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« on: December 04, 2013, 03:54:31 pm »

Winter Storm Cleon Forecast: Heavy Rockies, Midwest Snow; Icy Mess to South; Snow to Ohio Valley, Northeast
http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-cleon-forecast-20131201
12/4/13

Winter Storm Cleon, the third named winter storm of the 2013-14 season, is already producing areas of heavy snow, and is poised to spread both snow and ice into the South and Midwest through the end of the week.

Let's delve into the forecast details, starting with the snow forecast in the Rockies.

Snow will continue in the Rockies on Wednesday from central/southern Utah and northern Arizona into northern New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. Storm total accumulations of up to 2 feet are possible in the high country of Colorado.

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Snow accumulations in the Denver area are skewing very heavily toward the foothills, where amounts of 6 to 10 inches have been reported. Eastern sections of the metropolitan area, including the airport, will see less. Fallen snow and frigid temperatures in the single digits will continue to affect the drive along the Front Range into the Wednesday afternoon commute, although well-treated roads will be passable.

Expect difficult travel conditions on I-70 over Vail Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnel and over much of western Colorado and eastern Utah. Difficult conditions continue on I-80 across southern Wyoming as well. There have been occasional closures and temperatures are below zero along parts of that route.

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 05:19:28 pm »

Feeling it here too in North Texas - the grocery stores are packed today and everyone was let out of work/school early b/c the storm is going to hit here this weekend too.

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/cold-snap-felt-across-western-half-of-nation-1386163537-slideshow/

Cold snap felt across western half of nation(PICTURES IN LINK)

A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions blamed in at least six deaths as it threatens crops as far south as California.

The wind chill could drop to 30 degrees below zero in parts of Montana Wednesday while wind chills of minus 20 have already been recorded in the Nebraska Panhandle. Low temperatures in the Denver area were expected to drop below zero over the next several days.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 05:55:34 pm »

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/snow-sleet-to-continue-through-friday-in-tulsa-area/article_2f443664-5db9-11e3-9105-0019bb30f31a.html
Fallin declares state of emergency; Snow, sleet to continue through Friday in Tulsa area
12/5/13

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the winter storm impacting the state.

"The weather is bad and getting worse," said Fallin in a news release. "Emergency personnel are coordinating with state and local officials to ensure we are prepared and ready for whatever comes our way."

The declaration allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

Under the Executive Order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.

In addition, Oklahoma’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahoma’s price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services when a state of emergency has been declared.

Tulsa forecast calls for snow, sleet, single-digit lows

Tulsa's winter weather is mostly expected tonight, with high chances of sleet and snow during the day today, then flurries and freezing drizzle possible Friday.

The National Weather Service forecasts occasional snow and sleet this afternoon. North wind gusts up to 20 mph and highs in the mid-20s are also forecast. Daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than 1 inch is expected.

Overnight in Tulsa, a 100 percent chance of occasional snow and sleet is expected to turn into all snow after 1 a.m. Temperatures are forecast for the upper teens, with north wind gusts up to 20 mph. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2-4 inches is expected.

A 100 percent chance is also forecast for Friday in Tulsa, with occasional snow before 4 p.m., then a slight chance of flurries and drizzle. Highs in the mid-20s with will chill values between 7 and 12 degrees are forecast. Little to no snow accumulation, but 1-3 inches of snow is expected.

A slight chance of flurries and freezing drizzle is forecast before 7 p.m. Friday night, with overnight lows around 7 degrees and wind chill values between minus-6 and 4 degrees.

Snow chances diminish to 30-40 percent Saturday night through Sunday night, with overnight low temperatures in the teens forecast for Tulsa.

The lowest temperatures of the coming days are forecast for Monday night, which has a low of around 6 degrees. The next time Tulsa temperatures may rise above freezing is Wednesday, with a highs in the low 30s forecast.

Winter storm warning for Tulsa County, surrounding areas

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Tulsa County and surrounding areas, in effect 11 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Friday.

Other counties under this warning are Creek, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Rogers and Washington.

