New York City, Fla., had a “once-in-a-generation” snowstorm on Dec. 11 and its possible impact on the Northern Appalachians
A massive winter storm that’s killed about 50 people across the U.S. is expected to claim more lives as the frigid weather continues into the week. More than half the deaths occurred in western New York, in what Buffalo’s mayor called a “once-in-a-generation storm.”
Heavy snow has been brought to parts of California that are rarely seen. Mount Baldy — which sits east of Los Angeles, at just above 4,000 feet — could get a whopping 4.5 feet of snow by Saturday.
The main threat is likely to be strong tornadoes in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Mobile, Alabama. There is also a slight risk for excessive rainfall, “from the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians,” the Storm Prediction Center warns.
The threat would strengthen as the system headed east, impacting a large swath of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Areas in Louisiana and Mississippi that could be affected are Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport.
With snow expected to fall at rates of 1-2 inches per hour amid powerful 40 mph winds, blizzard conditions are expected for parts of the central and northern Plains Tuesday and Wednesday.
Western Washington has a winter storm warning in effect. Additional snowfall of up to 2 inches is possible and ice accumulations could reach a quarter of an inch. Precipitation will begin as snow and transition to sleet/freezing rain and then finally to rain. More power outages are likely and travel will be made very difficult.
The National Weather Service said the amount of snow would cause the passes to be closed and it would impact traffic going to and from Los Angeles.
MarkDeutschendorf said the forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Reno expected the snow to be 25% of normal.
It looks like Christmas out here. It stuck to everything, because it didn’t come with a lot of wind. It’s like a picture postcard.”
While he is pleased with the amount of snow that has fallen, he is cautiously optimistic that this will lead to a big break in the state’s dry spell.
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“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, the cumulative snowfall has reached dozens of inches, including 48 inches in Battle Lake, Wyoming, 32 inches in Dupuyer, Montana, and 29 inches in Park City, Utah.
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.
Brandon Wills of the National Weather Service in Wyoming said that there will be a long drawn out period of snowfall in the upper Midwest, and central Plains.
“Very heavy snowfall rates reaching 1 to 2 inches/hour will be likely across areas of interior New York and central New England,” the Weather Prediction Center at the National Weather Service said Thursday. Travel conditions are expected to be dangerous.
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.
In Minnesota, the National Weather Service issued various winter weather alerts, including a winter storm warning, an ice storm warning and a winter weather advisory. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a tweet Monday, “Challenging winter weather could impact travel statewide all week.”
The University of Alaska, and Alaska Pacific University were closed on Monday due to an unprecedented amount of snow in the area.
High-Surface Flash Flooding and Thunder in the Upper Mississippi Valley on Tuesday, and an 8-Year-Old Student Died in New York City, Louisiana
There is a risk of flash flooding from far east Texas into the lower Mississippi Valley on Tuesday. Up to 4 inches of rain could fall.
These areas need the moisture and have seen great relief to drought conditions in the past week. Tennessee, for example, went from 96% of the state under drought to being at 46% this week.
Plus, major cities, including New York and Boston, can expect 1 to 2 inches of heavy rain from the nor’easter into the weekend before the storm system pulls away from the region Sunday,
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told CNN the storm is the “most devastating storm in Buffalo’s long storied history.” At least 17 people died as a result of the heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions across the state as of Sunday night.
Hochul urged everyone in the affected regions to avoid unnecessary travel tonight and tomorrow. Stay off the roads, work from home if you can, and ensure that you and your loved ones remain vigilant.
In neighboring Pennsylvania, state transportation officials implored drivers to avoid unnecessary travel due to the low visibility caused by wind and heavy snow.
It could easily be New York’s biggest snow event of a nearly snowless season. The weather service predicts 4 to 6 inches of snow and ice in New York City, with gusts of 35 mph.
Tornadoes in the South killed three people in Louisiana while also flattening many homes and other structures. In the week before Christmas tens of thousands of people in the Upper Midwest were without power as a result of howling winds and snow that tore down power lines.
There was a quarter inch of ice reported Thursday morning to the mountains of West Virginia and Maryland, as well as a tenth of an inch in parts of Virginia.
Farther west, strong winds from the powerful storm tore down power lines, knocking out power to more than 140,000 homes and businesses in California, where the reported outages occurred in the northern counties of the state including San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, according to the tracking site Poweroutage.us.
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.
A tornado with 140 mph winds went through the town of Farmerville, in northern Louisiana. The tornado demolished parts of an apartment complex and a mobile home park and injured at least 20 people.
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“Rain will change to snow, making for tough travel later this afternoon and tonight,” Hochul said Friday. “New Yorkers should remain alert and monitor the forecast throughout the day today, especially in the North Country and areas along Lakes Erie and Ontario.”
