Entries in Winter (16)


Couple Says Icy ‘I Do’s’ Outside in Freezing Minnesota Weather

Dean Madson Photography(DAYTON, Minn.) -- One couple from Dayton, Minn., shivered their way through their “I Do’s” on New Year's Day.

Nikki Hering, 28, and Ryan Hoffman, 26, tied the knot at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club on Jan. 1, but do not be mistaken. They did not take their vows inside the lovely, warm lodge, but rather, outside.  Hering chose to walk down the aisle in 10-degree weather.

“We both really love winter and we wanted to stick to the first of the year, since we started dating on the first and he proposed on the first,” Hering told ABC News. “We wanted to be a little different.”

And different they were, as they added special touches to embrace the freezing Minnesota temperature on the big day.

“The outdoor area just really has a neat backdrop and overlook and it was the perfect setting for it,” said Hering. “We gave them [guests] blankets to wrap up, and provided hot coffee and cider for them to hopefully warm up. It was short and sweet so they weren’t miserable for too long.”

Hering herself wore special winter duds to deal with the frigid weather.

“I had the fur stole wrapped around the top half of my dress, and had some fingerless gloves. Otherwise, I got boots to wear under my dress that you couldn’t see, and wore them with my lucky hunting socks,” she said.

When the couple began telling their guests of their plans to wed outside in January, they ran into a fair share of skepticism.

“They didn’t quite believe us,” Hering said. “Everybody asked, ‘Really, are you sure?’ We told them it’d be short so they wouldn’t have to wait too long. The grandmas and the young kids in the family watched from a window inside.”

The morning of the wedding, the newlyweds estimate it was about 10 degrees below, but by the time the actual ceremony began at 3 p.m., they say it had warmed up to a comfortable 10 or 11 degrees.

“It was somehow magically snowing right when the ceremony started. It was a super-light, perfect snow,” said Hering.

The guests were greeted by two, large fireplaces inside the reception area as soon as they came inside from the snowy ceremony.

And as for the hardy couple — they’re now on a mini-honeymoon, ice fishing up north in Aitkin, Minn.

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Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.) -- Are you tired of the winter weather and counting down the days to spring?  Well, if Punxsutawney Phil is to be believed, cold temperatures are going to be sticking around for awhile.

The groundhog came out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania Thursday morning and saw his shadow, meaning that there will be six more weeks of winter this year.

Thursday's reading was Phil's 126th prognostication.  The groundhog comes out each year on Feb. 2 -- Groundhog's Day -- to determine whether or not spring will come early.

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Seattle Prepares for Worst Snowstorm in a Decade

Comstock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- On average, Seattle sees about 5.9 inches of snow in a year, but over the next 24 hours the Emerald City, nicknamed for its lush green landscapes, will be stuck in a snow globe, with parts of the city expected to receive eight to 12 inches of snow.

It could be the worst snowstorm the city has seen since 9.8 inches fell in 1974, and there is widespread concern that the accumulation might topple trees and power lines, shutting down the city entirely.

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Two Alaskan Cities Struggle with Ice and Snow

Comstock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Ala.) -- While the weather has been pretty mild in the lower 48 states, it's been brutal in parts of Alaska. One city is iced in, while another is snowed in.

The city of Nome on the western Alaska coastline is running out of fuel and they're iced in. Help is coming in the form of a Russian tanker, which is getting there with the help of a Coast Guard ice breaking ship.

The tanker expected to arrive on Monday or Tuesday.

To the south the small community of Cordova is buried in more than 18 feet of snow after being pummeled for weeks. The Alaska National Guard is en route with supplies and equipment.

Another storm expected Tuesday.

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Blinding Blizzards Hit Plains; Rain Expected for Northeast

Christophe Lehenaff/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As residents of several states in the southern Plains woke up Monday to snow, forecasters urged those in the storm’s path to take a break from the holiday shopping and stay home.

“Don’t venture out,” Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist for Accuweather, said Monday. “Wait 'till Wednesday to get it. You shouldn’t be traveling.”

According to Accuweather, the Southern Plains -- New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas -- are under a blizzard warning starting today, as rains change to snow this evening.

KOAT-TV, ABC News affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M., on its website reported whiteout conditions and icy roads.

Kines said that some areas in the southern Plains could get six to 12 inches while others could get as much as 18 as the system moved east.

“It is going to be very bad, especially tonight,” he told ABC News. “It’s a nasty storm.”

Kines said the combination of snow and wind would cause extreme blowing, drifting and zero visibility. Accuweather said winds of more than 70 mph, tornadoes and damaging hail also should be expected.

The snow will change to rain once it hits the Northeast, though Kines said parts of Central and Western Pennsylvania and cities in the Northeast interior like Albany, N.Y., could get frozen precipitation and experience some icy roads.

