The US is expecting heavy rain this week
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An atmospheric river is a long, narrow region in the atmosphere that can transport moisture thousands of miles, like a fire hose in the sky. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be winds of 30 to 50 mph and heavy rain.
The storm does make it to the Northeast and New England by the end of the week. New York City isn’t in the snow, however Boston could get a couple of inches.
Northern California and the central California coast have already received 2 to 4 inches of rain in the last week. The cumulative effect of multiple Pacific storm systems laden with moisture from a potent atmospheric river will make impacts such as flash floods and landslides more likely.
A cold front with high wind speeds could cause power lines to be damaged in California. In the state’s Central Valley, more than 119,000 homes and businesses were without power on Wednesday morning.
There is a chance of 2 feet of snow in areas with higher altitudes through Saturday, with snow totals between 6 and 12 inches.
The NWS warns that a low visibility will make travel worse on snow covered roads. “Additionally, the strong winds could lead to potential power outages from the Midwest to the Northeast.”
Matthew said tornadoes are more likely in December than in the springtime in parts of the South and Mississippi Valley.
There is a small chance of tornadoes, strong winds, and large hail to Dallas, Fort Worth, and New Orleans. Isolated tornadoes, large hail, and damaging winds are possible in Houston, Memphis, and Little Rock.
There will be more detail regarding the areas at risk from tornadoes as the event approaches.
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California is still recovering from a major winter storm that brought unfamiliar wintry conditions at higher elevations last week, including rare blizzard warnings to the southern part of the state. Major roads were closed Monday.
A 70-mile (112-kilometer) stretch of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 was closed “due to zero visibility” from Colfax, California to the Nevada state line, transportation officials said. In the mountains from Reno to Sacagawea chains were required on most of I-80.
The U.S. Forest Service stated that there will be “dangerous” conditions in the mountains west of Lakeesse due to the several feet of new snow and strong winds.
The weather service issued a flash flood warning on Saturday when a few inches of rain fell on burn scars left by the fires.
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.
San Francisco Bay Area officials reported power outages and fallen trees, some of which damaged cars and homes. In Monte Rio, a small town along the Russian River in Sonoma County, firefighters responded to reports of trees falling on homes.
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 the first big storm we have had, and we have had several years of dry weather. Now they’re filling up with water and starting to topple over,” Baxman told the television station.
Snowfall and ice storms in California braced for a big snow storm Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon through the Palisades Tahoe ski resort
In the Sierra, about 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow already had fallen Saturday afternoon at Mammoth Mountain ski resort south of Yosemite where more than 10 feet (3 meters) of snow has been recorded since early November.
California has off to a very good start with the snow cover, which is a huge source of water for the state. The California Department of Water Resources said last week that the state’s snow pack was more than 50% of normal.
“The snowpack is about 225% of normal, so it’s more than twice what we’d be expecting this time in December,” said Mark Deutschendorf, forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Reno.
“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.”
While he noted the snow totals so far are impressive, Deutschendorf said he is “cautiously optimistic” about this precipitation putting a big dent in the state’s drought.
“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.
“(We’ve) never seen this much snow up here,” Kihara told CNN on Friday. We got up to it. It picked up a lot overnight. The roads around us are closed because of trees that are falling. Power is out and has been mostly gone since Tuesday.”
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.
The South Dakota Department of transportation warned Monday that roads in the state could be closed due to bad weather.
And an ice storm warning stretched Thursday morning from central Iowa to the Wisconsin-Illinois line and through southern Michigan – with freezing rain threatening ice accumulations that could make morning travel “nearly impossible” in places, the service said.
In Rhode Island, where Gov. Daniel McKee also warned of a difficult morning commute, all Providence schools were closed Tuesday. All state offices in Connecticut, as well as all schools in Hartford, were closed on Tuesday as the state braced for a big snowstorm that could make it feel like 10 inches of snow.
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The areas have seen a lot of relief from the hot, dry conditions. This week Tennessee went from being at just 4% to being at 50%, a change of nearly all the state.
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. Video footage from Oklahoma TV station KOCO showed substantial damage to a home in Wayne, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City.
