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Holiday Storm Dumps Snow on Northeast

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The powerful winter storm that pounded the Midwest is expected to drop more than a foot of snow on some parts of the Northeast, bringing more travel plans to a screeching halt with high winds, snow and sleet.

Overnight, the storm dropped close to a foot of snow in Buffalo, N.Y., and nine inches in Rochester, N.Y., while 7.5 inches were reported in Indianapolis -- the most snow in four years.  Anywhere from one to more than three inches of rain fell from Washington, D.C., to Boston, as wind gusts as strong as 74 mph blew in New Jersey.

The rain is expected to subside on Thursday, with wind gusts near 60 mph remaining.  But snow showers will continue in upstate New York and into northern New England, where more than a foot of snow could fall.

As of Thursday morning, more than 150,000 customers from Texas to Maine were without power because of the storm.  More than 130,000 of those power outages have been reported in Arkansas.

Six people have died, mostly in weather-related car crashes.  

Thirteen states remain under winter storm warnings, blizzard warnings and advisories, down from 18 during the height of the storm.

More than 350 flights nationwide have already been canceled on Thursday, down from the 1,777 flights that were canceled on Wednesday, according to  The majority of the cancellations are in the Northeast, which is experiencing the brunt of the storm as it moves out to sea.

That frustration is even boiling over into the cockpit.  One American Airlines pilot was clearly fed up after waiting for five hours to take off from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Tuesday.

"It's beyond reproach.  I have no words to tell you how sorry I am for all of this. Decisions are being made way above our heads by people that obviously, in my humble opinion, don't have a clue what they're doing," the pilot said to passengers on the plane.

Passengers on that plane told ABC News affiliate WFAA that the flight never left the gate on its trip to Las Vegas.

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Severe Winter Weather Upends Holiday Travel Plans

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Snow, wind and rain have disrupted holiday travel plans across the Midwest, South and Northeast over the past two days, prompting reports of 200 severe weather incidents and four tornadoes.

Lashing winds and blowing snow stretched from Nebraska to Michigan overnight, shutting down major highways across the region as drivers struggled to stay on the road.  At least 1,000 accidents have been reported, with one north of Des Moines, Iowa, where at least 25 vehicles slammed into each other.  There were so many accidents in Iowa that the National Guard was called in to help motorists, including pre-teen Isaac Wilson.

"The U.S. Army came and put us in this really fancy truck, and we got blankets and snacks and drove all the way here," Wilson of Millard, Iowa, told ABC News.

Two tornadoes reportedly touched down in Arkansas, while one was reported in Alabama and another in Florida.  The most significant damage was from a tornado in Mobile, Ala., with winds of 86 to 110 mph and a path length of 7 miles.

Severe storms have moved off shore on Friday and the Southeast and the Gulf Coast are expected to dry out.

Up to 20 inches of snow fell in Madison, Wis., while up to 14 inches fell in Iowa.  Madison, Dubuque, Iowa, and Des Moines all had daily record snowfall on Thursday.  The University of Wisconsin cancelled some final exams.

In Chicago, the rain finally changed to snow, but the precipitation has almost ended, so less than a half an inch of snow has accumulated at O'Hare Airport.  Still, there were 600 flight cancellations reported on Thursday, as people struggle with pre-Christmas travel.

Snow is coming to an end in Chicago, and most of the Midwest.  A few more inches are still possible for Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Thirteen states from Iowa to Maine are under winter weather watches, warnings and advisories.

In the Northeast, high-wind warnings have been posted for major cities, from Washington, D.C., to New York and Boston, with some minor damage and power outages possible.

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Nor'easter Sets Back Recovery from Superstorm Sandy

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Many Northeast residents still reeling from superstorm Sandy were left in the dark again on Wednesday after a nor'easter blew over the region.

For many frustrated residents in New York and New Jersey, who had just recently gotten power back and were drying off after being inundated with flood waters, the storm was the last thing they needed.

"I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Wednesday.

The nor'easter brought wet snow, sleet, rain and wind gusts that reached up to 54 mph on Long Island, N.Y., Wednesday afternoon through the evening.

Con Ed said on Thursday the storm knocked out power to approximately 55,000 customers in New York City and Westchester County.

The Long Island Power Authority said "last night's storm has caused additional damage and power outages."  Its current outage tally -- from both Sandy and the nor'easter -- stands at more than 206,000 customers.

In New Jersey, Christie ordered evacuations along the southern coastline before the storm.

"We may take a step back in the next 24 hours," he said.  "You need to be prepared for that.  I'm prepared for that.  I hate setbacks.  I don't tolerate them usually very well but this one I can't control."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered all parks, playgrounds and beaches closed and all construction sites to be secured.  On Tuesday evening, he ordered three nursing homes and an adult-care facility evacuated from Queens' vulnerable Rockaway peninsula.