A mix of wintry precipitation is expected to reach areas near and northwest of Interstate 44 very late this morning, more likely this afternoon. Sleet and snow are likely this afternoon, with 0.5 to 2 inches of accumulation expected. A second round of heavier precipitation, primarily snow, is expected late tonight into Friday, the weather service forecasts.

From 11 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Friday, 3-6 inches of snow and sleet accumulation is expected in these areas.

Another winter storm warning is now in effect through 6 p.m. Friday for Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee and Wagoner counties.

Through 6 p.m. Friday, 4-7 inches of snow and sleet accumulation is expected, with less than 0.25 of an inch of ice accumulation in these areas, the weather service forecasts.

Ice storm warning in southeast Oklahoma

The weather service also declared an ice storm warning until 6 p.m. Friday for Haskell, Latimer and Pittsburg counties.

Before a transition tonight over to sleet, these areas are expected to received 0.25 to 0.5 of an inch of freezing rain today.

Lesser freezing rain amounts are expected in northwest Pittsburg and northwest Haskell counties.

An ice storm warning is also in effect for Choctaw, LeFlore, Pushmataha and Sequoyah counties. Freezing rain is expected to develop this morning and continue this afternoon into tonight.

Many of these areas are expected to receive 0.25 to 0.75 of an inch of freezing rain. 1 inch or more of freezing rain is expected from Choctaw across southeast Pushmataha into southeast LeFlore.

Bedlam football forecast calls for low temperatures, but not snow

The National Weather Service expects freezing temperatures Saturday morning in Stillwater, but no snow until after the game.

Overnight single-digit low temperatures with wind chill values as low as minus-2 degrees should make Stillwater feel extremely cold.

Highs during the day are only forecast to reach the low-20s. East to northeast 7 mph winds may make temperatures feel even colder.

Snow chances -- 50 percent -- do not start until Saturday night in Stillwater, which also has slight freezing rain chances on Sunday.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 06:06:14 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/heavy-ice-snow-threaten-wide-swath-united-states-160743298.html
Winter storm brings icy blast to wide swath of United States
12/5/13

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - People from Texas to New York were bundling up on Thursday against winter weather that closed schools and businesses, blanketed roads and power lines with ice and threatened to disrupt travel across a wide swath of the United States.

The southern plains and central region, including Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas were expected to be especially hard hit, according to the National Weather Service.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, people scrambled to stock their cupboards as temperatures plunged. Many grocery stores reported running low on bread, milk, bottled water and snack foods by noon Thursday.

Holly Vines, a Little Rock resident, hoped she could still find something on the shelves.

"I'm going to get coffee, cigarettes and cat food then I'm going to get my sable coat out of storage in case I have to sleep in it," she said.

Utility provider Entergy Arkansas said it was bringing in an additional 6,700 workers to help with downed power lines and outages that could last a week. The company urged people to make sure they had flashlights, fresh batteries, food, water and first-aid kits.

Many roads and highways in northwest Arkansas were covered with ice. Schools, including the University of Arkansas, were closing early or canceled classes entirely. Arkansas State Police said there were numerous reports of car accidents.

"In some locations, a glaze of ice may span several days and last into the weekend," meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said on AccuWeather.com.

Missouri and states eastward and north to New York are likely to see more snow than ice as the wintry weather hits Thursday evening, bringing up to 6 inches of snow to cities including St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Albany, New York, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service said 4 inches to 8 inches of snow was forecast for Missouri overnight and into Friday.

"This evening, we will see travel conditions severely impacted," said weather service meteorologist Andy Foster in Springfield, Missouri.

The frigid weather sweeping across the Midwest and Southern Plains follows a storm that dumped up to 22 inches of snow in parts of Minnesota earlier this week.

Conditions were so harsh in South Dakota that an ice skating rink in Rapid City was closed this week to protect public safety, officials said. The temperature was forecast on Thursday night to drop to 18 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (minus 27 degrees Celsius).

