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Wednesday
Mar062013

Federal Offices in DC Close as Major Snowstorm Heads East

Man clears snow from the Millennium Park skating rink in Chicago. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Federal offices in Washington, D.C. will be closed on Wednesday as the nation's capital prepares to be hit by what could be the biggest snowstorm there in three years.

In a statement Wednesday, the Office of Personnel and Management said "non-emergency employees will be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work."

The storm is expected to bring 6 to 10 inches of snow inside the Beltway, up to 14 inches in the western suburbs, 10 to 18 inches in western Virginia, and up to 6 inches in the eastern suburbs.  The heaviest snowfall will be on Wednesday and it is forecast to end by night time.

Elsewhere, 3 to 6 inches of the white stuff is expected in Philadelphia, with rain mixing in from time to time.  New York City is forecast to get the same amount of snow, with more than 6 inches possible for eastern Long Island and just north of the city.  Snowfall in both cities will end on Thursday, as the storm moves on to Boston and New England.

Already, the system has wrecked havoc on the Midwest, dropping 8 to 12 inches of snow from Minneapolis to Chicago, crippling transportation.  

As of Wednesday morning, over 1,600 flights have been canceled, according to FlightAware.com.  The Washington, D.C., area has the most cancellations, followed by Baltimore, Chicago and Atlanta.

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Friday
Dec282012

As Nation Digs Out, Even More Snow On the Way

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- While communities from the Midwest to the Northeast and even the Southern U.S. are digging out after a massive storm blanketed much of the country, the Northeast is now bracing for more snow over the weekend.

Two storm systems will combine into one and bring light snow to the major cities in the Northeast.  Most areas will see 1-3 inches of snow with isolated amounts of four inches in the higher elevations Saturday morning from Philadelphia to New York and into New England.

This week's winter blast is accounting for at least 15 deaths -- most of them on the nation's roads.

"This is really bad out here.  I see accidents everywhere.  There are police everywhere.  It's no joke," an Ohio woman told ABC's Good Morning America.

New England was hit with heavy snowfall this week.  In Woodford, Vt., 21 inches of snow was recorded, while Burlington, Vt., got over 13 inches and Ashfield, Mass., saw 15 inches.

Mother Nature also came through Ohio this week, bringing whiteout conditions, and in Arkansas, power poles snapped.  In southern Illinois, a pickup truck struggled just to clear a path.  As the storm moved east, Pennsylvania got walloped, too.

The storm also wreaked havoc in the skies, causing a total of 774 flight cancellations on Thursday.  

On New York's Long Island, a Southwest Airlines plane veered off the taxiway getting stuck in the mud.  Officials say no one was hurt.

"We just taxied off the taxiway into the grass," the pilot said.

Just outside the snow zone, in Sea Bright, N.J. -- a town already battered by Hurricane Sandy -- the streets were flooded again.

In Syracuse, N.Y., many are trying to get their lives back to normal, but much colder weather is anticipated to follow next week and into the new year for the Eastern U.S.

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Thursday
Dec272012

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 FlightAware.com.  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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Friday
Dec212012

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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Thursday
Dec202012

Winter Storm Batters the Rockies, Midwest

Comstock/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- As millions prepare to hit the roads or skies ahead of Christmas Day, a winter storm is plowing through several parts of the country Thursday morning, threatening to hamper many travelers' plans.

Nearly 20 inches of snow has already been reported in Colorado, just west of Denver, while in Des Moines, Iowa, a foot of the white stuff has accumulated.

Fifteen states are currently under winter storm watches or warnings, with blizzard warnings in effect for seven states.

The storm is expected to strengthen as it moves over Chicago on Thursday, changing rain to snow there and dumping up to a half a foot in the Windy City.

The system will move eastward Thursday night, spreading rain into the Northeast, with some areas from Washington, D.C., to Boston getting up to 3 inches.  Cold air will then come in from behind the storm Friday night, changing rain to snow in western Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and West Virginia, where 3 to as much as 14 inches could accumulate in the highest elevations.

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Thursday
Nov082012

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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Sunday
Apr222012

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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Saturday
Feb042012

Winter Storm Blasts Colorado, Heads East

Hemera/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- After blasting parts of Colorado with up to 6 feet of snow, the strongest storm of the winter season is now on track to pummel the central plains.

A winter storm warning was issued for parts of western Nebraska, northeastern Kansas and southeastern Iowa.

A little over a foot of snow blanketed parts of Nebraska overnight Friday. Impaired visibility also prompted officials to close Interstate 70, which connects Kansas and Denver, as well as a portion of the eastbound I-70, which connects Denver to the town of Limon.

The storm also caused an avalanche of 600 flights, including arrivals and departures, to be canceled from Denver International Airport Friday.

Ski resorts in the Colorado area were enjoying the fresh powder and hoped it would entice people to hit the slopes this weekend.

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Friday
Feb032012

Winter Storm Could Bring Three Feet of Snow to Colorado 

Comstock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Record-setting snowfall is accumulating across the Midwest where areas of many states are under winter weather warnings, advisories, or even blizzard warnings until at least Friday evening.

The snow began early Friday morning and has been falling at rates of two to three inches per hour. Areas near Boulder have reported over 26 inches of snow, and the Winter Storm Warning in Denver has been extended until 5 a.m. Saturday, by which point areas northwest of the city could see nearly three feet of snow.

According to ABC News Meteorologist Max Golembo, the storm could be the biggest on record for the month of February, when Denver usually averages just six inches of snow during the whole month.

Denver has had a snowy winter, despite below-average snowfall totals in the eastern U.S.

Snow from the storm is forecast for Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas. It is not expected to bring significant snow to the eastern part of the country.

The largest snowfall on record for Denver is 45.7 inches, set in 1913.

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Saturday
Jan212012

Winter Storm Brings Second Major Snowfall of Year to Northeast

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The second major winter storm of the season rolled into the Northeast today causing some dangerous driving conditions and headaches for many airport travelers.

The storm, is dumping up to 6 inches of snow in Chicago earlier in the week, is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches in New York City and the surrounding area, with 4 inches expected in Philadelphia, and up to 7 inches in parts of Massachusetts, according to forecasters.

More than 1,500 snow plows were out in New York City this morning, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said Saturday that the city was faring well during its first major snowfall of the year.

"The snow storm does not, at the moment anyway, seem to be as severe as we predicted," Bloomberg said.

Officials said crews in Pennsylvania and New Jersey began salting the roads around midnight and started to plow shortly after.

Many airports in the region are experiencing delays and flight cancellations, the worst of those at New York's LaGuardia and Philadelphia International according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FlightAware.com reports nearly 800 flights across the country have been cancelled.

By mid-morning, much of the snow throughout the region turned to sleet, and forecasters said, with a slight warm-up expected in the afternoon, refreezing of the roads tonight could cause some major problems for drivers.

Officials in Seattle said they are now dealing with flooding after the snow and ice brought by the storm began melting.

Parts of the Northeast saw their first significant snowfall in October, cutting off power to more than 3 million homes and businesses throughout New England.

The worst of those outages in Connecticut where some were without power for more than a week.

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