Heavy Snow, Power Outages and Trees in the Sierra Nevada, the Site of California’s First Protest on Monday, Dec. 2
California’s capital city was the site of a protest. There were problems with traffic due to the powerful storm that brought precipitation and snow to much of California.
Heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada made it difficult to open chairlifts, as the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area said. The resort reported lift closings on Saturday because of high winds, low visibility and ice.
A 70 mile stretch of the U.S. freeway was closed due to zero visibility from California to the Nevada state line. Chains were required on much of the rest of I-80 in the mountains from Reno toward Sacramento.
The U.S. Forest Service issued an avalanche warning for the backcountry in the mountains west of Lake Tahoe where it said “several feet of new snow and strong winds will result in dangerous avalanche conditions.”
“Valley areas will likely see gusts as high as 45-50 mph, with gusts greater than 60 mph possible in wind prone areas,” the weather service office in Reno said. “Sierra crest wind gusts will likely approach 150+ mph as the strong subtropical jet moves overhead Monday. US-95 remains a big concern, especially for high profile vehicles Monday.”
In the Los Angeles area, light rain was forecast for the weekend with stormy conditions expected to return Monday with the potential for up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain in the foothills. High surf was expected through Tuesday, with large waves on west-facing beaches, the National Weather Service said.
Parts of the state remained under flash flood warnings Monday morning, after a weather phenomenon known as an atmospheric river dropped historic rain levels on San Francisco, Oakland and other areas. But a second atmospheric river is predicted to arrive soon — and it will be as bad or worse than the New Year’s Eve deluge, forecasters warn.
Meanwhile the storm, which also brought strong winds, knocked out power to more than 300,000 homes and businesses across California and Nevada as of early Sunday, according to Poweroutage. US.
Some cars and homes were damaged in the power outages and fallen trees. Firefighters in Monte Rio responded to reports of trees falling on homes in 50 mph wind gusts.
Monte Rio Fire Department Chief Steve Baxman told KRON-TV that four different down trees had damaged houses in the area and that no injuries were reported.
This is our first big storm, we have been through several years of dry weather and all the trees were dry. The television station reported that Baxman said they were starting to topple over after filling up with water.
High elevations at Big Bear Lake in Southern California saw between 20 to 40 inches of snow over the course of three days as of Friday evening, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency also reported that many vehicles were stuck Friday morning, prompting state officials to close roads.
The Sierra Nevada Snowfall Distribution during the Mid-Midwestern Flavour of a Three-Day Heterogeneous Superstorm
The Storm prediction center predicts tornadoes, hail and damaging straight line winds from eastern Texas into northern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi.
While the northern half of the storm will be all snow, the southern half will be heavy rain. There is a chance of strong storms for places like Dallas, Little Rock, Shreveport and Memphis. The Storm Prediction Center believes that the area could see large hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes.
The Upper Midwest is expected to bear the brunt of the storm in terms of snowfall totals, with Minnesota’s Minneapolis area likely getting more than 20 inches Wednesday and more than 2 feet total over the multi-day storm – potentially the most in 30 years.
While the storm did not break any long-standing records like last year’s snow, despite dropping several feet of snow in the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada, Swain says mountain snowpack is now well above-average for the calendar date and that overall precipitation is relatively near average in most places.
“It looks a lot like Christmas out here,” Deutschendorf said. “It didn’t come with a lot of wind, and it stuck to everything. It’s like a picture postcard.”
The Loses of the Winter Storm: Snow, Power Outages, and Tree Damage Due to Weak Weather in the Upper Midwest and Central Plains
And it’s already starting to make a dent in California’s drought conditions, according to the latest US Drought Monitor released Thursday morning. The rains and snow gave a small glimpse of hope for people who have been dealing with back-to-back historically dry years that have caused unprecedented water shortages and landscape-altering fires.
“We’re Buried,” the Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort wrote on its website Sunday, sharing photos of thick snow covering the ski resort in Olympic Valley, California.
Since the storm began Monday evening, cumulative snowfall has reached dozens of inches in some cities, including 48 inches in Battle Lake, Wyoming, 32 inches in Dupuyer, Montana, and 29 inches in Park City, Utah.