Of course, those on the East Coast shouldn’t give up on getting a bit of that cold, white stuff Sunday. Accuweather experts are keeping an eye on another system that could arrive Saturday.

Kines said interior parts of the Northeast had a shot at snow, while cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia would likely get a mix of rain and snow.

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Cold Temps, Snow: Just How Harsh Was this Winter?

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Between the extreme cold temperatures and a set of punishing snowstorms that repeatedly brought havoc to a good chunk of the eastern United States, it was a tough winter for some.

Take Nowata, Oklahoma, for example, where temperatures in February dropped to a record 31 degrees below zero.  When December lows dipped to just 31 degrees above zero, Sarasota, Florida broke a cold-temperature record that had stood for 82 years.  And in February, an Arctic blast drove Laramie, Wyoming temperatures down to a bone-chilling minus 61 degrees.

In terms of long-term temperature trends, however, just how much did winter's wrath hit this time?  Apparently, not so much.

"The last two winters being a bit colder than normal has generated a lot of headlines.  But in the longer historical perspective, they're really not very exceptional," said James Hurrell, a senior climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Hurrell has just completed a new temperature analysis that shows the winter of 2010-2011 was, on average, warmer than you might think -- it ranked as only the 39th-coldest winter in the U.S. since 1895.

"It was colder than normal," in some places, Hurrell said.  "But those cold regions were balanced by some very warm regions in other parts of the country."

Areas of the southwestern U.S., for example, along with parts of Alaska recorded warmer-than-average winter temperatures, according to the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

A vast majority of climate scientists say that -- despite natural short-term weather events that can bring wild swings of cold and warm -- long-term climate trends continue to show a gradual warming currently taking place globally, consistent with human-caused climate change.

"We are in a warming climate," said Richard Somerville, a climate scientist and distinguished professor emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who also has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  "The long-term trend is about a third of a degree Fahrenheit increase per decade."

Perceptions that the past winter was colder than normal were driven partly by the fact that record amounts of troublemaking snowfall were recorded across parts of the Midwest and Northeast.  New York City, for example, was hit by eight snowstorms that dumped at least 36 record-breaking inches of snow.

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Groundhog Day Storm: Hospital Emergency Rooms Busy in Winter Ice

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hospital emergency rooms across the Midwest and Northeast are already seeing the inevitable spike in weather-related cases, according to hospitals contacted by the ABC News Medical Unit. They say they are bracing for more, especially among the most vulnerable: the elderly.

"This is a very tenuous time for the elderly," said Dr. Kumar Alagappan, associate chairman of emergency medicine at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in New York.

Emergency departments located on the storm's path are most commonly reporting cases among all ages of slips and falls, as well as chest pains after shoveling snow.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's radiology department oversaw 156 injury X-rays over the past two days -- more than double what they normally see. According to the department, some were multiple X-rays taken for one patient, and many were due to icy slips and falls.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago -- one of the hardest-hit areas in this week's storm – told ABC News they are now seeing "some of the worst fractures this year compared to over the past few years."

The elderly are inevitably at higher risk for trouble, especially those on medications such as blood thinners, said Alagappan.

"I would tell caregivers to make sure the elderly have enough supplies at home, check in on them, and keep them indoors," he said. "You don't want them venturing out alone."

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Groundhog's Prediction: Six More Weeks of Winter or Early Spring?

(PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.) -- Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil stepped out of his burrow Wednesday morning amid a nationwide winter storm affecting millions of Americans to predict whether or not spring will come early this year.

The famous groundhog from Pennsylvania failed to see his shadow, signaling that spring will come early this year.

This year's predictions marks the 125th year the groundhog forecasts the weather.

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President Obama Briefed on Winter Storm, Urges Major Prep

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- From the Oval Office, President Obama was briefed Tuesday morning by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate about preparations being made for the winter storm that is making its way eastward across at least one-third of the country.

In what could be the worst snowstorm the country has seen in more than 40 years, more than a foot of snow may fall on a 2,100-mile stretch from New Mexico to Maine, weather forecasters have said.

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

On his call with Napolitano and Fugate, the White House says the president “stressed the need to be prepared for all scenarios, including significant power outages across the country, and that state and federal agencies need to work closely to support affected communities.”

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East Coast Digging Out From Latest Storm

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(BOSTON) -- New England is digging out Thursday after the region's third storm in three weeks dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas, including a one-day record for Boston.

Heavy snow added hundreds of pounds of weight to trees. Around Boston, a foot of snow hindered the city leaving over 100,000 customers without power statewide. The lights could be dark for four days in some places.

The deep freeze continues in the southeast, as crews in Georgia continue working to clear major highways. They say the roads are still blocked by cars left during Sunday night's storm. 

In Atlanta, schools are closed for the fourth day in a row -- incredibly rare for that part of the U.S. -- and driving conditions on busy I-85 remain treacherous with accidents littering the highway for miles. 

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