The rink annually draws about 20,000 visitors in a state used to severe winter weather, but the cold and accompanying high winds this week are too extreme, said Megan Whitman, spokeswoman for the group that runs the rink.

The U.S. west coast is not being spared the chill, with record-setting low temperatures predicted through the weekend in parts of California and Oregon that could threaten citrus and other crops in the area, AccuWeather.com officials said.

(Additional reporting by Carey Gillam in Chicago; Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas and Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Missouri; Editing by Dan Grebler and Grant McCool)
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2013, 11:40:39 am »

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/ilate-week-ice-storm-texas-to-pennsylvania/20571898
One of the Worst Ice Storms in Years Continues From Texas to Kentucky
12/6/13

An ice storm will continue to affect millions of people into Friday and threaten to cut power for hundreds of thousands from northern Texas to western Kentucky.

Travel by vehicle or foot will be dangerous during and after the storm, due to icy roads and falling trees and power lines. The power could be out for days in hard-hit areas. In some locations hit by ice, temperatures will dip into the single digits and teens in the storm's wake, causing wet and slushy areas to freeze solid and adding to the hardship for those without heat.



Metro areas from Dallas to Little Rock, Ark.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Evansville, Ind.; and Louisville, Ky.; will be affected by a period of freezing rain that will build up on exposed surfaces, including trees and power lines.

In some locations, the storm has the potential to allow one half an inch or more of ice to accumulate on the ground and accrue on elevated surfaces.

The storm is similar in size and may be similar in magnitude to a storm just several years ago.



According to Jesse Ferrell, weather expert and storm chaser for AccuWeather.com, "This will be the worst ice storm for the United States since January 2009 and will affect many of the same areas as that storm."

The New York Times reported that 1.4 million homes and businesses lost power in that late January storm.

Lingering, and in some cases intensifying, cold air in the wake of the storm will prevent the ice from melting quickly and can make immediate cleanup difficult, if not impossible. Many road crews have limited ice-melting compounds at their disposal.

Adding to potential damage or complicating cleanup further, a second round of ice will follow in some areas over the weekend, as a second large storm rolls in from the Southwestern states.



"Every few years there is a blockbuster ice storm somewhere in the U.S. and these storms are no stranger to the South Central region," Ferrell said.

A storm cut the power to over 500,000 people from New Mexico to Arkansas in late December of 2000. Another ice storm hit hard in February of 1994 from Arkansas to Tennessee and Alabama.

"One of the worst ice storms in recent decades hit in 1998 in the Northeast U.S. and neighboring Canada where close to 3 million utility customers lost power," Ferrell added.

For some areas, enough cold air may come in at critical layers of the atmosphere to bring more sleet and snow, rather than freezing rain. This is most likely on the northwest fringe of the storm over the Central states and farther to the northeast over part of the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians.



Cities that are likely to be spared the worst of the ice but forecast to receive more snow as a result include Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Snow and sleet will generally be easier for drivers and road crews to deal with. While some vehicles and tires are better than others in snow, almost none offer fail-safe traction on a glaze of ice.

The storm bringing the ice to the South Central states is separate from the storm that blasted the northern Plains and Upper Midwest with heavy snow and gusty winds in recent days. Arctic air accompanies and follows the storms.
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2013, 06:23:54 pm »

At least from what I see outside, the snow stopped this morning - however, the temperatures are so cold, and not much sunlight, that pretty much all of the snow that landed on the ground is still stuck. Still not able to open my front door and gates. But hey - the Lord is providing for us(food, clothing, warmth inside the house, etc), so we are very thankful!

1The 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

http://news.yahoo.com/massive-winter-storm-wallops-texas--much-of-the-midwest-143009580.html
12/6/13
'Worst ice storm' in years wallops Texas, much of the Midwest

DALLAS — Tens of thousands of people remained without power here late Friday after a massive winter storm blanketed North Texas in a thick coat of freezing rain and sleet.

Police pleaded with motorists to stay off frozen freeways. Ice on power lines forced public transportation officials to suspend the region’s light rail service.

Dallas’ woes are part of a severe cold snap stretching more than a 1,000 miles from the southern Plains to New England.

“This will be the worst ice storm for the United States since January 2009 and will affect many of the same areas as that storm
,” said Jesse Ferrell, weather expert and storm chaser for AccuWeather.com.

The National Weather Service issued ice and winter storm advisories for more than a dozen states. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee — where thousands are also without power — have already declared states of emergency. Treacherous driving conditions were blamed for several deaths across the country, according to The Associated Press.

Government forecasters warned of possible prolonged power outages in some areas from Central Texas to the Lower Ohio Valley.

While the precipitation had moved out of North Texas by Friday afternoon, the weather service painted a frigid picture as the storm rumbles east:

As the upper-level forcing associated with the arctic front pushes eastward this evening and tomorrow, the threat of wintry precipitation will shift eastward from the Mid-south into the Appalachians, northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England as the night progresses. Additional ice accumulations of less than a quarter of an inch are expected from extreme northern Mississippi northeastward to southern New England through early Saturday. Behind the band of freezing rain, snow is expected to accumulate 1 to 5 inches from across the central Appalachians through central New England through tonight.

Jeff Masters, a meteorologist at Weather Underground, wrote that the arctic air “will bring temperatures 10 to 40 degrees below average to more than 80 percent of the contiguous U.S. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.”

The winter weather crippled airports as well. Thousands of flights were canceled across the country. American Airlines, headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth, called off nearly 1,000 flights.

In North Texas where temperatures are not expected to get above freezing until possibly Sunday afternoon, the storm dumped 1 to 3 inches of sleet late Thursday and early Friday. Freezing rain snapped tree branches and crusted power lines in ice.

Customers and power companies were using social media to report and respond to outages.

In Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, reserve power line crews were being called in from other states to try and restore heat to homes.

In Richardson, north of Dallas, Amanda Fancher said she was roused out of bed at 4 a.m. Friday when a 35-year-old hackberry tree came crashing down in her front yard. The impact set off the alarm on a car parked nearby.

“It was a really big tree,” Fancher told Yahoo News. “It's crazy that it didn't land on anything. The whole tree is covered in ice.”

The hardest-hit areas could see more of the same by Saturday when a second storm system, which is already bringing snow to parts of California, Oregon and Nevada, pushes east across the Plains and into the Midwest.

The frigid forecast was unwelcome news to some 25,000 runners who had planned to participate in Sunday's Dallas Marathon. Race officials called off the event early Friday afternoon.

“We regret that the race will not go on as planned, but are confident this decision is in the best interest of our runners, volunteers, spectators and the general public,” the organizers wrote on their website.
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http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2013/12/07/thousands-without-power-as-deadly-winter-storm-slams-south-midwest/?intcmp=latestnews
12/7/13
Thousands without power as deadly winter storm slams South, Midwest

DALLAS –  Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.

Earlier this week, many in Texas were basking in spring-like temperatures that hit the 80s. But by Thursday, Texas was facing the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow.

The weather forced the cancellation of Sunday's Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months. A quarter of a million customers in North Texas were left without power, and many businesses told employees to stay home to avoid the slick roads.

Rob Yates, 44, of the Dallas suburb of Rowlett, had trained for four months to participate in the half-marathon Sunday — his first time competing at that distance. His wife and three children were going to attend the race to volunteer and cheer him on, he said.

Now, "I'll probably be catching up on some work," Yates said, laughing.

Yates spent Friday at home with his children, who were outside pulling off icicles and wishing more snow had fallen. But Yates, originally from near Manchester, England, said he stayed inside with his wife.

"It's kind of unusual weather for Dallas, so they're just having fun with it," Yates said. "Me and my wife — adults are not particularly impressed with it."

Friday's storm stretched from South Texas, where anxious residents bagged outdoor plants to protect them from the cold, through the Midwest and Ohio Valley and up into northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes.