The tornado was rated an EF-2 after it blew through with wind speeds reaching more than 200 miles per hour. It was likely on the ground for about two to four minutes, according to the weather service.
Five tornadoes were confirmed across north Texas as of Tuesday afternoon based on video and eyewitness reports, but potentially a dozen may have occurred, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas, reported.
The manager of the Flying J truck stop in Nebraska said there was no one traveling right now. He will not be able to get back to his house on Tuesday because of the roads being closed. Outside the doors, I can see to the first pole, but not the rest of the lot. I’ll probably just get a motel room here tonight.”
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This is a “we are not joking” kind of storm according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. People were urged to stock up on essentials and stay home.
“It will be a busy week while this system moves across the country,” said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s headquarters in Maryland.
In northern Utah, a tour bus crashed Monday morning as snow and frigid temperatures blanketed the region. The bus flipped onto its side in Tremonton after the driver lost control while switching lanes, the state’s Highway Patrol said in a statement. The highway patrol said 23 people were injured.
More than 1,300 U.S. flights were canceled Tuesday morning, and over 1,900 were delayed as of 11:30 a.m. ET, according to the flight tracker FlightAware. Dallas Love Field Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport were the airports where most of the flight disruptions took place.
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 downed power lines on rain-soaked streets, as well as toppled trees, damaged buildings and a semitrailer that appeared to have been tossed around a parking lot.
The northeast part of Colorado is closed all the time. The severe weather in the ranching region could also threaten livestock. Extreme winds can push livestock through fences as they follow the gale’s direction, said Jim Santomaso, a northeast representative for the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
In parts of central Minnesota, several inches of fluffy snow are expected Wednesday, followed by high winds, creating the potential for blizzard conditions. There is at least 35 mph winds with falling or blowing snow which reduces visibility to less than a quarter mile for at least three hours.
There was more than a foot of snow in many areas of interior New England, but officials are warning people to stay off the roads for the weekend before Christmas.
As millions in the Northeastern region are under winter weather alert Friday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul put out a warning about the dangers of the dangerous road conditions the storm is threatening to bring.
“We urge everyone in the impacted regions to avoid unnecessary travel tonight and tomorrow,” Hochul said in a Thursday statement. “Work from home if possible, stay off the roads, and make sure you and your loved ones remain vigilant.”
In anticipation of what will be a week of travel nightmares, United, American, Delta, Southwest and Jet Blue have issued travel waivers for dozens of airports across the country from the South to the Northeast, because in addition to snow covering roadways, low visibility could make air travel dangerous.
More than 115,000 customers are without power because of a strong storm system that has brought heavy rain, mountain snow, and strong wind gusts to the western United States.
Strong winds may cause power lines in the Midwest to fall, especially in places where heavy snow fell last week. Millions will find a way to stay warm when temperatures plummet to below freezing.
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.
Powerful winds whirled by blizzard conditions knocked down power lines in the Upper Midwest as temperatures in some areas plummeted to near or below freezing, leaving thousands without proper heating.
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A mother and her son died Tuesday when a tornado decimated their home in Louisiana, local officials said.
Thursday will also bring a swath of icy weather for some big cities, including Chicago. Ice could cause problems in parts of the Ohio Valley, yet it’s difficult to know where it will occur. 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.
All 11 Western states are expecting rain or snow, with the heaviest impacts predicted for California. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the rain, snow and wind have already knocked out power to about 126,000 customers in Oregon, 28,000 in Washington state and 22,000 in California, according to poweroutage.us.
Nearly 40,000 homes and businesses in Vermont remained without electricity as of early Saturday, making them the state with the most outage per capita.
State police in Vermont said officers responded to a multitude of car crashes Friday and advised drivers to slow down. The roads were closed because of the storm.
Over a 36-hour period, 24.5 inches of snow fell in the Vermont town of Wilmington as well as more than 19 inches in Landgrove and Ludlow, the weather service said.
There is a chance that 2 feet of snow can accumulate in areas near Buffalo, New York. The weather service said the snow bands are likely to be narrow and lead to a change in conditions over a short distance.
“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.
Washington DC is expected to see the second most frigid Christmas Eve in its history. In New York, it will be the coldest Christmas Eve since 1906. Chicago is expecting temperatures to rebound above zero, but will still experience its coldest Christmas Eve since 1983.
