Extremely cold temperatures and heavy snow are creating dangerous conditions across the United States

Extremely cold temperatures and heavy snow are creating dangerous conditions across the United States

10 vehicles were buried with no injuries in an avalanche on a Colorado highway

An avalanche covered 10 cars and part of a Colorado highway in piles of snow this morning, but no injuries were reported, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

Photos of the slide that covered Interstate 40 near Winter Park depicted a road more suitable for skis and snowboards than family SUVs. She added that the department officially closed the highway after the avalanche was reported at 11:20 a.m.

The covered vehicles and their occupants were recovered from the pile, the department said. She added that crews were working to remove snow this afternoon.

The department warned that up to 12 inches of additional snow was expected along the Rocky Mountain region, which was also under an ongoing avalanche warning.

“We ask motorists to avoid the Interstate 40 to Berthoud Pass corridor,” the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Winter Park Resort reported a base of 50 inches, with 9 inches of recent snow showing powder, cloud cover and an afternoon temperature of 17 degrees.

Video: Heavy snow and winds create almost white-out conditions in the United States

Alabama declares a state of emergency in 25 counties

Ahead of the severe winter weather expected this week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency today for 25 counties.

They are: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Claiborne, Colbert, Coleman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa. Walker and Winston.

“We expect unseasonably cold temperatures in Alabama this week, so I urge everyone to prepare, use caution while traveling, and stay weather aware,” Ivey said in a statement.

As part of the announcement, the state will activate the Alabama National Guard, as well as other state agencies, which will speed up the transfer of emergency equipment and supplies. Some schools and government offices may also be closed depending on conditions.

The number of canceled and delayed flights decreased from yesterday

More than 18,000 flights were delayed today worldwide, and nearly 2,000 flights were canceled as of 4 p.m. ET. This is down from the 22,000 flights delayed and 2,400 canceled yesterday.

By far, Denver and Chicago O’Hare International Airports have seen the highest number of departure and arrival flight cancellations, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport experiences the highest number of delays in the world, affecting more than 50% of its departing and arriving flights.

Amtrak cancels some train services due to the storm

Stormy conditions across the country have prompted Amtrak to adjust its schedule this weekend, partially or completely canceling some train lines.

Passengers whose bookings are affected are typically put on trains with similar departure times or on a different day, according to the warning. Amtrak will also waive surcharges for those who call to change their reservations during the revised operating schedule.

Are you ready to play football? not yet; Snow removal is underway

A worker helps clear snow from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. A potentially dangerous snowstorm that hit the Buffalo area on Saturday prompted the NFL to postpone the Bills' Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  From Sunday to Monday.  New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the NFL cited public safety concerns for the postponement, as up to two feet of snow is expected to fall on the area over a 24-hour period.
Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP

A worker helps clear snow today from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, to prepare for the Buffalo Bills’ playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow. The match was scheduled to take place today, but was postponed due to safety concerns.

Earlier in the day, the Bills asked snow shovelers in a statement not to come to the stadium until further notice. Once the travel ban is lifted, workers will receive more shifts and updated information about reporting times.

A man was killed in Oregon after a tree fell on his home

An elderly man died yesterday in Lake Oswego, Oregon, after a large tree fell on the second floor of the house he was in, local police said.

More than 100 trees fell in the city yesterday, along with power lines, which could cause dangers to roads and sidewalks.

“Today, at least 20 different trees fell on homes, which is extremely rare,” Fire Chief Geert Zuttendijk said in a statement. “I have never seen so many people in my 25-year career here at Lake Oswego Fire.”

Governor Kathy Hochul issued a travel ban for parts of Western New York

Hochul today announced a complete travel ban for most of Erie County due to “potentially life-threatening blizzard-like conditions” in the area.

“My top priority is keeping New Yorkers safe, and this winter storm continues to pose a life and safety risk,” Hochul said in a press release. “Although some areas are no longer experiencing power outage conditions, most of Erie County remains unsafe for motorists.”

The state is urging Western New Yorkers to stay home, because travel may be “impossible and dangerous” in areas affected by the storm as conditions change. Hochul’s office warned that residents should also prepare for possible power outages.

