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Friday
Jan142011

Southern Cities Hit by Winter Storm Struggle to Thaw Out

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(ATLANTA) -- Disruptions from Sunday's winter storm that snarled traffic, grounded flights and left travelers stranded is still wreaking havoc on residents in the southeast.

In Atlanta, schools are closed Friday for the fifth straight day, roads remain icy and dangerous, and some passengers are still stranded at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

On the roads since Thursday morning, police have responded to more than 50 new accidents, including one fatality.  Atlanta drivers faced chaotic conditions after four-to-seven inches of snow and sleet turned many of the interstates into sheets of ice during the storm.  Highways and back roads are still coated with inches of ice, and many are wondering why Atlanta wasn't better prepared for the storm.

The state of Georgia is spending about $2 million a day on storm clean up.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the city has added more than 115 pieces of equipment to its snow removal efforts.

Northeast of Atlanta, in Raleigh, North Carolina, below-freezing temperatures and wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour are creating dangerous driving conditions.

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Thursday
Jan132011

US Cities Stagger Under Cost of Clearing Record Snowfalls

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- From Nevada to New York, already-wobbly city budgets are being hit by the heavy cost of shoveling out from under record snowfalls.

A mid-December storm dropped 17.1 inches on St. Paul, Minnesota -- the most in almost 20 years.  The city spread 4,000 tons of salt on 800 miles of streets, added staff and paid overtime.  As a result, the city's public works budget has been snowed under by $1 million more than had budgeted for snow removal.

The figure, says Deputy Mayor Margaret Kelly, likely will rise to $1.3 million.  To pay it, she said, the city will have to dip into a fund used to patch potholes, maintain alleys and cut city grass.  The prospect that the fund could be depleted, she says, makes the rest of winter "challenging."

Things are worse in Minneapolis, which has exceeded its snow budget by $3 million.  It, too, plans to dip into reserve funds to pay the cost.

In Missouri, tight budgets mean snow plow crews are being told to make roads "passable," not necessarily clear.

New York City, hit hard by a late December blizzard, is still recovering and paying.  A spokesman for the mayor's office says that while not all costs have yet been tallied, the final snow bill should come in at around $38 million.  Given that the city's budget gap next year is forecast to be $2.4 billion, those millions will be missed.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Winter Snowstorm Slams Into Northeast

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The winter storm that snarled travel across the Southeast arrived in the Northeast late Tuesday after combining with snow from the Midwest.

It is the third storm to slam into the region in less than three weeks.

As of Wednesday morning, every state in the continental U.S. had snowfall or snow on the ground, with the exception of Florida.

New York City declared a weather emergency Tuesday to avoid the criticism the city received for its slow response to clear the roads after the blizzard last month.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged emergency crews would be ready this time.  A much more aggressive approach included 1,700 plows and 365 salt trucks that were out in full force Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

In Long Island, the area could get up to 20 inches with whiteout conditions and 35 mile an hour winds.

Over in Boston, officials declared a severe snow emergency and will be under a blizzard warning from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.  Public school classes have also been canceled as a precaution.

Rhode Island government officials are urging all state employees to stay home.

In Philadelphia, snow totals reached five inches and in central New Jersey, about eight inches have fallen by early Wednesday morning. 

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Southeast Thaws Out as Winter Storm Heads North

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The winter storm that grounded travelers and created icy roads across the southeast Monday is heading toward the northeast on Tuesday.

As it moves up the coast, weather forecasters said it will combine with snow from the midwest, bringing eight to 16 inches of snow in some areas, particularly in New England and New York's Long Island.

"It will be intensifying rapidly later today and tonight as it moves north," National Weather Service Meteorologist Christopher Hedge told ABC News Radio.  "And some heavy snow will be moving into the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, especially along the I-95 corridor from New Jersey all the way up through Boston."

Snow is expected to arrive Tuesday night and into the overnight with the heaviest snow to fall east of New York City.  It's the third time since Christmas a snowstorm has headed to the northeast.

Connecticut resident Denise Creacy says it's too much.  "I need a break but everybody's getting it.  My brother's from Atlanta and he texted me.  He goes, 'It shut down the city we have six inches,'" Creacy told ABC News Radio.  "'I'm like, six inches, what's that.'  Get your broom, you'll be fine."

From the Carolinas to Georgia to Tennessee, Southeast residents face lingering problems as authorities work to restore power and commuters drive on ice-covered roads.

The storm dropped about 15 inches of snow in parts of Jackson County, North Carolina, Monday.

Atlanta drivers are facing chaotic conditions after four-to-seven inches of snow and sleet turned many of the interstates into sheets of ice.  But the icy roads aren't their only concern.  About 1,000 people in the Atlanta area are still without power.

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