As of Monday morning, about 183,000 customers were still without heat and lights, down from a peak of 1.7 million earlier in the week, according to the tracking site poweroutage.us.
State police in Vermont advised drivers to slow down after they responded to many crashes on Friday. Some roads were also closed due to the storm impact.
Snow is falling at heavy rates of 1-2 inches per hour near the Great Lakes, and combining with 40-50 mph winds. Significant impacts will include disruptions to travel, infrastructure, livestock and recreation, according to the NWS.
“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.
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Across the affected areas, there is a chance of sub-freezing temperatures that could kill crops and damage plumbing. The majority of these warnings are set to end Monday morning, which means that temperatures will begin to recover from the polar air.
“Highs over central and eastern Montana will struggle to get above zero today, while daytime lows ranging from 0 to -15 degrees will be common from eastern Washington to the Upper Mississippi Valley,” the Weather Prediction Center wrote.
Washington DC is expected to have its second-coldest Christmas Eve. In New York, the temperature on Christmas Eve is the lowest in over a century. Chicago is expecting temperatures to rebound above zero, but will still experience its coldest Christmas Eve since 1983.
Even if there is no more snow, high winds can pick up snow on the ground and cause low visibility.
As the winds reach as high as 50 mph on Friday, there will be concern for the city’s power supply. This will make the storm even worse, as the wind chills will plummet to at least 20 degrees below zero.
There is snow and ice covering the entire area in the night time in the northern hemisphere. So, you’ve basically got a source freezer sitting up there in the Arctic polar regions,” Greg Carbin, branch chief at the prediction center said. “It’s sort of the Polar Express and the cold air can hold on to those characteristics because there’s a lot of snow cover on the ground, even across the north-central United States.”
The Superstorm I-95, a snowstorm, and the chance of a white Christmas for millions of people in the state of Maryland and California
Travelers should change their travel plans now as travel could be very dangerous and life threatening later this week. The weather service made the announcement.
The storm will bomb out and enter the Northeast and New England before dawn on Saturday. A bomb cyclone is when the storm drops 24 millibars in pressure in 24 hours.
“I-95 gets a slug of pretty deep rain and that can be a problem in those areas that are now seeing snow,” Carbin said. “You can see some runoff melting, maybe even some flooding.”
This major storm is upping the chances of a white Christmas for millions across the country. The cold temperatures and snow that was already on the ground were enough to make certain areas a given.
The DC area can expect at most one inch of snow on Christmas Day. I’d be willing to increase the chance of that happening by 30% if there is a chance for that in the next couple of days.
If people in California look in the right direction, they will be able to see snow later this week. “Snow remains very unlikely in California’s major cities, but it’ll fall quite nearby.”
Weather-Related Auto Accidents in New York, Ohio and Kansas City: A Few More Delayed and Injured Autonomers
Air travel appeared to be unaffected by the approaching polar front, as of Tuesday morning, with more than 600 delays and over 300 cancelations at airports in the US, according to the tracking site Flight Aware.
Those venturing outside should dress in layers, cover their skin and change into dry clothing as soon as possible. Staying indoors is the best prevention according to experts.
All modes of travel – planes, trains and automobiles – were being disrupted: There were hundreds of miles of road closures and flight cancellations were growing rapidly. In New York, flooding along the Long Island Rail Road forced part of the Long Beach branch to temporarily shut down.
Mick Saunders, a New York resident, said that Christmas is canceled because of the weather. Everyone agreed it was safer to do it this way.
And in Ohio, four people have died “as a result of weather-related auto accidents” and several others have been injured, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.
In Kansas City, one person died after losing control of their Dodge Caravan on icy roads Thursday afternoon, according to the Kansas City Police Department. “The Dodge went down the embankment, over the cement retaining wall and landed upside down, submerged in Brush Creek,” police said in a statement.
Frozen Weather Warnings and a Critical Storm in the South on Sunday, April 1: Flight Anisotropies in Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Detroit
More than 10 million people were under freeze alerts across the South Monday, including residents in Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham.
“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 wreaked havoc on us this weekend with ice, floods, 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 his mother and sister and their family are in the other direction. We get together for Christmas Eve and Christmas, but we’re all hunkering down in our houses until Monday.
Governors in at least 13 states, including Georgia and North Carolina in the South, have implemented emergency measures to respond to the storm. Declarations of a state of emergency in several states have included the activation of National Guard units.
Airports across the Midwest, including in Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit have faced a plethora of cancellations. More than 1,600 flights were canceled on Wednesday. More than 1,700 flights were canceled and almost 10,000 were delayed as of Thursday morning, according to FlightAware.
A Cold and Wet Weather Forecast for the Northwest 48 Hours after the First Day of Winter Storms. The Seattle-Tacoma Airport
Some areas will see both extremes. After warming up to nearly 80 degrees on Thursday, the Washington, D.C., region will fall below freezing late Friday, with snow and rain likely on Saturday, the NWS says. Strong winds will be seen in many places.