More than 150,000 are without power in Oregon

As freezing rain continues to fall on parts of Oregon today, more than 150,000 customers are experiencing power outages, according to poweroutage.us.

More than 47,000 people were without power across Michigan after heavy snow and high winds hit the state this weekend, and more than 35,000 remained without power in neighboring Wisconsin.

A chainsaw rests on a fallen tree on January 13, 2024, in Portland, Oregon.
A chain saw rests on a fallen tree Saturday in Portland, Ore. Jenny Kane/AP

Governor Kathy Hochul: ‘Too good day not to have a football game’

New York Governor Kathy Hochul posted a video of blizzard conditions in downtown Buffalo on X today. It was announced earlier that today’s Bills-Steelers playoff game has been postponed until tomorrow.

“It seems like a very good day not to have a football match,” she said on the X programme.

Take a look at the winter weather across the United States

A man walks across the street in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
A man walks across the street in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.Andrew Harnick/AP

A dangerous Arctic blast is hitting wide swaths of the country, bringing heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions along with dangerous wind chills.

See some photos of winter conditions across the United States

Read the full story here.

The Buffalo Bills still need help bulldozing Highmark Stadium

Although their playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed until Monday, the Buffalo Bills are still looking for volunteers to help remove snow from inside Highmark Stadium before kickoff.

Dredging will begin at 8am today instead of 10pm on Saturday. There will be three shoveling shifts: 8 a.m., 12 noon, and 4 p.m. Shovelers can work all day Sunday and continue through Monday, if necessary, for an hourly wage of $20.

Prospective shovelers need photo ID to work and will be provided with food and breaks in warm areas throughout their shifts.

NWS says “dangerous” weather and snow storms will continue

A new wave of Arctic air heading south over the Midwestern and northern Plains states will bring “dangerous” cold weather, dangerously low temperatures and wind chills, the National Weather Service’s National Weather Prediction Center said in a new advisory today.

She added that sub-zero winds will affect most parts of the country, reaching parts of the south by next week. Wind chill temperatures from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi Valley will be at minus 30 degrees, posing risks of frostbite and hypothermia to anyone exposed.

She added that heavy snow is expected to fall over the Great Lakes and part of New York, with up to 24 inches of snow expected in upstate New York on Monday. It warned that driving conditions would be dangerous, with blizzards and winds leading to reduced visibility and icy conditions on the roads.

Possible snow storms in New York City

Snow storms are possible today in parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service.

New Yorkers were asked to prepare, because the storms could bring gusty winds and significantly reduce visibility.

Storms often last less than 30 minutes, but can be severe, like a “mini-blizzard,” according to the city’s Emergency Management Department.

New York City residents should be prepared for up to a half-inch of snow on the ground and winds of 40-45 mph from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Roads can get slippery during snowstorms, but because of New York City’s moderate temperatures, they shouldn’t become icy.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the city would work to treat the streets with salt, but he asked New Yorkers to stay off the roads if there is a blizzard warning in their neighborhood.

A winter blast in Iowa has complicated last-minute campaign stops

Drone video captured winter conditions in Des Moines, Iowa, where record cold is complicating upcoming caucuses and prompting candidates to cancel events.

Snow, wind and cold will continue Sunday

Today’s forecast calls for more of the same: more snow, more wind, deep wind chills and lower temperatures across the United States.

Heavy snow is expected to fall downwind of the Great Lakes region through mid-week, with bleak conditions expected, according to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center.

More snow is on the way to parts of the United States, including western and northern New York State, which could see an additional 1 to 2 feet of snowfall through Monday, and Michigan, which could see another 12 inches.

Dangerous wind chills are also expected to continue today, affecting much of the United States and extending south. Some areas — from the northern Rockies to northern Kansas and into Iowa — will see wind chills below 30 below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

Montana and West Dakota will see wind chills as low as 65 below zero.

Heavy snow is expected to impact travel from Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Utah, according to the National Weather Service, which noted that freezing rain in western Oregon could damage trees and power lines.

Parts of the Pacific Northwest and California are also expected to see heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding in some areas.

The South could also see snow, sleet and freezing rain in some areas, including the southern Plains into the Tennessee Valley. The weather service said ice could make travel dangerous in parts of Texas through the lower Mississippi Valley.

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