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Thursday
Mar072013

Nor'easter Begins Wreaking Havoc on Northeast

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The winter snowstorm that tormented the Midwest has become a major, slow-moving nor'easter that has already brought snow, coastal flooding and whipping winds to the Northeast.

Parts of the New Jersey coastline were already underwater Wednesday night, which prompted voluntary evacuations in Toms River and Brick while the Shrewsbury River flooded local streets in Sea Bright, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.

Overnight, the highest wind gust recorded off New Jersey was 71 mph, and 30 to 50 mph winds are expected to last until Friday morning, which could bring 13-foot waves just offshore.

The high winds are expected to bring down power lines as more than 2,000 people are without power in New Jersey as of 4 a.m., WABC reported.

Overnight, snow started to fall in parts of Long Island.  New York City is expecting a snowy, rainy mix with a chilly wind on Thursday, with another round of snow in the forecast Thursday night.

New York City is expected to get up to 3 inches of snow by the time the storm system moves out Friday morning, with some higher storm total amounts possible on eastern Long Island.  Boston may see 2 to 4 inches, with higher totals inland where a winter storm warning has been issued from Worcester to just north of Providence.

Winter warnings are posted in seven Northeast states.  The biggest snowfall totals will come Friday, and parts of New England could see more than 6 inches of snow.

More than 440 flights have been canceled for Thursday, according to FlightAware.com.  New York's LaGuardia Airport has the most cancellations, followed by Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec242012

Snow Storm Threatens Post-Christmas Travel

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A huge storm that dumped heavy snow and rain on the West Coast is expected to move east and could spoil travel plans for people looking to return home the day after Christmas, which is considered one of the busiest travel days.

The storm is forecast to move east over the next few days and drop snow in Oklahoma starting Monday before finishing up in the Northeast sometime Wednesday.

The Midwest will be covered with snow by Wednesday, likely causing delays at major airports in cities including Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago just in time for post-Christmas travel, when millions of Americans will be on the move.

Snow could arrive in the Northeast by Thursday, dropping 1-3 inches over parts of New England.

In Syracuse, N.Y., plows are working overtime, dealing with two consecutive days of snow this weekend during the city's first snowstorm of the season.  As the city continues to dig out, all eyes are watching the storm roll in from the west.

Torrential rain and heavy winds have also caused trouble for California's Bay Area over the weekend, which has seen severe flooding, power outages and delays for those planning to fly out for the holidays.

More than 400 flights were canceled on Sunday at San Francisco International Airport.  Travelers had to deal with more than 200 cancellations on Saturday.

So far this month, San Francisco has gotten almost five inches of rain -- almost twice as much as the area gets for the entire month of December.

Severe snow and rain are not the only issues facing Americans looking to get home before the New Year.  Several states in the Gulf of Mexico, all the way from Houston to Raleigh, N.C., are bracing for possible tornadoes starting on Monday and lasting until Wednesday.

The biggest chance for tornadoes will be Tuesday from Houston to New Orleans to Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta.

AAA predicts 93.3 million people will travel more than 50 miles this holiday season, from Saturday, Dec. 22, through New Year's Day.  That's a 1.6 percent increase from last year.  

Christmas is the third-busiest holiday for travelers, after Memorial Day and Thanksgiving.  AAA is urging drivers to leave earlier or later to dodge bad weather.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan182012

Seattle Snowstorm: City to Receive Less Snow Than Forecasted

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle residents are bracing for a snowstorm that is expected to leave a messy commute Wednesday morning.

Forecasters downgraded their initial predictions of at least 8 to 12 inches of snow to hit the Pacific Northwest city to about 4 to 7 inches of snow instead.

Typically, Seattle sees about 5.9 inches of snow in a year.

Either way, authorities on Tuesday prepared to deal with the snowstorm’s impact.

“We want to make sure we get the road network opened up so we can maintain critical services like health care.  We can get people to dialysis,” said Grant Tietje, Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center.

Authorities are concerned over the accumulation of snow which could topple power lines and block roads.

Lawrence Eichhorn of the Seattle Department of Transportation said they’ll be working closely with other agencies to keep the roads open, “to make sure our resources are at the right place at the right time.  And that’s really been a huge difference from previous snow response.”

Scott Sistek, a meteorologist for KOMONews.com said Tuesday that, “it doesn’t really matter if this storm is a record-breaker, it will have the same effect.”