The ice caused the closure of runways at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where nearly half of flights going into and out of the airport were canceled, according to FlightAware. Further, all express services for Sound Transit, a regional transportation network in the Seattle metro area, were suspended Friday due to the icy conditions.
There’s a winter storm warning for northern Oregon, including Portland, from 4 to 10 pm. There is a chance that there will be snow and sleetAccumulations of up to one inch and iceAccumulations of between.2 and.4 inches, as well as winds gusting to 55 mph. Wind chills as low as zero are1-6556 possible and it is possible to frost on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes.
Western New York saw days of sustained blizzard conditions, which dropped over 48 inches of snow and sent temperatures plummeting to minus 22 degrees when accounting for wind chill. The region accounted for 27 of the overall storm-related deaths across the country.
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. Eleven ambulances that had to be abandoned were dug out on Sunday, officials said.
There have been deaths reported from storm-related causes. A man in N.Y. was poisoned by carbon Monoxide after snow blocked his furnace. In Ohio, a worker was killed. A woman is on the river ice. A Vermont resident was killed by a falling branch. And at least six were killed in car crashes in Missouri, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
State and county plows, blizzards and white outs in Buffalo, New York, during the raging storm
Hundreds of National Guard troops have been deployed to help with rescue efforts in New York. The governor said police were involved in more than 500 rescues by Sunday, including a man with 4% left on his mechanical heart and delivery of a baby.
Hochul urged residents to stay off the roads as a driving ban remains in effect in Erie County through Monday.
Hochul said state and county plows have been out there nonstop, giving up time and putting themselves in danger to clear the roads.
About 500 motorists were stuck in their vehicles Friday night and Saturday morning due to the raging storm, according to Poloncarz.
“Think about looking just a few feet in front of you at a sheet of white for more than 24 hours in a row. He said that it was like that outside in the worst conditions. “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 is difficult to get around in Buffalo because of the number of abandoned vehicles and the many cars still on the streets.
Hochul said during the press conference that some residents have not been able to stay in their homes because of the cold. The governor stated that this wasn’t due to a lack of resources but because of a challenge faced by utility companies.
There are 12,000 homes and businesses without power in Erie County, and most of them won’t have it restored until Tuesday.
Buffalo, Fla., Heavy Snowfall and the First Day of Winter Weather in the Last 7 Days (Monday, June 26-31), the New York Area
Buffalo will continue to see snowfall and frigid cold temperatures Monday, with a high of 23 degrees expected in the daytime and a low of 18 at night, according to the National Weather Service.
• Colorado: Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, reported two deaths related to the cold since Thursday, with one man found near a power transformer of a building possibly looking for warmth, and another in a camp in an alleyway.
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.
A system moving farther away is expected to bring snow to the Midwest, while another system with a similar path is expected to bring snow to the northern Plains.
Much of the rest of the eastern part of the country will still be in a deep freeze through Monday before a moderating trend sets in on Tuesday, forecasters said.
Buffalo Mayor Brown told Morning Edition that the city’s emergency responders have gone “car by car” to perform hundreds of rescues of stranded motorists.
Brown said the storm was a “once-in-a-gen” storm. It’s unlike anything the city of Buffalo has seen before.
He said that the local utility would continue to work to reduce the number and get everyone’s power restored.
Communities from coast to coast have lost power over the course of the week, but the worst of rolling blackouts appeared to have subsided. PJM interconnection asked 65 million customers to conserve energy on Saturday, but said on Sunday that utilities could meet the day’s demand.
The weather service said that conditions are expected to remain frigid and hazardous during the day on Monday but will start to improve later in the week.
In case you want to venture outside, the NWS warns against high wind speeds and cold weather because it can cause frostbite in less than 10 minutes.
The storm moved over the Great Lakes, causing winter weather warnings along with whiteout conditions. Heavy snow in New York state caused widespread power losses and stranded emergency vehicles.
Near Watertown, Copenhagen, a village in New York’s Lewis County, was buried in snow. Even snowplows were having trouble navigating the roads because of 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.
Hundreds of Million Americans are Without Heating or Hot Water after an Ice Storm on Thursday morning: South Central Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New England
More than 400,000 homes and businesses in Texas were without power as of Thursday morning because of multiple layers of ice and sleet that snapped tree branches and limbs, according to Power Outage.us. That means thousands of people likely don’t have proper heating or hot water as ice coats the ground.
Texas has been the center of an ice storm that dumped several rounds of sleet and freezing rain, causing life threatening road conditions in surrounding states including Arkansas and Tennessee.
Overnight into early Thursday, an additional quarter inch of ice could possibly glaze already slippery roads, particularly in central and northern Texas, southern Oklahoma and Arkansas.
