February 8, 2016

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As work week begins, East Coast digs out from blizzard

NEW YORK — East Coast residents who made the most of a paralyzing weekend blizzard face fresh challenges as the workweek begins: slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalk entrances. For many, the weekend extends into Monday because of closed schools and government offices. Officials were cautioning Read More…

Blizzard of potentially historic proportions bearing down on Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON — The forecast for a historic blizzard has been there for days, looming over the nation’s capital like the UFO from “Independence Day.” Projected snowfall totals have ticked steadily upward, to the point where the National Weather Service — known for its conservative predictions — says more than 2 feet of snow could land Read More…

Let it snow! Let it snow!

Snow-SLIDE

While lake-effect snow warnings were in effect for other counties along Lake Erie, Lorain County’s experience with snow Sunday was normal, according to law enforcement officials. About 6 p.m., the Ohio Highway Patrol said the accident levels so far were normal for the conditions. “We’ve had about 10 accidents so far today, which is normal Read More…

Warmest December means salt to spare

Salt-SLIDE

At this point, many people might be dreading a white Easter since Mother Nature eschewed a white Christmas this year. Average temperatures for December are usually lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s, but with two days left, the Cleveland area is set to have the warmest December on record, with average temperatures Read More…

After storms sweep through, rare winter flooding on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS — Warm and wet weather over the last several weeks followed by storms that brought a deluge of rain in recent days have produced a severe threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, where water could reach record high levels soon in some places. The winter flooding is unusual and could portend even Read More…

It came upon a midnight clear (and warm): Weather patterns lead to spring-like temperatures for Christmas

SEATTLE — Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she’s nevertheless having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, thanks to forecasts that have the temperature in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hitting 72 degrees on Thursday. “I associate cold with Christmas,” the 55-year-old says. Read More…

Weekend deluge swamps South Carolina; at least seven dead

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Days of torrential rains kept much of South Carolina and its capital gripped by floodwaters early Monday as emergency responders promised renewed door-to-door searches for anyone still trapped after a weekend deluge and hundreds of rescues. At least seven weather-related deaths have been blamed on the vast rainstorm. Heavy rain kept falling Read More…

At least eight dead in flash flood on Utah-Arizona border

SALT LAKE CITY — A wall of water swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in a Utah-Arizona border town Monday, killing at least eight people and leaving five others missing in a community that served as a home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, authorities said. Three people survived as the flash Read More…

Violent storm takes toll on Vermilion garage

VERMILION — The city’s service department garage lost part of its roof and three of its overhead doors were crushed Saturday afternoon by a violent storm. No one was at the garage at the time, and no injuries were reported. “Yes, we had a little bit of excitement,” Mayor Eileen Bulan said as she and Read More…

Fire crews eye weather as poor air quality looms

SPOKANE, Wash. — Massive wildfires in the West have led to poor air quality across the region, causing respiratory problems for people far from the fire lines as well as grounding firefighting aircraft. “It’s been a nightmare to breathe,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers in Washington state. Conditions were starting to improve Tuesday and Read More…