There will be harsh cold, strong wind and heavy snow across the US this week just days before Christmas.
The coast-to-coast storm – which walloped the West over the weekend – is expected to strengthen as it pushes eastward Tuesday, and stall across the central Plains into Thursday, snarling travel amid blowing snow and freezing rain.
The winter storm alert stretched from the Canadian border to the Mexican border due to the storm that hit the Western US.
“Power outages and areas of tree damage will be possible across these areas [from the Great Lakes into the Northeast], and especially for the locations seeing a combination of stronger winds and accumulating ice,” the National Weather Service predicted.
The National Weather Service is expecting a lengthy period of snow in the upper Midwest and central Plains.
Perilous travel conditions are expected to continue in many of these areas Thursday. The northern Plains and the Great Lakes could see a snowstorm of up to 2 inches an hour, with gusts as high as 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The combination will cause “significant impacts that will include major disruptions to travel, infrastructure, livestock and recreation,” the service said.
The National Weather Service office in Rapid City, South Dakota, said travel through the area will be nearly impossible Tuesday and Wednesday, and possibly into Thursday.
A number of states have road closures on Wednesday due to lousy conditions.
Weather alerts beyond some that expired Friday are expected to be issued this weekend for places due for a mix of rain and snow. Here is the forecast for millions.
The University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Pacific University are closed on Monday because of a record amount of snow.
“Additional rain on already saturated soils will contribute to additional flooding concerns across much of the state,” Solum told CNN. There is an increase in the risk of rock slides and mud slides across much of the state.
The rain was welcomed in drought-parched California. The past three years have been the state’s driest on record — but much more precipitation is needed to make a significant difference.
Parts of drought-plagued California are facing an onslaught of powerful storms to start the new year, bringing flooding rainfall and even mud and debris flows to the state.
Andrew Schwartz is the lead scientist and station manager of the University of California, Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Laboratory and he says that more snow is required at the lab. He and others measure how much water will be available for the state’s residents.
It’s all happening against the backdrop of a yearslong, climate change-fueled megadrought that has drained the state’s reservoirs and triggered water shortages. The storms bring precipitation and snow to the state. But Daniel Swain, climate scientist at the University of California in Los Angeles, said it is not enough to erase the decadeslong deficit that the unrelenting drought has built up.
With the multi-year megadrought, the Sierras’ snowpack was at alarmingly low levels, while the city’s drinking water supplies were well below average.
This dramatic swing in periods of drought and high precipitation, or weather whiplash, can occur more often and become more intense under a rapidly warming climate. And scientists say the chances of these sudden transitions happening in California will become much higher, if humans continue to pump out planet-warming gases.
The storm was on balance and it dropped a bit of water in places that really need it because of long-term dry spell and climate change. “And, importantly, it dropped that water as snow, which is accumulating over weeks and months as snowpack, rather than warm rains that immediately turn into runoff.”
The deluges have occurred as California has been enveloped by drought and faced fierce wildfires that have scarred the landscape. More flooding is possible if the state can’t absorb more moisture.
Schwartz said that the game was like a football game, where they scored a touchdown and then had three quarters left to figure out the outcome. If we get March or April and we have above average precipitation, we can start to relax. We can start to celebrate a little bit.
The lower Colorado River Basin will see additional unprecedented water cuts in January through spring because of a tilt in the seasonal outlook for drier-than-average conditions across much of California.
The Colorado River system, where the rapidly- increasing water crisis threatens to reach a new height in the near-future, does not bode well for long-term relief unless there is unexpected precipitation in the coming months.
This isn’t a guarantee of a full deep winter, so Schwartz said that we need to be more careful with our water use.
A “strong high pressure system” which swept down from Canada Tuesday and appears poised to march towards the Southeast on Wednesday and Thursday are the cause of the bulletin from the NWS.
The mountains of Washington state are likely to get the most snow on Tuesday but lowlands in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming could see a foot of it. The region could see another blast of snow and ice on Thursday.
The cold front that will cross over the Rockies and Great Basin will send temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees and gusts of wind as fast as 60 mph.