This will bring the storm’s total ice accretions to over 0.4, which will raise the risk of significant tree damage and power outages, in addition to icy roads. The National Weather Service said the freezing rain may mix in at times and increase the chances for icing on the roads.
Heading into the weekend the temperature will drop to 15 to 25 degrees below zero in the northern part of New England. Plus, the frigid temperatures will be joined by winds of 25 to 40 mph, making air in areas as far south as New York City feel -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
The snowstorm is showing some signs, as it is already snowing in the Pacific Northwest, making for a blockbuster snow season.
There are a number of weather warnings in effect for southern Wyoming, where over two feet of snow and winds are expected to create blinding conditions. The weather service also warns of wind chills falling to 25 degrees below zero.
Record High Temperatures from Ohio to Florida, Expected across the Northeast, Midwest, and Ohio Valley for the Northeast and Central U.S.
Dozens of record highs are expected on Thursday from Ohio to Florida. For parts of the Northeast, Midwest, and Ohio Valley, highs could be as much as 35 degrees above normal.
If you’re traveling throughout the U.S., you might feel summer in one spot and winter in another, as the National Weather Service forecast a huge winter storm this week.
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.
In the East, people living in areas ahead of the storm can be forgiven for wondering if winter is already over, as they watch early blooms emerge. Temperatures on Monday were forecast to be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than normal across the central and eastern U.S.
The NWS said highs Tuesday will be similar to average, with the northern tier cooling off as the clipper system passes through.
Damaging winds and rain are expected Wednesday morning through the afternoon in parts of Oklahoma into western Arkansas, across Missouri and western Illinois, according to the National Weather Service
The high temperatures in the region will reach well into the 70s and 80s on Tuesday and then hit the 80s on Thursday and hit 90s in parts of the Florida peninsula. Typically highs are seen in the middle of May or early June, but they are currently running 20 to 35 degrees above normal.
State-Dependent Snowfall, Highway Traffic, and Commuter Safety Operations: South Dakota, Wisconsin and California Under Blizzard Warnings
Parts of the Upper Midwest could see snow fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, combined with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, the National Weather Service said. The falling and blowing snow will create whiteout conditions.
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. I-90 and I 29 were partially closed on Tuesday to make sure they were ready for the snow.
Eastern Wyoming College announced the closure of its main campus. 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.
Search and rescue operations were underway Wednesday evening in several counties across Wyoming to recover motorists that become trapped in heavy snow, the state highway patrol said.
In Minnesota, swaths of which saw 3-7 inches with locally higher amounts as of early Thursday, more than 160 vehicle crashes were reported and dozens of cars spun off roads Wednesday, Minnesota State Patrol spokesperson Lt. is an officer. Gordon said in a series oftweets.
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.
Out west, in an extremely rare event, California’s Los Angeles and Ventura Counties will be under blizzard warnings from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, the weather said. That will be the first blizzard warning issued by the weather service’s Los Angeles office since 1989, it said.
Weather-driven storms and temperatures in the Northeast have caused a significant snow shortage and higher-than-average precipitation for many US cities
A winter storm and heat wave in the south made for a 100 degree temperature difference between the north and south earlier this week.
The international airport in Green Bay will be closed on Thursday and most of the flights on Wednesday will also be canceled.
The governor of Maine said state offices would be closed on Thursday as the storm was expected to bring a lot of snow.
Atlanta had an all- time record in February of 81 degrees. New Orleans and Nashville were both at 83 degrees on Wednesday, while Washington, D.C., was at 81 degrees.
In addition, heavy rainfall brought several inches of rain to the area, including more than 4 inches in Holy Jim Canyon, Lower Silverado Canyon and Henshaw Dam; more than three inches in La Jolla Amago, Costa Mesa, Mount Woodson and Carlsbad Airport; and more than two inches to John Wayne Airport, Escondido, San Bernardino and Temecula, according to the service’s 5-day rainfall reports.
The storm made for dangerous travel conditions in some areas. State Route 33 in the Los Padres National Forest was closed due to rock slides and erosion from this and previous storms.
“This year, winter parking rules began on February 1st but were quickly removed due to a warmer-than-average weather pattern in February,” the city announced on its website.
The snow shortage in the Northeast is not comparable to an actual lack of precipitation due to the warm temperatures, according to Miller, who added the region is experiencing the normal number of storms and amounts of precipitation.
Climate warms and it’s likely that the period Between snow Events will increase, and this may be particularly true for coastal Northeastern cities. The warmer Northeast temperatures lead to more rainy days and less snow along the coast, according to the US National Climate Assessment.
And it’s not just the Northeast. Meteorological winter, which spans December, January, and February, is also the fastest-warming season for 75% of 238 US locations, according to Climate Central’s data analysis.