“This is a city with a limited number of plows and a population that is not used to driving in the snow,” Sistek said.

The worst snowstorm the city has seen was in 1974 when 9.8 inches of the white stuff fell.

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Thursday
Dec222011

Arizona Student Survives Trapped in a Blizzard for 10 Days

Hemera/Thinkstock (file photo)(FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.) -- After 10 days trapped alone inside her Toyota Corolla in freezing temperatures deep within a secluded mountain range, an Arizona woman has been rescued from her ordeal and is now recovering at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Lauren Weinberg, an Arizona State University student, survived on two candy bars and melted snow for water after her car became stuck in snow outside a forest gate near a line of cliffs with no one around for miles.  The 23-year-old sat in the car without a heavy coat or blanket for nearly a week and a half as another snow storm dumped more than two feet of snow around her.

"She did not have a lot in the way of provisions, she did not have a lot in the way of warm clothing," police told ABC News. "She had a cellphone with her. She told us that she couldn't use it because the battery was dead, and then I guess at some point because of the cold it became completely disabled."

Weinberg had last been seen leaving her mother's house in Phoenix on the night of Dec. 11.  She drove four hours toward Arizona's Mogollon Rim when a gate blocked her from traveling any farther.  It was when she attempted to turn her car around that she became stuck.

Park rangers found her on Wednesday about 45 miles southeast of Winslow, according to Coconino County sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair.

"They took her out on a snowmobile.  She was taken to a waiting deputy to a point where you could get a four-wheel drive vehicle and then she was transported from there," Blair said.

Weinberg, an undergraduate student who is studying supply chain management, released a statement on Thursday thanking her rescuers.

"I am so thankful to be alive and warm," she said.  "Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers, because they worked.  There were times I was afraid but mostly I had faith I would be found."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec212011

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."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan272011

Another Snowstorm Batters Northeast in Record Breaking Winter

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Another record-breaking snowstorm battered the East Coast Wednesday night, causing power outages and leaving travelers and commuters stranded again.

It is the sixth snowstorm to slam into the region in the last 30 days.

Overnight, thunder snow shocked residents in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, and as far away as central New Jersey.  Philadelphia and Washington D.C. received about five-to-eight inches of snow, with some areas receiving a foot or more.

According to the National Weather Service, parts of New Jersey received about 19 inches and as much as 17 inches had fallen in the Philadelphia area as the storm passed through.

In New York City, officials declared a weather emergency and all public schools were closed for Thursday.  The city received about 15 inches of snow so far in what has been officially the snowiest January on record.

In Washington, D.C., the snow prompted officials to close government buildings and schools in surrounding areas.

While it's expected to stop snowing Thursday morning, several inches of snow are still on the ground, causing transportation problems throughout the East Coast.

New Jersey state police have tallied more than 500 accidents.

The Long Island Rail Road in New York is operating on a reduced schedule Thursday.

In Washington D.C. and Maryland, abandoned cars and buses lined the roads and more than 300,000 customers were without power.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan272011

Snowstorms Bust Budgets in Northeast

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With two more months of winter left and another snowstorm hitting the Northeast, some cities and states have exhausted their budgets for snow removal, causing them to turn to cheaper, more creative ways to dispose of the ice.

In Boston, they've built a mountain of displaced snow 50 feet high and four acres wide.

In Fort Lee, New Jersey, they're using a substance some are referring to as "pickle juice," a salt water mixture called brine that, when sprayed onto the pavement before a big storm, prevents snow from sticking.  The brine also makes it easier to push the snow off of covered roads.

In Syracuse, New York, experts are using beet juice mixed with rock salt to offset the icy aftereffects of the storm.  Beet juice has a high freezing point and doesn't stain roads, making it an ideal solution for towns over their snow budgets.

But while saltwater and beet juice help, they can't stop this winter's onslaught, which has dumped more snow in one month than most places get in two winters.

Boston already has spent two-thirds of $16 million allocated for snow and ice removal for the entire winter, while Worcester, Massachusetts ran through its budget for the whole season and went $300,000 beyond.

New York City exhausted the $38 million it budgeted for the season on the mega-storm that hit the day after Christmas -- four storms ago.

Some states are so far in the red that their leaders are asking for relief from the federal government.  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is asking FEMA for $53 million in federal assistance because of the Christmas snowstorm.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio