Entries in Freezing Rain (3)


Storm Causes Deaths, Injuries, Power Outages; Affects Travel

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) -- A winter storm left a 2,000-mile-long trail of snow and ice from the Midwest to the Northeast and two thirds of the nation facing downed power lines, shuttered highways and thousands of airport cancellations.

Several deaths have been blamed on the storm labeled a "winter storm of historic proportions" by the National Weather Service.

Sandra Joslin, 50, of Wichita, Kansas, died when her car got stuck on a set of train tracks in the snow, ABC affiliate KAKE reported.  Joslin was on her way to work at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when she got stuck.  She was thrown out of her car when the train hit the vehicle.

A man in Detroit died in a traffic accident caused by icy roads, the Detroit News reported, while in New York, a homeless man burned to death when he tried to light cans of cooking fuel to stay warm.

The storm that pounded the Midwest moved east Tuesday.  Hospitals in the Northeast saw spikes in emergency room visits from people slipping and sliding on ice.  Emergency rooms were seeing a spike in ankle, wrist and head injuries, doctors said.

In Middletown, Connecticut, the roof of a building housing several shops collapsed, the Hartford Courant reported.  No one was injured.  Two workers heard a cracking noise and ran.

That was one of several roofs in the region to collapse.

In Boston, several planes were damaged when a roof caved at the Norwood Memorial Airport, ABC Affiliate WCVB reported.  The freezing rain and snow was piling on top of the mounds of snow from past storms.

The nation's heartland took the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals of a foot and a half or more piling up in parts of Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.  Parts of Michigan, Ohio and Massachusetts also got more than a foot of snow.

Amtrak service in the Midwest and Northeast was curtailed.  Several trains scheduled to depart from Chicago were canceled.  Trains were operating on a delayed schedule in some parts of the Northeast.

Across the nation, 5,634 flights had been canceled as of 12:20 p.m. ET, according to Flightaware.  The total number of flights canceled this week swelled to 13,608 flights.

Chicago's O'Hare Airport, perhaps the hardest hit, was closed Tuesday after 20.2 inches of snow fell in the city and high winds created blizzard conditions.  Chicago's public schools were also closed for the first time in 12 years. 

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Snowstorm Pounds Midwest with Snow, Ice, Freezing Temps

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) -- A powerful winter snowstorm pounded the Midwest with heavy snow, ice, high winds and freezing temperatures Tuesday as it moved eastward Wednesday morning.

Some forecasters said it could be the worst snowstorm the country has seen in more than 40 years.

More than a foot of snow was expected to fall on a 2,100-mile stretch from New Mexico to Maine.  The National Weather Service even warned that high winds on Lake Michigan could produce waves of 25 feet, leading to coastal flooding, particularly along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for nine states with the storm expected especially to affect Oklahoma City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Des Moines, Chicago and Milwaukee.

Besides snow, rain will create icy conditions stretching from southern Missouri, across central Illinois, through Indiana and Ohio and into western Pennsylvania.

Below-zero temperatures are possible from the Dakotas to Denver, with the wind chill diving to as low as 40 below zero in the Great Plains.

In the Midwest and Great Plains, residents are bracing for Wednesday's weather conditions, the second system to pass through the region since Sunday.  Forecasters predict up to an inch of ice, along with three to four inches of sleet and possibly more snow.

In St. Louis, forecasters expected light freezing drizzle Tuesday night into Wednesday, with snow to blanket the central and northeastern part of the state.

In Wisconsin, extreme snow is expected, with snow showers continuing into Wednesday afternoon.

However, forecasters said Chicago would bear the brunt of the storm.  The city could receive up to two feet of snow.  Parts of northern Indiana could receive nearly three feet.  Chicago forecasters predict the storm will rank as one of the top snowstorms to hit the city.

While the Northeast is no stranger to snow, this storm will be the seventh storm to hit the region in the past 35 days.  The string started with the Dec. 26 blizzard that left the region's transportation systems crippled.

New York received snow and some light freezing rain Tuesday morning, with heavy sleet expected later into Wednesday.

North of Philadelphia into Connecticut, a winter storm warning is in place for significant ice accumulation.

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Winter Storm to Affect 100 Million in US; 30 States Under Advisories

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) -- A large winter storm set to affect 100 million people across the U.S. is building over the plains States and midwest Monday and making its way eastward.

At least 30 states from the Southwest to New England were placed under weather advisories Monday, with a blizzard watch issued for Chicago.  There, 18 inches of snow and 45-mile-per-hour wind gusts are expected, creating blizzard-type white-out conditions that could cripple air travel.

The storm is expected to begin Monday across the middle part of the country and will progress towards the Atlantic coast by Wednesday, bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain to several states.

Bracing for what could be a travel nightmare, carriers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, like United and Frontier, issued travel waivers Monday, which allow people flying Tuesday and Wednesday in the heart of the storm to change their travel arrangements for free.  The airport, which handles 2,300 flights daily, also has 1,000 cots ready to go should passengers be stranded over the storm.

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