless man near a power transformer, and another in an alleyway, with both dead from the cold since Thursday.
Winter Snowfall and Emergency Vehicle Expenditure Warnings in Erie County, New York, as Lake-Effect Snows Continue
Lingering lake-effect snows blowing downwind from the Great Lakes will slowly become less intense, but the Arctic air enveloping much of the eastern half of the nation will be slow to moderate, according to the National Weather Service.
Lake-effect snows will continue to make for hazardous travel conditions for the next couple of days and conditions are expected to slowly improve over the week.
By Christmas night into Monday, another low pressure system coming from the Pacific will deliver the next surge of moisture toward the Pacific Northwest and then into northern California, according to the Weather Service.
As a massive winter storm continues to blast much of the US with brutal winter weather – leading to at least 37 deaths nationwide – parts of western New York have been buried by up to 43 inches of snow, leaving vehicles stuck and power out for thousands during the Christmas weekend.
As rescue crews and hundreds of plow drivers fanned out on Christmas Day, even emergency and recovery vehicles sent out to help have gotten stuck in the snow. The ambulances that were abandoned were dug out on Sunday.
Hochul is urging residents to stay off the roads in Erie County, where a driving ban is in place through Monday.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown During the White Outs of Supercold and a “Generational Storm,” saying PJM Interconnection would be able to refuel in the next 24 hours
“Think about looking just a few feet in front of you at a sheet of white for more than 24 hours in a row. That’s what it was like outside in the worst conditions,” he said. “It was continual blizzard and white outs such that no one could see where they were going. Nobody had any idea what was happening.”
It’s difficult to live in a house in the snow as there are so many abandoned cars along the streets of Buffalo.
Some residents have remained in their homes for the last 56 hours, some without power in the freezing cold, Hochul said during the press conference. This is not due to a lack of resources, the governor said, but rather a mobility and access challenge faced by utility companies.
Still, there were 12,000 homes and businesses in Erie County without power Sunday evening, and many won’t have lights and heating back until Tuesday, Poloncarz said.
The rest of the eastern part of the country will be in a deep freeze through Monday before a slight trend changes on Tuesday, according to forecasters.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told NPR’s Morning Edition that his city’s emergency responders have gone “car by car” to perform hundreds of rescues of stranded motorists.
“This has been called a generational storm — a once-in-a-generation storm,” Brown said. It’s not like anything the city of Buffalo is used to.
We will work together with National Grid all day today, to bring everyone’s power back up, because the number is now below 10,000.
Communities from coast to coast have lost power over the course of the week, but the worst of rolling blackouts appeared to have subsided. A mid-Atlantic grid operator, PJM interconnection, said Sunday that utilities could meet the day’s demand after it initially asked 65 million customers to conserve energy amid Saturday’s freeze.
The Northern Shore Weather Service says goodbye to the warm weather in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. High temperatures, flash flooding and heavy rain are forecast for Los Angeles
The NWS is still cautioning people about venturing outdoors, as high wind speeds and low temperatures can lead to frostbite in less than 10 minutes.
Near Watertown, Copenhagen, a village in New York’s Lewis County, was buried in snow. Even snowplows were having a hard time navigating the roads due to the difficult driving conditions.
The Michigan area set a daily maximum snowfall record with 10.9 inches of snow on Sunday. This beats the old record of 8 inches received back on December 25, 1992.
Strong winds in Portland could knock down trees that have been weakened by weather extremes in recent years, arborist Colin Bourgeois told CNN affiliate KATU.
During the dry summers, heat events like the heat dome, which take up much of the energy of the trees to fight off pathogens, make them irreparably damaged.
The old record of 1.08 inches was broken by 2.12 inches of rain. Monday was the third-rainiest December day on record in Portland.
The greatest flash-flooding concerns are for the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as the coastal portions of southern Oregon down through the Bay Area and to Los Angeles County.
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles said goodbye to the warmth. Between today and Tuesday there will be a big drop in temperatures. Expect 15-20 degrees of cooling thanks to the approaching storm system.”
A system that left thousands without power in Oregon and closed a freeway in Colorado will sweep through the East on Friday and Saturday. Thunderstorms will hit the South on Friday and then reach the Northeast as rain showers Saturday.
There will be no New Year’s Eve celebrations in Washington, DC and New York City. Los Angeles is expected to have a wet new year.
A flood watch for more than 16 million in effect including entire Bay Area and Central Valley though Saturday night. The calendar turns to 2023 so rain could ease Saturday evening.
The Weather Prediction Center said the slight risk area highlights areas that are already high in soil and burn scars.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District in Sacramento During a Powerful Atmospheric River Storm on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2005, and Follow-up on Social Media
The stretch of highway that was closed for nine hours in western Colorado reopened on Thursday after drivers were stranded because of the heavy mountain snow.
Dangerous conditions Tuesday in Oregon left five people dead, including a 4-year-old girl, after severe weather caused trees to fall on passing vehicles, state police said.
The atmospheric river storm was pulling in water and moist air from the Pacific Ocean. Parts of roads in northern California were closed because of flooding and rock slides.