It is only the first week of winter and temperatures can hit the season’s lowest by Friday. It’ll be as low as 20F on Christmas Eve in northern Florida.
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Air travel was mostly unaffected by the approaching polar front as of Tuesday morning, with more than half a dozen delays at airports across the United States.
The storms come on top of the storm which knocked out power in the area. More than 400,000 customers were still without power Sunday morning, according to PowerOutage. US. And a New Year’s weekend storm also produced flooding rains across the state, which is already off to a very wet start to the year.
Frostbite is another risk for those trying to brave the cold, the NWS says. Subzero temperatures in some parts of the U.S. this week could lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.
The people venturing outside should dress in layers and wear dry clothes as soon as possible. But, experts say, the best prevention by far is simply to stay indoors.
All 11 Western states are under winter weather alerts Wednesday, with about half a million people along the higher elevations of the Rockies under high wind alerts as gusts could reach Category 1 hurricane strength. The website Power Outage.us said that electricity has been knocked out in Oregon, Washington and California.
The average atmospheric river carries more than 20 times as much water as the Mississippi River. Major floods from storms that come off the Pacific Ocean have been occurring in California before, but climate change is raising the stakes and millions of people could be impacted.
More than 60 million people were under winter weather warnings in the morning from the West to the northern Plains and Great Lakes region. More than one million homes and businesses have been without power because of storms that struck Michigan, as well as parts of the Midwest, where ice damaged utility lines and trees.
The National Weather Service offices all along the coast warned people to the possibility of damaging winds, with peak gusts expected to top 70 mph in some areas.
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.
“The consecutive dry summers that we’ve had, especially the heat events like the heat dome, that really damages trees and it takes up so much of their energy to fuel their immune systems to fight off pathogens,” Bourgeois said.
Los Angeles and state forecasts for future rain events at the Northern Beach Area Integrated Water System, or NWS, Inc., the second dryest day of Dec. 31
San Francisco’s downtown NWS site recorded 5.46 inches of rain on Dec. 31 — the second-wettest day at that location in more than 170 years, the NWS said.
The potential for more significant floods in Northern and central California is heightened by the back-to-back heavy rain events. Flash flooding and debris flows are also possible.
“Say goodbye to the warmth,” the National Weather Service in Los Angeles tweeted Monday. “Big drop in temperatures on track between today and tomorrow (Tuesday). 15-20 degrees of cooling is expected due to the approaching storm system.
Damaging winds are expected to hit parts of Oklahoma into western Arkansas, along with rain in western Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.
The Bay Area NWS office says the storm has shown good numbers, and it will likely hit California by late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
It is likely that New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City and Washington, DC are not going to go well. Los Angeles, too, is expected to ring in a soggy new year.
New York City Flood Warnings During the Atmospheric River Event due to High-Energy Rain from Dec. 20
More than fifteen million people are under a flood watch in California ahead of the atmospheric river event which is forecast to bring several inches of rain to the state through Tuesday.
There is a chance of rain throughout the weekend in New York City, with the biggest rain event expected between 6 and midnight Sunday. The temperature will stay in the 50s through most of Sunday.
The Weather Prediction Center said that the areas with a slight risk are high in soil humidity, burn scars and urban areas.
The section of I70 in Colorado that had been closed due to snow and rain is now open after being closed for nine hours.
State police said five people died after trees fell on vehicles due to dangerous conditions in Oregon.
Landslides already had closed routes in the San Francisco Bay Area, between Fremont and Sunol, as well as in Mendocino County near the unincorporated community of Piercy and in the Mendocino National Forest, where crews cleared debris into Friday night.
The earthquake that struck on Dec. 20, caused the roads to flood in the county according to the National Weather Service. 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.
There were a number of road Closures by the state transportation agency including Highway 70 east of Chico, which was partially closed by a slide, and the north side of Highway 49, which was closed because of flooding. In El Dorado County, east of Sacramento, a stretch of Highway 50 was closed because of flooding.
Sacramento’s fire officials planned to broadcast evacuation announcements from a helicopter and a boat along the American River — a spot where many unhoused people live in encampments — to warn of flooding.
In addition to the heavy rainfall, another round of strong winds is expected to accompany the storm as it pushes inland, which could lead to even more downed trees and power lines causing additional power outages.
“Flooding impacts continue to escalate as this rain continues with too many road closures to count at this point,” NWS said Saturday, telling residents to stay put amid reports of rock and mudslides across the foothills and road closures across the Sierra passes.
Moderate flooding is expected at Susanville, California by Saturday morning when the Susan River is predicted to rise to a foot above the flood stage.
At one point Saturday, officials ordered residents in Wilton – roughly 20 miles from Sacramento – to leave the area immediately, warning that rising water may spill over onto roadways and cut off access to leave the area. The water made roads passimically, so residents were told to shelter in place.
US Highway 101 – one of California’s most famous routes – was also temporarily closed in both directions in South San Francisco Saturday with the California Highway Patrol reporting “water is not receding due to non-stop rainfall & high tides preventing the water to displace.”
The police posted photos of a flooded railroad underpass and a car that was stuck in the water.
The storm that hit northern California on New Year’s Eve forced some small communities to evacuate, as streets flooded and river water levels rose.
On top of urban flooding, several rivers began overflowing, including the Cosumnes and Mokelumne rivers and the Mormon Slough, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento. Flood warnings were issued for the southern Sacramento Valley and Sierra foothills.
Three communities near the city of Watsonville were also told to evacuate by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office due to creek flooding, while the rising San Lorenzo River waters prompted evacuations in the communities of Paradise Park and Felton.
Water Rescues and Highway Reopening in the Northern Hemisphere Saturday after a High-Frequency Wet and Wet Season
During Saturday the crews of the fire district performed water rescues and responded to fallen trees as well as drivers who became disabled when their cars became stuck in the water.
The Amador County Sheriff’s Office shared an image of vehicles up to their doors in flood waters and said there have been reports of trees blocking roads.
Highway 50 reopened just after midnight after being closed for several hours due to flooding from the American River.
The county proclaimed a state of emergency, saying the atmospheric river has caused “significant transportation impacts, rising creek and river levels and flooding” in the Wilton area.
According to a Thursday message from the local weather service, downtown San Francisco had its wettest 10-day period since 1871. The area soaked up more than 10 inches of rain between December 26 and Wednesday, the agency said.
Over a foot of new snow fell at Mammoth Mountain’s Main Lodge Saturday, the ski resort said on Facebook, adding that work will take place across the mountain since all lifts were coated in ice and “avalanche danger is extremely high.”
The California Highway Patrol reported that there were cars stuck on the I-80 and county roads at the Nevada State line.
California was drying up and digging out on New Year’s Day, after a storm snarled traffic and closed major highways.
The Department of Transportation said that dozens of drivers were rescued on New Year’s Eve when their cars spun out in the snow. The key route from the Bay Area to the mountains reopened on Sunday as passenger vehicles with chains.
In Southern California, several people were rescued after floodwaters inundated cars in San Bernardino and Orange counties. No major injuries were reported.
Sacramento Rains and Floods Preparing for the First Day of the Sacramento Floral Parade on Monday, Dec. 3. Simultaneous Rainfalls After More Than a Week
With the region drying out on New Year’s Day and no rainfall expected during Monday’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, spectators began staking out their spots for the annual floral spectacle.
It was the first of several storms expected to roll across the state in the span of a week. Saturday’s system was warmer and wetter, while storms this week will be colder, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
At least two people died in the storm, including one who was found dead inside a completely submerged vehicle Saturday in Sacramento County, and a 72-year-old man who died after being struck by a fallen tree at a Santa Cruz park, according to officials.
The community of Point Pleasant was told to evacuate on Sunday due to imminent flooding and would become dangerous after the sun goes down.
“It is expected that the flooding from the Cosumnes River and the Mokelumne River is moving southwest toward I-5 and could reach these areas in the middle of the night,” the agency tweeted.
Forecasters in Northern California warn people affected by the mudslides and floods that it could get worse before it gets better.
“The most intense part of this weather event will occur later this evening and last through noon Thursday,” the NWS office in Los Angeles said. “A slow moving cold front will entrain the moisture from a moderate atmospheric river.”
The office said that the Russian River is at particular risk of flooding. The storm’s high winds could cause severe damage to areas where the soil is already saturated with rain.
On Sunday, Sacramento’s Mary Spencer-Gode and other residents gaped at the damage on their street, where the storm toppled a massive elm tree on New Year’s Eve.
“The wind was just going crazy,” she told Capital Public Radio. We turned off the TV because we heard it, and I heard a big noise and the house moved.
A possible deadly storm warning for California’s northern coast as seen by the National Weather Service on Wednesday. NPR and Sacramento forecasters say a powerful storm is undergoing bombogenesis
“It’s just a narrow area of high water that gets transported away from the tropics towards the higher latitudes,” often before a cold front arrives, as an NWS senior forecaster said to NPR recently.
For states along the West Coast, atmospheric rivers are “actually responsible for a good majority of the rainfall during the colder season, which is the season when they get most of their rain,” Oravec said.
The precipitation can be extreme: A single atmospheric river “can carry more water than the Mississippi River at its mouth,” as NPR has reported. The systems’ winds are dangerous according to forecasters. One of the storms destroyed the sequoia “Pioneer Cabin Tree” in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
Forecasters along the California coast raised the alarm as predictions show the storm slowing as it nears and arrives over land, bolstering the damage it could do.
Because of its expected longer duration and prodigious amount of moisture, the incoming storm “should surpass the Saturday night storm by at least an inch and likely more in the upslope areas,” the NWS office in Oxnard and Los Angeles said, adding that the rain is expected to taper off Thursday night into Friday.
The weather service in Los Angeles says there will be an increased risk for rockslide activity in the local mountains due to the heavy rain and already wet soils.
The NWS office in Sacramento said on Wednesday that the powerful system was seen “undergoing bombogenesis” off California’s northern coast.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm could trigger more widespread flooding, roads washing out, hillside collapsing, fallen trees, major power outages, “immediate disruption to commerce, and the worst of all, likely loss of human life.”
As wells run dry and reservoirs drain, Julie Kalansky, a climate scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, said these storms are desperately needed more than ever to alleviate the drought, despite the hazards they bring in some areas.
According to CNN, they can be beneficial if they bring a lot of California’s water supply to the state or they can also be devastating if they don’t. They come back-to-back, and the landscape doesn’t have an opportunity to deal with all of the rain, so it can lead to flooding.
Weather warnings for Northern California on Wednesday and Sunday for flooding, tree collapse, and power outages due to high winds and debris. An elderly woman killed in Sonoma County
Weather experts warned people in their coverage areas on Wednesday to prepare for potential power outages, and for travel to be threatened by high winds, debris and felled trees and power lines.
Parts of Southern California likely will see an intense brew of rain, snow and winds that may cause flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
A woman died in Northern California when her car crashed into a utility pole while she was driving because of the excessive rain. The driver hit “a patch of standing water and hydroplaned, losing control of the vehicle, before colliding into a utility pole,” police explained.
A young child – about age 1 or 2 – was killed Wednesday after a redwood tree fell on a home in Sonoma County in Northern California, Occidental Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ron Lunardi said.
Mary Ellen Carol, the executive director of the San Francisco emergency management department, said that some saw flooding, mudslides and sinkholes in the city.
• Also Saturday: An additional 1 to 2 feet of snow threaten to make travel dangerous in areas above 5,000 feet in mountains of Northern and central California, the Weather Prediction Center said.
Even a 40 mph wind can do damage when the ground is so saturated from record rains this week and the new precipitation expected this weekend.
The weekend’s rains will raise concerns for streams, creek, and rivers. The Colgan Creek, Berryessa Creek, Mark West Creek, Green Valley Creek, and the Cosumnes River are currently above flood stage.
The climate prediction center when there is El Nio or La Nia: the impact of forecast patterns on ocean and jet stream climatologies
Guidelines for the overall forecast can be given by the Climate Prediction Center when there is either El Nio or La Nia.