"It is a good idea to stay indoors," Bloomberg warned on Wednesday.  "Hurricane Sandy weakened trees and storm debris blow around dangerously."

The nor'easter is winding down Thursday morning for New Jersey and New York, but snow will continue on Thursday for parts of New England, where an additional 2 to 6 inches are possible.

New Haven, Conn., was walloped on Wednesday with more than 10 inches of snow, while more than 4 inches fell in Central Park and near 6 inches in Newark, N.J.

The highest recorded wind gust was 76 mph in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

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Tropical Storm Isaac Continues to Dump Rain on Louisiana

NOAA-NASA GOES Project(NEW YORK) -- As slow-moving tropical storm Isaac moves away from New Orleans, surrounding areas of Louisiana are expected to see almost two feet of rain and more dangerous floods by the end of the week.  Meanwhile, seven tornadoes have spun off from Isaac in Mississippi and Alabama so far.

A tornado that touched down in Gulfport, Miss., has caused the most damage, where significant destruction to homes has been reported.  Carlos Redmond, a spokesman for Harrison County Emergency Management said they're still assessing the damage.

"We're looking for daylight.  That's what we're looking for.  We'll be able to tell a lot more at that time," Redmond told ABC News on Thursday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said tornadoes are possible along the central Gulf Coast region and parts of the lower Mississippi Valley through Thursday.

The rising waters from rain and flooding has already left locals scrambling up to attics and onto roofs.  The main parishes that are an area of concern are those that sit around Lake Pontchartrain.  With another four to seven inches of rain expected, many officials are worried about the rising waters.

Officials in LaPlace, La. -- about 25 miles northwest of New Orleans -- in St. John the Baptist Parish said the situation is dire.

"I'm afraid the tide is really going to catch some of us off guard tonight," Parish President Layton Ricks told ABC News late Wednesday night.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in LaPlace since 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to a National Guard officer, with more than a 1,000 waiting for rescue, as the city sees its worst flooding in 40 years.  The Louisiana National Guard said they will be out in force Thursday across St. John the Baptist Parish, assisting in rescue efforts.

Towns southwest of New Orleans have already gotten about 20 inches of rain, with another four to seven inches possible.  New Orleans International Airport has officially seen 10 inches of rain so far.

More than 725,000 homes and businesses throughout Louisiana are without power.

As of 5 a.m. ET Thursday, Isaac was about 55 miles southeast of Alexandria, La., and about 110 miles northwest of New Orleans.  Tropical storm winds extend outward up to 175 miles.  Isaac's maximum sustained winds are at 45 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

A tropical storm warning was still in effect from Cameron, La., to the Mississippi-Alabama state border, according to the Hurricane Center.

President Obama declared federal emergencies in Louisiana and Mississippi late Wednesday, according to a statement from the White House.  The disaster declarations free up federal aid for affected areas.

Of Louisiana's 64 parishes, 58 were under states of emergency Thursday morning.

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Tropical Storm Debby: Florida Braces for More Rain

NASA/NOAA GOES Project(MIAMI) -- Florida is in store for more rain this week as Tropical Storm Debby continues to hover near the panhandle.

Already, some parts of the state have seen more than 20 inches of rain as the storm inches its way through the Gulf of Mexico.  Ten to 20 more inches of rain is forecast from Tallahassee to Gainesville and Jacksonville in the next few days as Debby moves eastward through Florida.

The flood threat prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare a statewide emergency on Monday.

“We declared a state of emergency so we can coordinate the use of all state resources to make sure that we can respond promptly if anything happens,” Scott said Monday.  “Like always, everybody should have food and water on hand, but just be prepared and use common sense and be careful."

As of Tuesday morning, Debby was moving eastward at three miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Models show the tropical storm moving through northern Florida into Thursday, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean Friday morning.

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Nor’easter Building Up on the East Coast

ABC News (NEW YORK) -- After an early spring, a late season Nor’easter will move up the East Coast Sunday through  Monday bringing torrential rain, strong winds, high waves and snow.

Parts of 10 states are under flood watch advisories from New Hampshire and southern Vermont and Massachusetts, south to New Jersey, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania.  Big cities under flood watches through early Monday include Boston, Hartford, New York City, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Del., which may see two to four inches of rain.

Areas further inland, from western New York and western Pennsylvania down into West Virginia and Maryland, could see winds from 20 to 40 miles per hour and major snowfall. In high mountain areas like northwest Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, snowfall could exceed a foot.  Counties in and around Pittsburgh could see 3-4 inches of snow.

The worst of the storm is expected to hit late Sunday and continue into Monday.