A Sacramento Municipal Utility District online map showed more than 153,000 customers were affected by power outages on Saturday. “SMUD crews are responding to outages across the region during this powerful winter storm,” the utility said in a Twitter message, adding that it was preparing additional resources while working to restore power.
“Too many road closures to count at this point,” the weather agency in Sacramento said in an afternoon tweet. Residents in the unincorporated community of Wilton have been urged to evacuate by Sacramento County due to the danger of flooding.
Rainfall in downtown San Francisco on Saturday topped 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) at midafternoon, making it the second-wettest day on record, behind a November 1994 deluge. The nearly three-decade old record could be under threat with rain continuing.
The Highway Patrol closed a portion of U.S. 101 south of San Francisco because of flooding. Videos on Twitter showed mud-colored water streaming along San Francisco streets, and a staircase in Oakland turned into a veritable waterfall by heavy rains.
The storm could dump an inch of rain in the Sacramento area before moving to the south, according to the weather service. The chair lifts have been closed because of flooding and operational problems at one ski resort, and they posted a photo of the lift tower on social media with empty chairs.
The Sacramento agency released a map of 24-hour precipitation through Saturday morning, showing a wide range of totals in the region, from less than an inch (2.54 centimeters) in some areas to more than 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) in the Sierra foothills.
California weather forecasts through the next week, with two record-breaking days of rainfall and temperatures in the Eastern U.S.: Memphis, Jackson, and Baltimore
The Stockton Police Department posted photos of a flooded railroad underpass and a car that appeared stalled in more than a foot (30 centimeters) of water.
The rain in California is good, but much more precipitation is needed to make a difference. The past three years have been California’s driest on record.
Humboldt County, where a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck on Dec. 20, also saw roadways begin to flood, according to the National Weather Service’s Eureka office. A bridge that was temporarily closed last week due to earthquake damage may be closed again if the Eel River, which it crosses, gets too high, officials said.
It was the first of several storms expected to roll across California over the next week. The current system is expected to be warmer and wetter, while next week’s storms will be colder, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
“Strong winds could cause tree damage and lead to power outages and high waves on Lake Tahoe may capsize small vessels,” the weather service in Reno said.
On the Sierra’s eastern front, flood watches and warnings were issued into the weekend north and south of Reno, Nevada, where minor to moderate flooding was forecast along some rivers and streams.
Cities including Tallahassee, Albany, Charlotte, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Raleigh and Norfolk could see winds and tornadoes. There could be flash flooding in Mississippi as a result of the heavy rain.
A tornado watch is in effect for much of western and southern Alabama until 4 a.m. CST and for parts of Georgia, Florida and Alabama until noon eastern.
Memphis and Jackson each saw record-breaking rain Tuesday. Memphis received 3.84 inches, smashing its previous daily record of 2.13 inches set in 1949. Jackson got 2.48 inches on Tuesday, beating a previous daily record of 1.69 inches in 1951.
An extremely warm and moist air mass over the East Coast and Southeast helped fuel the severe weather outbreak. On Tuesday, the high temperature record was broken across the Eastern US, with the temperature hitting 81 degrees in Baton Rouge, 77 degrees in Baltimore, and 69 degrees in Washington D.C.
The Destruction of a School Building in Jessieville, Arkansas, During the Decay of Power Lines, Trees and Powerlines By an Ice Storm
Damage was also reported in Jessieville, Arkansas, where multiple buildings of a school sustained damage as trees and powerlines toppled, alogn with several homes in the area, according to the Garland County Sheriff’s Office.
“The school was currently in session at the time, however all students have been accounted for and reports of no injury,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
“The best thing is my husband and I are alive. Material things can be replaced but our lives cannot, and we just thank God that we are here,” homeowner Sylvia Hester told the station, standing alongside her husband next to their damaged home of two decades.
There have been reports of damage to transmission highline towers in northern Louisiana. According to the National Weather Service in Shreveport, one of the towers has been knocked over.
Residents of Jackson Parish were told to stay off the roads on Monday as trees and powerlines were knocked over by the storm.
While the state wouldn’t normally have any major impacts due to the expected rain amounts, recent rains have left soils saturated and susceptible to flooding.
The weather service issues ice storm warnings when ice accumulations of more than a quarter of an inch are possible. On Wednesday, the warning areas are expected to see up to or more than a half of an inch of freezing rain.
San Antonio may see a tenth of an inch of ice on roads, while Austin, San Angelo and Dallas may see half an inch.
According to the Fort Worth office of the weather service, Tuesday will be the toughest day for driving as Texas bridges and roads become icy.
Sleet, freezing rain and ice had also moved north into southern Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas, where hazardous road conditions were making driving dangerous and at least one accident was reported. The Arkansas National Guard winter weather support teams were activated by the governor.
And as freezing drizzle spread into central Illinois Sunday evening, the weather service office in Lincoln warned that slick roadways, sidewalks and parking lots are possible. “Use caution if heading out tonight,” forecasters said.