More than half a million people along the higher elevation of the Rockies are under a high wind alert Wednesday, with gusts potentially reaching Category 1 Hurricane strength. According to Poweroutage.us, electricity has been knocked out in parts of Oregon.
The places that escape snow will not escape the cold. Beginning Thursday morning, the air will be very cold from eastern Montana through the Dakotas. Temperatures will be running 40 degrees below normal for these places. The combination of cold temperatures and windy conditions will send wind chills as low as 50 degrees below zero.
The air feels so cold it can cause skin damage in a matter of minutes in most areas and some isolated locations.
The NWS said lowlands in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming could get as much as a foot of snow on Tuesday. The region could see ice and snow on Thursday.
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As the storm moves east this week, it stands to make holiday travel difficult, if not dangerous, in many places, with forecasters urging people to be prepared to make changes.
A winter storm watch is in effect starting Thursday night and lasting into Friday evening in Chicago, which is expected to be one of the hardest hit cities. With blizzard conditions likely, holiday travel could grind to a halt for many seeking to celebrate with family and loved ones.
In Texas, the National Weather Service made it a point to reassure residents this week’s unusually cold temperatures are not expected to affect the state as severely as last year’s brutal winter storms, when millions of people lost power during a weeklong extreme weather event in February 2021.
The weather service said that water pipes were at risk of bursting. A wind chill watch is in effect for Amarillo, Texas.
“Outdoor pipes will be at risk due to well below freezing temps and windy conditions late this week,” the weather service in Fort Worth said. “Make sure to cover pipes and let faucets drip!”
The latest bulletin from the National Weather Service (NWS) names the cause as a “strong arctic high pressure system,” which swept down from Canada on Tuesday and appears poised to march towards the Southeast on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving a wake of life-threatening weather systems across 17 states.
The incoming arctic front will then cross over the northern Rockies, Great Basin and Northern Plains regions, sending temperatures plummeting as low as minus 30 degrees and winds gusting as fast as 60 mph.
As of Tuesday morning, air travel appeared largely undisturbed by the approaching polar front, with more than 575 delays and 285 cancellations at airports across the U.S., according to the tracking site Flight Aware.
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The American Red Cross says to “wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat. The outer garments should be resistant to water. The loss of body heat is prevented by mittens or gloves and a hat.
While the northern Rockies and northern Plains will be temperatures 30 to 40 degrees below average, temperatures in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic will be 20 to 30 degrees above normal.
“Whiteout conditions are expected during that time with travel becoming very difficult or impossible,” said the weather service. “This event could be life-threatening if you are stranded with wind chills in the 30 below to 45 below zero range.”
“Overall, concern continues to increase in the quick development of dangerous conditions Thursday afternoon with potentially significant impacts to the evening peak travel window,” warned the weather service office in Chicago.
It is possible that snow could fall as far south as Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Nashville and even Alabama on Thursday. Little to no accumulation is expected for most of the southern cities, however, Nashville could pick up about an inch of snow.
Thursday: The storm is expected to become a “bomb cyclone” on Friday. A bomb storm is when the storm gets much stronger then the standard 24 millibars in a day.
The storm is expected to reach the pressure equivalent of a Category 3 Hurricane, as it makes its way toward the Great Lakes, according to the weather service.
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In a case like this, snow totals may not be the whole story. Poor visibility and slippery spots on roads can be created by even small snow amounts when combined with very strong wind gusts. The weather service explained that sudden arrivals of the conditions can increase the danger.
Jackson and Birmingham will both spend more than 80 hours below freezing between Friday and Monday. Houston could sit below freezing for 46 hours between Thursday and Saturday.
The temperature is going to fall to 10 degrees below zero by sunrise and the wind will make it feel as cold as minus 25. The high-temperature tomorrow will likely not make it above zero degrees.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Wednesday so he could take action to keep temperatures from falling into the negative digits by Friday.
The declaration will help “ensure that essential supplies, especially propane can be delivered for both commercial and residential needs,” the governor told reporters.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency with forecasts for wind gusts to reach 40 to 50 mph on Friday and then minus 10 to minus 26 degrees wind chills on Saturday. Beshear asked residents to stay off roads and to have a backup heat source.