In California, four homeless people have died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay Area since last week, authorities said. One victim was found dead Nov. 28, and the other deaths were discovered in the last two days, Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Dave Lera said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Lera said three of the victims died at homeless encampments in San Jose, while a fourth died in a garage "with the door opened."

Temperatures in San Jose fell to 30 degrees Friday morning, breaking the record low of 32 degrees for that date, which was set in 1904. The low on Nov. 28 was 45 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

In North Texas, agencies and residents haven't forgotten the disastrous week before the Super Bowl two years ago, when an inadequate response to a snowstorm crippled the region and left visitors stranded on impassable highways.

People in the Dallas area raided grocery shelves and home improvement stores Thursday in advance of what one store manager joked was the Black Friday of bad weather — "Ice Friday." Most people appeared to heed warnings Friday to stay inside.

Bundled up against the elements, Matthew Johnson was one of the few people braving the cold Friday.

"We're going to walk the dog and have fun outside, I guess," said Johnson, standing near his home in the Dallas suburb of Richardson.

The weather led to more than 1,000 cancelations at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's busiest airports and a key hub for Fort Worth-based American Airlines. Many travelers were stuck waiting — and hoping for another flight. Those arriving in North Texas were having trouble finding cabs as many drivers stayed home. Dallas-area light rail trains were not running.

"I don't let things like this stop me," said Dayo Bankale, a taxi driver at the airport Friday. "I'm not scared."

Rosibel Gutierrez Artavia, shivering in a light sweater as she waited for a taxi, had traveled from Alajuela, Costa Rica, to suburban Fort Worth to see family. Relatives called her before she left Costa Rica to warn her to pack warm. But she got the call when she was already at the airport.

"I did not come prepared with snow clothes," Artavia said in Spanish.

But she was thankful the weather didn't prevent her from boarding a flight that got her from Houston to North Texas and close to her family.

"I prayed to God and he listened to me," she said.

Others didn't make it to Dallas at all.

Julie Bahbaz, 31, of Little Rock, Ark., was planning to run in the marathon but decided Friday not to try to drive the more than 300 miles to Dallas shortly before the race was canceled.

"I've been thinking about it for the last couple of days and hoping (the forecasts) were wrong, but apparently not," Bahbaz said.

Police in Arlington, about 20 miles west of Dallas, reported one driver was killed when his car slammed into a truck. Authorities in Oklahoma reported two weather-related traffic deaths.

Storms this week dumped 1 to 2 feet of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin and draped many communities in skin-stinging cold. The temperature in parts of North Dakota on Thursday was a few degrees below zero, but wind chill pushed it to nearly 40 below.
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http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/07/us/weather-winter-storm/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
12/7/13
Winter weather: Power outages, travel nightmare -- and snow in Vegas?

(CNN) -- The deadly winter storm system that hit the nation this week showed no sign of relenting on Saturday, as it tracked across the nation, dropping heavy snow and blasting unseasonably cold air into parts of the West and through the Northern Plains.

The South was hammered. In Dallas temperatures dropped to 20 degrees, freezing hard the slush that had blanketed the region on Friday. The ice took a toll on power lines. More than 200,000 customers were without power.

The latest fatality from the storm was reported in Lewisville, about 25 miles north of Dallas, where the driver of a pickup lost control on an icy road. The pickup spun out of control on a road over Lake Lewisville, went over a guard rail and landed in the water. Firefighters dove into the frigid water and towed the truck to the bridge. The unidentified driver died.

Also in Texas, a passenger was killed Thursday when a vehicle lost control and crashed into another car in Hockley County, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

An Arkansas man was killed late Thursday when a tree fell on his camper in Pope County, the Department of Emergency Management said.

Highway Patrol officials in Oklahoma blamed at least one death, in Muskogee, on the weather.

In New Mexico, drivers dealt with icy roads. One person died when a semi crashed near Clines Corners.

About 116 storm-related injuries have been reported in Oklahoma, including 48 falls, the state health department said.

The storm also took a toll on travel, causing hundreds of car crashes and forcing the cancellation on Friday of nearly 700 flights -- about 80% of the total -- from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Some 4,000 would-be passengers wound up spending the night there.