“During a La Niña, typically the Pacific Northwest sees wetter than normal conditions and Southern California sees drier than normal conditions,” Marybeth Arcodia, a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University said. “This is due to the jet stream being pushed farther north and having a wavier pattern. That’s right, “
According to Arcodia, atmospheric rivers form during the winter season and can occur during El Nios orLa Nias.
Michael Tippett, a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, points out that the forecast patterns are not meant to be used on a day-to-day forecast scale but rather the entire season as a whole. This is the reason that researching the patterns is so important.
Tippett told CNN that there is a randomness that is not explained by the patterns. We might be able to understand why one year is different.
Michael Anderson told a news briefing that officials were monitoring the storm and three other systems far out in the Pacific.
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“As we get more inundation from the rain we are seeing more failure around those, what we call lifeline systems, for power and communication.”
This has led the prediction center to issue a Level 3 out of 4 risk for excessive rainfall for over 15 million people in the state on Monday including those in San Francisco, Sacramento, Monterey, Fresno, and Oxnard. The prediction center wrote in their discussion Sunday that if the forecast guidance continues to increase rainfall totals, then a Level 4 out of 4 high risk notice may become necessary for Monday.
The weather service in San Francisco is confident that the pattern will continue through the end of the month. “While we don’t have details on how much rain above normal will fall, suffice it to say that the continuation of saturated soils could continue to pose hazards into the third week of January.”
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The storm is showing signs of life on the west coast as snow is already falling in the Pacific Northwest, adding to their already blockbuster snow season.
“This amount of snow will result in the passes needing to be closed for a period of time which will impact traffic getting to and from Los Angeles,” The National Weather Service office in Hanford, California said.
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 weather service warns that the wind chill will go down to 25 degrees below zero.
The weather will bring icy weather to some big cities, including Chicago. It’s difficult to find out where the ice will occur in the Ohio Valley. Stay tuned with the forecast if you live in these areas, because freezing rain and sleet could halt your travel plans and even cause power outages.
The storm will make it to the Northeast and New England by the end of the week. Boston could potentially get a couple of inches of snow, which may leave New York City out in the cold.
A number of record highs are expected from Ohio to Florida. It is possible that highs will be 35 degrees higher than normal for parts of the Ohio Valley.
If you are buried under three feet of snow or basking in the sunshine, this week will be perfect for you.
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.
FlightAware reveals heavy snow and ice storm warnings in southern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas – and the state’s worst snowfall on Tuesday
More than 700 flights scheduled for Wednesday in the US have been canceled, according to the tracking site FlightAware. Minneapolis and Denver had a lot of flight cancelations.
The cancellations come as more than five million people are under ice storm warnings across northeastern Iowa, southern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois and southern Michigan. And more than two million people are under blizzard warnings across parts of Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.
Near the Great Lakes, there is snow that is falling at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour. That will drive significant impacts that will include major disruptions to travel, infrastructure, livestock and recreation,” the NWS wrote.
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.
Eastern Wyoming College is closing it’s main campus. The Natrona County school district will have a virtual learning day on Wednesday due to hazardous weather and road conditions.
The Wyoming highway patrol said on their account that they were in search and rescue mode after more than 40 inches of snow fell in the southern part of the state.
More than 160 vehicle crashes were reported in Minnesota and dozens of cars spun off roads, as a swath of which saw 3-7 inches with locally higher amounts as of early Thursday. You are a lieutenant. Gordon Shank said in a series of tweets.
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In Wisconsin – similarly hit by snow since Tuesday in the north and freezing rain Wednesday in the south – Gov. Tony Evers declared a statewide energy emergency Wednesday, saying it will “allow for a more swift and efficient restoration of any electric power outages throughout the state,” a news release from his office said.
A rare blizzard warning remains in effect for parts of Southern California – including the Los Angeles region – Saturday as some areas endure heavy snow and record rainfall that has delivered dangerous flooding.
The dueling winter storm and southern heat wave created a stark 100-degree temperature difference between the Northern Rockies and the South earlier this week.
Green Bay’s international airport canceled the rest of its daily flights Wednesday evening and most of its flights Thursday morning.