Hundreds of miles of road closings and flight cancellation were growing rapidly, disrupting all modes of travel. Part of the Long Beach branch was temporarily shut down because of flooding in New York.
Mick Saunders was two hours into the snowstorm and said that Christmas is canceled. All family and friends agreed that it was safer this way.
In Kentucky, three people died due to the storm, including two in vehicle crashes and the other a “housing insecure” person in Louisville, Gov. Andy Beshear said. Police said the cause of the man’s death was not obvious and his body was found without obvious signs of trauma.
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 car went down the embankment, over the wall, and ended up submerged in the creek, according to police.
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The agency said that the National Weather Service had a Watch Warning graphic, which was one of the greatest amounts of warnings and advisories ever.
The press conference was held Friday afternoon and Hochul called it a kitchen sink storm. Mother nature walloped us this weekend 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.
“My mother lives about 30 minutes away and so does my sister and her family, in the other direction,” he said. We always get together on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but we are all hunkering down in our houses until Monday.
Much of Florida will experience the peak of their cold on Christmas Day. It will be coldest Christmas Day since 1983 for Miami, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach.
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Flight cancellations began to rise on Wednesday morning. As of 8 a.m. ET, more than 1,600 flights had been canceled, with Minneapolis International Airport scrapping roughly half of its arrivals.
It will remain very cold, with Friday bringing record low temperatures from the Lower Mississippi Valley northeastwards to the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys and stretching across large sections of the east.
• Whiteout conditions: Blizzard conditions may exist even if snowfall stops, because high winds can pick up snow already on the ground and cause low visibility.
Nearly half of all flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were canceled when the runways were closed because of the ice. All express services for Sound transit were suspended Friday due to icy conditions.
Dawn O’Hair left Chicago for Indianapolis with warm thoughts of young romance as she contemplated the cold and harsh possibility of a Midwestern road trip in winter.
Her weekend visit, back in the winter of 1997-98, did not go well. After a fight with her boyfriend, O’Hair got back into her car early Monday morning and went to work.
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I was in whiteout conditions. She said that she had trouble keeping control of her car. The wind was out of control. The snow was not straight. It was super hard to see. It was terrible.
“I got nervous and decided to pull over [but] my car got stuck,” she said. I did not know what to do. I tried to figure out a way to get traction, but didn’t have luck.
She was in a mess. She hadn’t checked the forecasts. She didn’t have anything warm to wear. No blankets. No winter kit. Her car and a bit of time to think about how things went wrong so fast.
And on the first week of winter in 2022, a monster “bomb cyclone” with possibly dangerous blizzards had almost the entire United States on icy pins and needles.
Unless you live in a year-round warm climate and plan to stay there, it’s important to know how winter storms behave, how to avoid and prepare for them, and heaven forbid, what to do in the worst-case scenario.
The National Weather Service says a blizzard must have large amounts of falling snow or blowing snow, winds greater than 35 mph (56 kph) and visibility of less than a quarter mile (0.4 km) for at least three hours. A ground blizzard has no falling snow; instead, it blows around snow that had fallen before the blizzard kicked up.
There are dangers to a weather system with snow and ice. Blizzards, however, are one of the most dangerous types of winter storms.
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“If you’re going on a road trip, make sure to check the weather forecasts about a week in advance of your trip and keep an eye on the forecast as it develops,” Muccilli said.
Muccilli said that you should check the whole route, not just the starting and ending points.
If you are going hiking or camping, you must check forecasts, according to the National Wildlife Federation’s California executive director.
Just because it’s fall, spring or even summer in some places doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check the forecast. They can lull you into a false sense of security because the guard might not be up as much in winter.
You can start out on a hike on a late fall day if you encounter a dangerous wintry blast, but you have to stay in the park.
The upper Midwest and the Great Plains are the most common areas in which to get aizzards. In Russia, central and northeastern Asia, China, northern Europe and Canada are the places where you will most often encounter them.
Remember O’Hair’s predicament. It’s important to bring along winter clothing even if it’s not that cold or threatening as you depart or you just plan on staying in your car.