The collision occurred even if there was no new snow on the ground, due to excessive blowing snow and winds keeping visibility down. isolated areas along the highway received up to five inches of snow, while areas along the I-80 received one to five inches of snow.
“In addition to potentially hazardous travel conditions, this amount of ice will lead to tree damage and power outages across the hardest-hit regions,” the National Weather Service warned in its forecast Monday.
State of Emergency in Little Rock, Arkansas: Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Advised Emergency Management of the State’s National Guard
Amid such conditions, the governor has requested the state’s emergency management division to increase its resources so it can be ready to respond through Thursday.
As ice began to form on roads in Little Rock, Arkansas, the governor declared a state of emergency and activated the winter weather support teams of the state’s National Guard.
“I encourage Arkansans who are experiencing winter weather to avoid travel if possible and heed the warnings of local officials,” Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter.
$250,000 is directed toward discretionary use by the division of emergency management to provide funding for program and admin costs, according to the emergency order.
There is ice in Arkansas and it is going to be a real threat to the transportation industry. “This could potentially be a pretty dangerous situation.”
We are continuing to watch forecasts and anticipate sufficient generation to meet demand. We are not asking for Conservation at this time. We are informing the public that IF they are experience an outage to reach out to their local power provider,” the agency said in an email.
The deaths of two vehicles killed in the sleet or ice storms that destroyed Austin and Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday morning
The deaths were linked to the storm that dumped sleet or ice on Texas. In south Austin, one person died Tuesday morning in a 10-car pileup, the city’s fire department said. Another person died when their car rolled over in the Dallas-area city of Arlington, police said.
Abbott said that he encourages everyone to remain weather-awareness, check DriveTexas.org before traveling, and heed the guidance from local officials.
Many colleges and schools in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas were preparing to switch to online learning Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Wednesday that a 49-year-old woman was killed this week when she lost control of her truck on an icy road.
Some other cars that were stuck on the streets were helped by us before we got to I-20. “We eventually came across the standstill on Interstate 20 and helped an additional 20 trucks.”
“Everyone was very grateful for our help, especially the truck drivers. Some even asked if we were going to charge them for the help, but we told them we were just there to help.”
The weather service in Dallas warned that there would be power outages and hazardous travel conditions in the region, as well as tree limb breakage.
The Texas National Guard is prepared to help stranded motorists, Gov. Greg Abbott said. There are at least 30 Texas Parks and Wildlife responders ready for search and rescue operations.
Weather Forecasts in the Midwest, North, and Mid-Atlantic for High Temperatures from Tuesday to Friday Using the NWS Climate Prediction Center
The Cascade Mountains could see as much as three feet of snow in the highest elevations through Tuesday, while winds in the Pacific Northwest have the potential to gust up to 60 mph. Seas just offshore will be as high as 20 feet, bringing large, breaking waves to coastal areas, causing beach erosion.
Blizzard warnings are in place for southern Wyoming, where nearly two feet of snow and winds gusting more than 70 mph will create blinding conditions. The windchills are predicted to fall to 25 degrees below zero.
If you’re traveling across the U.S. this week, you might feel summer in one spot and winter in another: The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures hitting record highs and lows, while a huge winter storm “will plague a large portion of the country.”
The term the NWS Climate Prediction Center and many forecasters are using to describe the overall weather pattern is “anomalous” — for the unusual cold and warmth that people will experience.
As temperatures in Southern California might not rise above 50 degrees, parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic are expected to see highs in the 70s and 80s on Wednesday.
As part of the same system, rain and thunderstorms are forecast across the Midwest and Plains late Tuesday night into Wednesday, the prediction center said. There could also be severe storms in the Upper Midwest on Wednesday.
The high temperatures are expected to be in the 70s and 80s on Tuesday before peaking on Thursday in the 90s across the Florida peninsula. These temperatures are running 20 to 35 degrees above normal and are typically highs seen in May or early June.
More than 130 cities could set a new daily high temperature record from Tuesday to Friday, including Atlanta, Charlotte, and others.
State government closures and virtual learning day in South Dakota after a storm-force-induced high-wind and heavy snowstorm on Tuesday night
Gov. Tim Walz directed the state’s National Guard, the transportation department and the state patrol to be prepared to respond storm impacts, he said on Twitter.
South Dakota’s governor announced Tuesday the closures of state government executive branch offices Wednesday in more than half of the state’s 66 counties, with plans for employees to work remotely. Additionally, Interstates 29 and 90 partially closed Tuesday night to prepare for the expected snow.
The main campus of Eastern Wyoming College has been closed. The Natrona County school district in Casper will conduct a virtual learning day Wednesday due to hazardous weather and road conditions throughout the area, the district said.
The residents of Northern states are bracing themselves for whiteout conditions on Wednesday due to high winds and heavy snow.
Schools across Minnesota announced closures as the state’s governor said on Twitter he would direct the state’s National Guard, transportation department and state patrol to be ready to respond.
The NWS bulletin said that the forecast temperature from the Mid-Atlantic to New England will drop to the single digits in northern Maine.