• Maine government offices closed: Gov. Janet Mills announced that state offices would be closed Thursday as the storm “is expected to bring significant snowfall to most of the state,” her office said in a release.
Atlanta set a record for the highest temperature in February at 81 degrees. On Wednesday, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Nashville all reached the 80 degree mark.
Just as noteworthy were the unusual warm temperatures seen in Southern and Mid-Atlantic states, the National Weather Service said. On Thursday, both Nashville, Tenn., andRichmond, Va., hit temperatures in the 80s.
Freezing and sleet warnings for the state’s southern counties of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara under the Friday afternoon thunderstorms
On Friday, forecasters also urged mariners near the coast of the state’s San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties to “seek safe harbor immediately” — warning of severe thunderstorms that could produce sudden waterspouts, powerful enough to “easily overturn boats.” The two counties are also at risk of seeing small tornadoes on land.
A freeze warning has been issued for Friday evening through Saturday morning for parts of the region. The sub-freezing conditions will be especially dangerous to unsheltered populations, crops and unprotected outdoor plumbing.
In Michigan, the freezing rain and sleet was a risk for infrastructure and livestock. Port Austin and Midland saw the most snow, with 8 inches and 8.9 inches respectively. According to the National Weather Service, large amounts of ice were observed in the south of the state.
There is a chance of more light snow in the area. On Friday, the temperatures will plunge across the state. The weather is predicted to warm up by Sunday.
The weather service had issued a flash flood warning for Los Angeles after bouts of heavy rain turned some roads into rivers.
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Hundreds of thousands of people in the Midwest are affected by the same weather system that wreaked havoc in California and many other states.
As of Saturday afternoon, almost 400,000 Michigan customers were without power. The main utilities in the state hope to restore the lights to most of their customers by Sunday night.
DTE, one of Michigan’s largest electric providers, warned it won’t be able to return service to most customers before Sunday, despite restoring power to stricken areas.
In New England, icy conditions likely contributed to a massive 15-vehicle pileup on the Massachusetts Turnpike Thursday night, according to a tweet by the Massachusetts State Police.
Los Angeles. A powerful winter storm that swept down the West Coast with flooding and frigid temperatures on Saturday shifted its focus towards southern California, piling up snow and swelling rivers.
Flood advisories blanketed the region but forecasters said the storm would come to an end later in the day.
The weather service said Saturday that the flooding was no longer a threat, as 7 inches (185 centimeters) of rain fell in Ventura County early Saturday.
Brian Wheeler, a spokesman for Consumers Energy, said half an inch (1.27 centimeters) of ice weighed down some power lines — equivalent to the weight of a baby grand piano.
Allison Rinker’s house in Kalamazoo, Michigan is 150 years old and she had to use a generator to keep it warm after two cold nights.
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“We were all surviving, but spirits were low on the second day,” she said. “As soon as the heat came back and we were able to have one or two lights running, it was like a complete flip in attitude.”
She said that the ice falling off the trees was hitting her and her husband very hard, and she was worried it was going to crack. Half of the trees are falling down. The destruction is so insane it’s crazy.
The low-pressure system was expected to bring widespread rain and snow in southern Nevada by Saturday afternoon and across northwest Arizona Saturday night and Sunday morning, the National Weather Service office in Las Vegas said.
Yet the cold weather blasting the North and West avoided the southern states, leading to wild temperatures differences. On Friday, the high temperature at Falcon Lake, Texas was 93 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius) and the low was minus 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) near Huntley, Montana.
Much of Portland was shut down with icy roads not expected to thaw until Saturday after the city’s second-heaviest snowfall on record this week: nearly 11 inches (28 centimeters).
Tim Varner sat huddled with blankets in a Portland storefront doorway shielding him from some of the wind, ice and snow. Local officials opened six overnight shelters but the 57-year-old, who has been homeless for two decades, said it was too hard to push a shopping cart containing his belongings to reach one.
“I’m stuck, I’m afraid of the snow”, a dissipative former U.S. Naval Observatory spokesman said
“It’s impossible,” he said. “The snow gets built up on the wheels of your cart and then you find slippery spots and can’t get no traction. So you’re stuck.”