The Massachusetts government website says Layering is important, and should be used instead of a single heavy layer.
If you’re outside, the Red Cross also says to cover your mouth to protect your lungs from severely cold air. Don’t gulp in deep breaths of frigid air and talk as little as possible.
— Proper footwear — Enough water and food– A headlamp and a lighter– A whistle– A first aid kit– A map is a navigation tool. In the event of an accident, a device to transmit your location. A probe to pinpoint your exact location– A shovel to dig out– An airbag pack to increase your chances of staying near the surface of an avalanche.
Muccilli said if you want to be seen, you should stay inside your vehicle until you can set road flares or wear a colorful cloth. Contact emergency services with as much information about your situation as you can.
If conditions are safe, you can try to throw down sand, rock salt, dirt, cardboard and kitty litter in order to give your vehicle more traction. If this does not work, call for roadside assistance or emergency services.”
The NWS advises not to leave your vehicle to walk for help during a blizzard. You could get disoriented. You should keep the motor running for 10 minutes an hour for heat, and open the window for fresh air, it says. Clear snow away from the exhaust pipe if possible.
It’s important that you have the correct safety gear for all of your outside activities. This may include, but is not limited to.
People enjoying a day (or night) at a ski resort should check the local weather forecast just before heading out to the slopes, said Rick Shandler, national program director of the Safety Team at National Ski Patrol.
“People want to get the most value out of their lift tickets and may stay out past what common sense dictates” when blizzards, dense fog or other bad weather is approaching, he said.
— A fully charged cell phone in an inner pocket. The cold can quickly sap your battery if it’s in an outer pocket. Before you go out, you must get the number of the ski patrol at the resort.
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Pratt said the closest she ever came to dying in a blizzard was in her college years back in 1990. She was hiking on Mount Washington with two friends in New Hampshire, and she was in June.
The only way that we were able to get to the Mount Washington railway was by locating the tracks. So we had breadcrumbs to follow. We would have had to hunker down if we had not been near those train tracks. The wind was so fierce it had shredded our rain gear.”
It’s an ill-advised action to walk away from the storm. When you are cold, you burn more energy in navigation. You’ll find a shelter. If there is none to find, build a snow cave if there’s enough snow. Wait it out.
See if you can make a lean-to, windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind. If you can, set a fire. Put rocks close to the fire to retain heat. Global Rescue says even low-hanging tree branches could provide some protection.
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If you want to keep warm, move your arms, legs, fingers, and toes from time to time. But don’t overload it. Hard labor and the cold can cause a heart attack. Sweating could lead to a chill and hypothermia,” the NWS website says.
Fortunately for Dawn O’Hair, what she lacked in winter preparation she made up for in a good decision, good luck and good connections with people in northern Indiana.
Less than an hour later, a young woman pulled up and offered her a ride to a gas station. That woman was taking her boyfriend to an Indiana state police post when he was a police officer. She was able to reach a cousin who was willing to give her refuge, and she was taken to that cousin’s house via snowmobile.
I would have made better plans if I had more attention to the weather forecast. I probably would have left the day before, but young love is kinda stupid, ya know?”
Colin Bourgeois, a Portland-based arborist, told KATU that trees in Portland could be torn down by strong winds.
The heat domes that occur in the summer take a lot of tree energy to help their immune systems fight off diseases, and it damages trees.
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Portland recorded 2.12 inches of rain, breaking the old record of 1.08 inches set on December 26, 1996. Monday was the third-rainiest December day on record in Portland.
The western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as the coastal portion of southern Oregon down through the Bay Area and to Los Angeles County are prone to flash-flooding.
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles advised against warmth on Monday. Between today and Tuesday there will be a big drop in temperatures. 15-20 degrees of cooling will come from the approaching storm system.
The system that left thousands without power in Oregon and closed an interstate in Colorado will sweep through the East on Friday and Saturday. There will be rain showers in the Northeast on Saturday and then storms in the South on Friday.
In New York City and Washington, DC, New Year’s Eve celebrations are likely to be on the low side. Los Angeles, too, is expected to ring in a soggy new year.
