Arctic blast continues to cause freezing conditions across the United States

Arctic blast continues to cause freezing conditions across the United States

Texas pool pump explodes like Elon Musk’s rocket.

Marine Scott

Bianca Britton

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An unfrozen pool pump suddenly exploded in Texas, leaving the owner escaping disaster — but with his sense of humor completely intact.

The 12 degree cold snap froze the pump, so being “smart, I picked up an industrial heater and put it near the pump,” the Plano man explained on social media.

“Well, the ice melted, I kicked it,” he explained on Sunday. “It rolled over and then the top of my filter chamber broke off and it looked like @elonmusk shot a missile out of my house.”

Probability of death due to hypothermia in Oregon

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The death of a person found at his home near Portland, Oregon, is being investigated as a possible death due to hypothermia, the Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The office declined to determine the age or gender of the person found dead yesterday in Tigard.

Temperatures in Tigard dropped to 16 and 18 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Philadelphia freedom! Traveling to the airport is safe again

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The FAA will lift the weather ban on incoming flights into Philadelphia International Airport at 3 p.m. ET, an airport spokesperson said.

A ground stop decision was issued to prevent planes from landing at the airport at 11:30 am and was scheduled to be lifted at 1 pm before being extended for another two hours.

The video shows a FedEx truck driving around in circles in Kentucky

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There are few jobs as tough and as appreciated today as our brave delivery and postal service employees, who keep goods moving — even if it means walking a few circles through the snow.

This FedEx driver in Bowling Green, Kentucky, appears to have difficulty driving on smooth, snow-covered roads, according to a video captured by bystander Nick Krance.

The expected high temperature in Bowling Green today is 19 degrees.


Another day of misery flying across the United States

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More than 2,100 flights into, into or from the United States have been canceled so far.

A total of 2,113 flights had taken off across a snow-covered America by 2:25 p.m. ET, according to tracking service FlightAware.

This number is actually a slight improvement from yesterday’s misery. Today’s cancellations are likely to be lower than yesterday’s disaster of 3,342 flights.

Many of today’s cancellations are not actually weather related, but are the result of planes not arriving at their destinations yesterday, where they were scheduled to be returned for today’s flights.


ERCOT is asking Texans to continue to conserve power

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The Texas Electricity Reliability Council, which serves most of the Lone Star State’s roughly 30 million residents, asked consumers to keep the economy going for another day as cold temperatures persist.

Even with temperatures rising a bit tomorrow, there is expected to be an increase in energy demand as more people finally return to work or school after the long MLK Day weekend.

Today’s expected high temperatures in Houston and Dallas are 36 and 28 degrees, respectively. Temperatures should rise to relatively mild 47 and 40 degrees in those cities tomorrow.

Texas wants to avoid the disaster that struck in February three years ago when an overwhelmed system left millions out in the cold, without power. US Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, famously returned to frigid Texas after taking off for the warm suburbs of Cancun, Mexico.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues a ground stop upon arrival at Philadelphia International Airport

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the Fcom. ederal avia aAdministration Issued a weather-related ground stop On all flights arriving at Philadelphia International Airport until 1 p.m. ET.

Flights were still taking off from the airport as the temperature was 29 degrees with a light drizzle at 11:45 a.m.

Traditional cold-weather cities are finally seeing snow

Steve Strauss

While most of America spent last weekend hunkered down and sheltering from the snow, traditionally cold-weather cities from Washington, D.C., to New York were skating freely — even yesterday afternoon and this morning.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport received 4.1 inches since yesterday afternoon, while nearby Baltimore-Washington International Airport received 4.9 inches and Philadelphia International Airport recorded 3.3 inches.

About 1.4 inches had fallen in New York City’s Central Park as of this morning.

After a weekend of brutal football weather, we are back to the usual cold weather

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After a weekend in which the weather played a major role in the NFL playoffs, life on the field should return to its familiar, chilly settings.

It will be one of those cold spots in Baltimore football late Saturday afternoon when the top-seeded Ravens host the Houston Texans. The expected high temperature of 27 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees that day will certainly be uncomfortable but not as unbearable as it was in Kansas City, where the Chiefs cruised to a wild win in the fourth-coldest game in NFL history American football.

The Buffalo Bills and Chiefs are scheduled to battle it out early Sunday evening in Orchard Park, New York, with the high temperature that day expected to reach 26 degrees with a wind chill of 15 degrees. This cold will not include the heavy snow that recently blanketed western New Jersey. York and forced the Pittsburgh Steelers-Bills wild card game to be postponed for 27 1/2 hours.

Nearly 40 people were treated for hypothermia in Fort Worth, Texas

Patrick Smith

At least 38 people, including a 15-year-old, have been treated for hypothermia in Texas since Friday, MedStar Mobile Healthcare said in a statement today.

One patient was found in serious condition on Sunday. The oldest person to receive treatment was 72 years old. Most of the patients were recovered from a street, highway or public building, while three of them sought help from a residence.

Under the severe weather response protocol, patients in an “unprotected environment” get a faster response when the “true” temperature drops below 20 degrees below zero, the company said. The priority is to “get the patient out of the elements and into a warm place.” “Ambulance as soon as possible,” the statement said.

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