But the FAA said Saturday morning that normal operations had resumed.

The temperature in Dallas was not expected to exceed 30 degrees on Saturday, 33 on Sunday and 35 on Monday. The average for this time of year is 59 degrees.

For the first time in 26 years, Dallas canceled a holiday parade that had been scheduled for Saturday and called off its annual marathon, slated for Sunday.

Its impact was felt far and wide: 80 miles west of Dallas, Mineral Wells, Texas, got hit by three and a half inches of sleet. And nearly a foot of snow fell in Centerton, Arkansas, 350 miles northeast of Dallas.

Across the High Plains and into the Great Lakes, temperatures were expected to be 10 to 35 degrees below average, with wind chill values predicted to reach 35 to 45 degrees below zero in some areas.

The wintry mix was moving across Texas into Arkansas and across the Mississippi River Valley into the Ohio River Valley toward Washington, where snow or sleet was predicted on Sunday.

Temperatures were expected to plummet Sunday in New York and Boston as a secondary system works its way into the Northeast, dropping sleet and snow.

From the central Appalachians through central New England, snow is expected into early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Sleet was predicted from the Tennessee Valley to the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday.

The temperature swings were startling. Hot Springs, Arkansas, basked in a record high of 75 on Wednesday. By Friday, it was shivering through an ice storm, and Saturday's temperature was not expected to exceed 29 degrees.

States of emergency

Residents of Memphis, Tennessee, also saw unusually cold temperatures: Saturday's predicted low of was 18; its predicted high of 31 falls far short of the average high of 54.

The city called off the annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon, which had been scheduled for Saturday.

The governors of Tennessee and Arkansas declared states of emergency ahead of the worst of the storm.

Nearly 30,000 were without power in Arkansas, energy companies reported.

More coming

A wintry mix was forecast for Washington beginning about noon Sunday. The National Weather Service said an ice storm could strike the nation's capital from late Sunday afternoon through the evening hours, but temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by rush hour Monday.

A new storm entered the West, bringing snow to the Pacific Coast on Friday. Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories were issued for eight states, from California to Colorado. Parts of Oregon got up to a foot of snow and there is a chance for snow in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Total snow accumulations will be up to 2 inches.

"The greatest chances for accumulation will be in Summerlin, especially in neighborhoods west of the 215 beltway," the National Weather Service said.

Las Vegas lows will hover around the mid-20s over the weekend.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2013, 11:39:31 am »

Yeah, all of this is very bizarre, to say the least - HAARP/weather control modification is likely behind this, and wouldn't surprise me if this whole system has been compromised now.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013, 11:56:32 am »

this isnt the first time a winter storm has come through.  Roll Eyes

Heck this one doestn even rank in the top 10 anyhwere.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2013, 12:05:19 pm »

this isnt the first time a winter storm has come through.  Roll Eyes

Heck this one doestn even rank in the top 10 anyhwere.

I know - but there's a "Smurfs" episode on YT which shows how they telegraphed their punches with this weather modification tools - in that episode, it showed how after one of the characters started experimenting with it, a bunch of them came in and wanted their share, and when all was said and done, the whole system became compromised and out of wack b/c of this.

But nonetheless, it was Spring-like temps in NT just a couple of days ago or so. And these "big winter storms" seem to be the new norm now.
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2013, 12:09:13 pm »

On second thoughts - I'm a life-long southern guy, so maybe that's why it caught me by surprise this weekend. Wink

FWIW, I remember a big snowstorm in New Orleans way back in 1989 - broke the water pipes throughout the holidays(and it didn't get fixed until over midway through or so). It was a RARE one back then(and caught everyone by surprise).
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2013, 08:03:28 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/snow-ice-deep-freeze-hit-large-swath-us-200252947.html
12/7/13
Snow, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.

Weather forecasters say the powerful weather system has Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic in its icy sights next.