A flood watch was in effect across much of Northern California through New Year’s Eve. Officials warned that rivers and streams could overflow and urged residents to get sandbags ready.
The Weather Prediction Center said that the slight risk area mostly highlights places that are already high in soil moisture, burn scars and urban areas.
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Drivers were left stranded for nine hours when the I-70 was closed because of heavy mountain snow and widespread rain.
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.
Highway 70 east of Chico, which was partially closed by a slide, is one of the roads that the state transportation agency reported as having been closed. Highway 50 was closed in El Dorado County because 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. With rain continuing to fall, it could threaten the nearly three-decade old record.
The highway patrol said a section of U.S. 101 south of San Francisco was closed because of flooding. The stairs in Oakland turned into a waterfall after a lot of heavy rains, while mud-colored water flowed along San Francisco streets.
Weather service meteorologist Courtney Carpenter said the storm could drop over an inch of rain in the Sacramento area before moving south. One ski resort south of Lake Tahoe had to close their chair lifts because of flooding and operational problems and also posted a photo on social media showing its empty chairs surrounded by water.
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.
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A car that appeared to be stuck in a lot of water was posted by the police department.
The rain was welcomed in drought-parched California, but much more precipitation is needed to make a significant difference. The past three years in California have been the driest on record.
The earthquake that struck on December 20 caused floods in the area according to the National Weather Service. The bridge that was temporarily closed due to earthquake damage may be closed again if the Eel River gets too high.
The storms were expected to hit the state over the next week. The current system is expected to be warm and wet, while next week’s storms will be cooler, said Hannah Chandler-Cooley.
“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.
Michael Anderson, the state’s climatologist, said at a news conference that he was keeping an eye on three other systems farther out in the Pacific.
According to the National Weather Service, the ice storm stretching from Texas to Tennessee will continue through at least Thursday morning, with expected icy precipitation affecting travel and causing scattered power failures.
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. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she activated winter weather support teams from the Arkansas National Guard.
With icy and snowy conditions on roads across the state Tuesday morning, a number of accidents have already been reported. The Austin Fire Department said it was seeing a spike in multiple-car pile-ups causing significant injuries and that at least one person had died in a collision.
Abbott said in a statement that people should check DriveTexas.org before traveling and that they should heed guidance from local officials.
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The Associated Press reported that many colleges and schools in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas would switch to online education on Tuesday.
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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. Waves up to 20 feet can cause beach erosion when they are just offshore.
“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 also warns of wind chills falling to 25 degrees below zero.
From Tuesday to Friday, more than 130 cities could set new daily high temperature records and some could even set new monthly records, including Atlanta, Orlando, Birmingham, Charlotte and Richmond.
Whether you are buried under three feet of snow and experiencing frigid temperatures or basking in the sunshine and record warmth, this week will touch nearly all corners of the country with wild weather.
At the same time, it will feel more like early summer across the Southeast and up into the Midwest, as nearly 150 million Americans will see a high above 70 degrees this week. The contrast across the country will be stark, as highs in the Dakotas will be below zero and highs in central Florida surge into the 90s.
The predictions center said there will be rain and storms across the Midwest and Plains late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Severe storms could hit the Upper Midwest on Wednesday.
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Cities in the Florida peninsula are expected to reach into the 90’s on Thursday as the mercury goes up into the 70’s and 80’s. These temperatures are usually around the 35 degree mark and are typically highs in May or early June.
The governor directed the state’s National Guard, transportation department and state patrol to be prepared to respond to storm impacts.
In South Dakota:Sioux Falls. In addition to the up to 4 inches of snow the state has already seen, snowfall up to 16 inches and winds of 45 mph are also expected.
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 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.
People living in northern states of the US are bracing for high winds and heavy snow, which is predicted to cause whiteout conditions on Wednesday.
The state’s National Guard, transportation department, and state patrol would be ready to respond to the governor’s order, as schools across Minnesota announced that they were closing.
Minnesota Snowfall and Power Outages Through the Second-Centrifugal Snowfall in the Twin Rockies and the Mid-Atlantic
Some parts of the southeast and mid-Atlantic will see highs in the 70’s and 80’s on Wednesday, as temperatures aren’t expected to rise above 50 degrees in Southern California.