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Storm to Bring Snow, Rain, Strong Winds to Parts of East

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An intensifying storm system will move out of the Ohio Valley and into the eastern Great Lakes and the northeast Tuesday, spreading rain over major cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston during the afternoon.  Most areas will see approximately an inch of rain, while flash flooding is possible in some low-lying areas.

Some severe weather is possible from Richmond, Va., to Jacksonville, Fla., with gusting winds near 70 mph. A few isolated tornadoes could develop in some of the strongest storms.  There is also a chance for some minor flash flooding in parts of the southeast on Tuesday.

As the system moves across Pennsylvania and New York, surface winds will increase to 40-to-50 mph with higher gusts along the coast.  Wind advisories have already been issued from Delaware to Maine.

Light snow is expected on the back side of the storm, but not much for this time of the year.  Areas around Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh could see 1-2 inches of snow, while those near Erie, Pa., to Buffalo, N.Y., and into the Adirondacks could see 4-6 inches of snow. The highest elevations in the Adirondacks could get up to 8 inches.

The quick-moving system will be out of the northeast by mid-Wednesday morning, only to be followed by colder temps and gusting winds Wednesday afternoon.

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Storm Brewing: Snow, Rainfall Forecast for Parts of the East

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An intensifying storm is moving out of the Gulf Coast through the Ohio Valley and is forecast to hit the northeast Tuesday afternoon.

Severe weather, including flash floods, tornadoes, and gusting winds are possible Monday into Tuesday along the Gulf Coast into Florida and the Carolinas.

One-to-three inches of rain is possible from Washington, D.C., to Boston on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening hours. Areas from Detroit to Cleveland and into western New York and upstate Vermont could see snow, with accumulations from a couple of inches in Detroit and Cleveland to nearly 10 inches in the mountains around New York and Pennsylvania.

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Texas, Parts of US May See White Christmas

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Harsh weather around the country will ease ahead of the holiday weekend, with severe weather moving out of the South and a white Christmas for parts of Texas.

Snow was still falling in the Northeast Friday morning from Pennsylvania to Maine, where up to five inches of wet snow was expected to accumulate through mid-morning.  But it's all rain along the I-95 corridor, and the storm is moving very fast.  By mid-morning Friday most of the snow and rain will be gone and just chilly winds left behind, leaving it sunny and cool for Christmas weekend.

One trouble spot in the U.S. Friday is the gusty Santa Ana winds, which will last into the afternoon and lead to some snow in New Mexico and western Texas. Snow is expected from Midland to San Angelo and Abilene Friday and into Saturday, giving Texas a rare snowy Dec. 25.

Up to three feet of snow fell in the hills just west of Denver on Thursday, but let up by early Friday.

On Thursday, nearly 60 instances of severe weather were reported, including possibly two rare December tornadoes -- one in Alabama confirmed, and the other in Georgia not yet confirmed.

Flash flooding was reported from Louisiana and Arkansas and Georgia, where some areas received up to four inches of water in just a few hours.

Winds gusted up to 60 and 70 miles per hour across Southern California Thursday, fueling wildfires, producing power outages, downing trees and overturning trucks.  Wind gusts fueled a raging fire in San Francisco, and winds continued Friday in Southern California throughout the afternoon, but began to calm down Friday, with a warm weekend coming.  Los Angeles could hit 80 degrees Christmas Day.

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Nor'easter Could Bring White Christmas to Millions

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While blizzard conditions may have ended over the U.S. for now, a nor'easter is now a possibility for Dec. 24-25, which might mean a white Christmas for major cities along the East Coast from Washington, D.C., to Boston and hectic travel conditions for millions.

Over the last 24 hours, some 24 inches of snow fell in New Mexico, with winds gusting over 70 mph in the mountains. Up to a foot of snow from was seen from Colorado to Kansas and Oklahoma, and 10-foot drifts were reported in Colorado.

As the storm crawled across the region, it shuttered highways and was blamed for a number of deaths.

The storm has weakened as it moves east, and it may mostly be a rainmaker, with thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast.  Some of these storms could produce heavy rain with minor flooding, gusty winds and some hail.

The storm will hit the East Coast Wednesday morning with rain from Atlanta to Boston.  Some airport delays are expected as rain and low clouds come into the region. Afterwards, a new storm is predicted to form, which could usher in a white Christmas for millions.

Three scenarios are possible for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The first would be snow just outside major East Coast cities, with rain changing to snow from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

Another possibility is that rain will be seen along the coast, with snow inland in areas like the Poconos in Pennsylvania, New York's Catskills mountains and mountains in New England.

The final scenario is that the storm moves south of the Northeast, and misses the major cities altogether.

"My feeling on this storm it will be mostly rain for major cities along the coast with snow further inland," ABC News meteorologist Max Golembo said. "But we know how unpredictable storms could be this time of the year, so I would check in tomorrow and every day until Saturday for updated information."

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