Temperatures in Montana and South Dakota were more than 20 degrees below zero during the day Saturday while much of the Midwest was in the teens and single digits. Wind chill readings could drop as low as 50 below zero in northwestern Minnesota, weather officials said.

Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee, and Virginia officials warned residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape Sunday, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads.

In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay area and about a half-dozen traffic-related deaths were blamed on the weather in several states.

Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said.

Tina Pacheco, her husband and two friends were traveling through Texas on their way to Mexico when the ice-laden interstate became so treacherous that traffic came to a standstill. They were forced to spend Friday night in their pickup truck. They parked on a service road and kept the truck running for heat.

"We couldn't go anywhere," she said, adding, "It's a good thing we had gas."


Jody Gonzalez, chief of Denton County Emergency Services, said about 200 people were in shelters in the Sanger area after getting stuck on the highway. People in that area of I-35 were driving through ruts in 4-inch-thick ice, he said.

Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Releford said road graders and more sand and salt trucks were being sent to try to ease the ice problems.

"We're sending in everything we've got," said Releford.

About 75,000 customers in the Dallas area were without power Saturday, down from a peak of more than 270,000. Oklahoma utilities reported more than 7,500 power outages across the state and western Arkansas.

Some 400 departing flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were canceled, about half of the usual schedule, the airport said. About 3,330 passengers had stayed overnight in the terminals.

Among those stranded in Dallas was Narasimhan Rangarajan of Chennai, India, who was on his way to see his brother in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He laughed that his vacation had been "not so good so far." He said he hoped his flight Saturday night to Salt Lake City would take off.

Freezing rain and sleet are likely again Saturday night in Memphis, Nashville and other areas of Tennessee before the storm starts surging northeast.

"It looks like we're going to be stuck with this for one, two, maybe three days," said Memphis attorney Sam Chafetz, who was going home early to enjoy some bourbon-soaked sweet potatoes left over from Thanksgiving.

"I'm not afraid of the ice and snow, I'm afraid of the other drivers who don't know how to drive in it," Chafetz said.

In Virginia, state Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard said the storm had the potential to be a "historic ice event."

"This forecast is very concerning to us," Southard said Saturday. "I've worked multiple disasters, but I've never worked an ice storm with a forecast like this. It's just really important for everybody to take extra precautions."


The weather forced the cancellation of countless events, including Sunday's Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months, and the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, expected to include 20,000.

Meanwhile, a football game between Central Florida and Southern Methodist in ice-covered Dallas went on in front of a sparse crowd.

Around 7 inches of snow fell in northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis, and 8 to 9 inches fell in parts of southern Indiana. The storm dumped a foot of snow and more in some areas of Illinois, with police scrambling to respond to dozens of accidents and forced scores of schools to remain closed.

Ice accumulated on trees and power lines in Memphis and the rest of West Tennessee after layers of sleet fell throughout the region Friday but most roads were passable Saturday.

Looking ahead, the National Weather Service says a wind chill advisory is in effect for parts of northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel. Forecasters say wind chill readings between zero and minus-5 degrees may occur. Usually in the area, snowstorms are followed by fairly quick rebounds into warm weather, but not this time.

Ice had built up on the windshields and roofs of parked cars throughout Memphis into Saturday. Law enforcement reported an increase in traffic crashes, and scattered power outages affected more than 3,000 people, emergency and utility officials said.

Residents were told to prepare for a few days without power, prompting them to rush to stores to stock up on groceries, buy electricity generators and gas up their cars. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reminded residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone.
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2013, 12:06:04 pm »

Southern California Santa Ana Winds and cold
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/southern-california-snow-cold/20757018

Snow, Ice Disrupt Travel in Chicago, Minnesota and Midwest
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/snow-ice-may-disrupt-travel-in/20754961

Ice Storm Virginia, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and NE USA
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/ice-storm-virginia-pennsylvani/20752911

Bitterly Cold Air Lingers
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/little-rock-and-freezing-rain/20719783

Beautiful closeups of snowflakes in details
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/snowflake-photos-alexey-kljatov/20716778
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