“The forecast temperature gradient from the Mid-Atlantic into New England Thursday is worth noting, as highs in the 80s in Virginia drop to the single digits in northern Maine,” the NWS said in its bulletin.
After more than 40 inches of snow fell in the south of the state over the course of a couple of days, crews in Wyoming were searching for people who were stuck in the snow.
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. Gordon Shank said in a series of tweets.
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.
• Wisconsin airport preemptively closed: Green Bay’s international airport canceled the remainder of its daily flights Wednesday evening and most of its flights Thursday morning.
Gov. Janet Mills announced that state offices would be closed as the storm was expected to bring significant snowfall to most of the state.
Mid-Atlantic Temperatures during the February Breakout of the Big Crunch and Big Bounce, and Implications for Electricity and Agriculture in Michigan
Atlanta was 81 degrees on Wednesday, an all-time record in February. Washington, D.C., reached 79 degrees, New Orleans reached 83 degrees and Nashville, Tenn., was 80 degrees on Wednesday.
The warm temperatures seen in Mid-Atlantic states were noteworthy according to the National Weather Service. The temperature in Nashville, Tennessee, and the one inRichmond, Virginia, were both 84 and 83 degrees on Thursday.
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.” Small tornadoes on land can be seen in the two counties.
San Jose and other places in the region have been issued a freeze warning for Friday evening through Saturday morning. The sub-freezing conditions will be especially dangerous to unsheltered populations, crops and unprotected outdoor plumbing.
Michigan in particular was hit with freezing rain and ice that disrupted travel and was risky for livestock and infrastructure. Port Austin and Midland saw the most snow, with 8 inches and 8.9 inches respectively. The National Weather service said that the south had a lot of ice.
Some Los Angeles-area roads turned into rivers on Friday after bouts of heavy rain, prompting a flash flood warning from the weather service.
Heavy rainfall is expected to continue through the weekend over areas at lower elevations as overnight flash flooding was ongoing north and west of Los Angeles, the Weather Prediction Center said early Saturday.
Saturday’s rain will hit already soaked grounds, exacerbating impacts of possible flooding as the region faces back-to-back storms this week. In late December into January, much the state was thrashed with rounds of deadly flooding.
The aftermath of the same weather system that struck California and numerous states spanning the country earlier this week is still affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Midwest.
One of Michigan’s largest electricity providers says that 620,000 of their customers have been impacted by the storms. About 600,000 of their customers had their power restored by Sunday night.
DTE, one of Michigan’s largest electric providers, is restoring power to stricken areas but cautioned it will not be able to return service to most customers before Sunday.
A Major Winter Storm Has Provoked Blizzard and Flood Warnings Across California: Icy Conditions Contributed to the Massachusetts Turnkey Pileup
The Massachusetts State Police said on Friday that icy conditions contributed to the massive pileup on theMassachusettsTurnkey.
LOS ANGELES — A powerful winter storm that swept down the West Coast with flooding and frigid temperatures shifted its focus to southern California on Saturday, piling up snow and swelling rivers with runoff.
Blizzard warnings continued in the mountains and flood advisories blanketed the region, but forecasters offered some relief, predicting the storm would taper off later in the day.
The Ventura County had 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain by 6 a.m. on Saturday as the weather service said the flooding was no longer a threat.
Brian Wheeler, spokesman for Consumers Energy, said that half an inch (1.26 centimeters) of ice was heavier than a baby grand piano.
In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Allison Rinker was using a borrowed generator to keep her 150-year-old house warm Saturday after two nights in the cold and dark.
She said the spirits were low on the second day. “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 the ice that fell off the trees was hitting the car so hard that she was afraid it would crack. “There’s just tree limbs everywhere, half of the trees just falling down. The destruction is insane.
High-Temperature Southern Storms with Low-Pressure Winds and Snow During the Week-Winter 2004-2005 Yukawa Event
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.
The cold weather in the North and West led to wild temperatures in the southern states. The high temperature for the U.S. on Friday was 93 degrees Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius) at Falcon Lake, Texas, while the low was minus-35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) near Huntley, Montana.
At least three people have died in the coast-to-coast storms. A Michigan firefighter died Wednesday after coming into contact with a downed power line, while in Rochester, Minnesota, a pedestrian died after being hit by a city-operated snowplow. There was a death of a person in Portland.
The 5 freeway was closed in Oregon because of the weather service’s warnings of a reduction in visibility from blowing snow.
Tim Varner sat huddled with blankets in a Portland storefront doorway shielding him from some of the wind, ice and snow. The homeless man said that it wasn’t easy to get his belongings to a shelter because he had a shopping cart with him.
Effect of a Multi-Day Blizzar Warning on the Yosemite Valley, the Great Lakes, and Los Padres National Park
He said it was impossible. The snow builds up on the wheels of your cart, making it hard for you to get traction. So you’re stuck.
In addition to several inches of rain, there were also more than three inches of rain in Costa Mesa, Mount Woodson and Carlsbad Airport.
The storm made travel hazardous in some areas. In the Los Padres National Forest, State Route 33 has been closed due to rock slides from previous storms.
In order to protect them from damage and to make sure they are still deployed, the Air Force moved most of their aircraft to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.
Yosemite National Park was closed Saturday due to severe weather and will not reopen until at least Wednesday as a multi-day blizzard warning remains in effect across Yosemite Valley, the park announced. The park said the valley could see between 55 and 84 inches of snow by Wednesday.
A derecho is a widespread, long-lived windstorm that often causes damage in one direction across a relatively straight path. It says that a derecho should extend more than 243 miles and include wind gusts of at least 58 mph.
Students at the University of Oklahoma were told to take shelter on Sunday night after a tornado warning, which was lifted later that night.
Roughly a dozen families displaced by a tornado in Liberal, Kansas, are being accommodated and about 10 trailers were also damaged, City Manager Rusty Varnado said. He said the injuries are minor and that at least one person was injured by broken glass.
The Great Lakes will be hit by more storms in the coming week, including Michigan which still has over 142,000 homes and businesses without power after the previous storms.
New York City, Boston, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office are Expecting to see 2-8 inches of Snow on Monday
Those under winter weather advisories could possibly see 2 to 8 inches of snow as a result of another round of precipitation on Monday.
CNN meteorologists think Boston and New York City are on track for their largest snow events of the season because of the warm winter.
The unusually snowless winter prompted Mayor Gary Christenson of Malden, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, to declare winter over on February 8, when he tweeted the city was lifting all winter parking restrictions for its roughly 65,000 residents.
Winter weather alerts, which include both winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories, are in effect for parts of central Pennsylvania through central Maine through Tuesday, according to the weather service. The highest snow amounts are expected across interior portions of New York, Connecticut and into the Berkshire mountains in Massachusetts, where up to a foot of fresh powder is possible.
The Eastern part of the United States is in a snow shortage with some areas down by as much as three feet.
As the Climate Warms, the period between snow events is likely to increase, and that may be a problem for coastal Northeastern cities. According to the US National Climate Assessment, as the temperature goes up in the Northeast, there will be more rainy days along the coast and less snow.
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.
Some residents in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains have been trapped by the snow since last week and they’re now watching their gas stations and grocery stores run low on supplies, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff.
San Bernardino County declared a local emergency Monday to seek state and federal assistance with clearing the snow as crews worked to make single-lane pathways for first responders.
Among those trapped were more than 600 students who were scheduled to return home last Friday but got stuck at their camps due to the storm. California Highway Patrol escorted the children’s buses down the mountain on Monday so they could reunite with their families, according to an Irvine Unified School District spokeswoman.
“If you plan to travel by road at elevations above 1,000 feet through West Coast states, be prepared for rapidly changing conditions and have winter driving supplies,” the National Weather Service warned.
Chains and know how to use them, bring them. If you are delayed, it is important to have an emergency kit with warm clothes, snacks and water. Make sure your car is ready with good tires and working blades, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.
The Oklahoman Bounds on State-Structured Biological Habitats from the 2004 Tsunami Phenomenon
Officials in Oklahoma are still assessing the damage, though the most concentrated impacts appear to be in Norman, Shawnee and possibly Cheyenne, according to a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.