The bitter cold is easing, but a new Arctic blast is due soon

The bitter cold is easing, but a new Arctic blast is due soon

A Florida rescue organization is racing to find indoor shelters for dogs amid the cold

Catherine Ito

As freezing temperatures sweep the United States, Florida Emergency Rescue volunteers are bringing dogs from outside kennels to Pet Paradise locations, where they will remain for the next week.

“Dogs in Florida are not used to cold weather,” Mike Merrill, founder of Florida Urgent Rescue, told NBC affiliate WTLV in Jacksonville. “They can get frostbite. They can get exposed to the sun. They can die.”

The massive size of the upcoming winter storm as seen in satellite images

Patrick Smith

According to satellite images, a severe winter storm already dumping snow and freezing rain on the Pacific Ocean and the interior Northwest is moving east.

NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shared an animation based on water vapor images, showing the storm moving toward the Rocky Mountains today as it continues east.

Cars buried by snow in New York were captured in social media footage

Patrick Smith

Severe weather that hit upstate New York this morning drenched homes and cars in inches of snow, as seen in this video posted by a West Seneca weather spotter to X. The lake effect is expected to last through most of the day and has led to a driving ban. In towns south and west of Buffalo.

Tennessee’s energy supplier is asking customers to reduce consumption

Patrick Smith

A major energy supplier urged 10 million residents across Tennessee and six surrounding states to conserve energy as electricity demand soars to record levels amid the extreme cold.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federally owned utility, said in a statement that it is asking customers to “be aware of their energy consumption” between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Central time (11 a.m. Eastern time).

“Extremely cold temperatures and near-zero wind chills are causing increased energy demand for heating over an extended period of time for more than 10 million people across the seven-state TVA region,” the company said.

Utility providers in Texas made the same plea to customers earlier this week.

A driving ban has been imposed near Buffalo after heavy snowfall

Patrick Smith

A driving ban has been imposed For towns south and east of Buffalo, New York, this morning after about 6 inches fell overnight due to lakeshore snow.

The ban covers the cities of Hamburg, Orchard Park, West Seneca, Lancaster, Cheektowaga, including all surrounding villages, and the city of Lackawanna. Everywhere else in Erie County is subject to a travel advisory.

Hamburg’s Office of Emergency Services said in a statement this morning that authorities were “having difficulty keeping up with several disabled vehicles,” including a tractor-trailer on Route 179, stranding other vehicles.

At the National Weather Service He told people To expect “near whiteout” conditions in the range of heavy snow that will last most of the day and potentially fall 4 inches per hour.

Nearly 100 million in the United States are under the brunt of the icy Arctic weather

Maggie Vespa

Al Roker

Dangerously low temperatures continue to grip the United States, with 95 million people still under wind chill advisories. The harsh winter blast is also wreaking havoc on air travel, with more than 2,400 flights canceled on Tuesday. NBC’s Maggie Vespa and TODAY’s Al Roker track the latest forecasts.

Wind and flood warnings as winter weather arrives in Hawaii

Patrick Smith

Hawaii was under warnings of high winds and flooding overnight as winter weather moved across the Pacific Ocean.

Flood-prone roads are closed in Maui County as a flood warning is in effect for the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe, set to expire at 2 a.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).

On the Big Island, a warning is in place until 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) due to expected winds of up to 75 mph on the higher peaks.

“Winds can force doors open and damage their hinges or lock them, potentially causing injuries,” Maui County said in a statement.

Six people have been confirmed dead in Tennessee in weather-related incidents

Patrick Smith

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said last night that winter weather has caused six deaths, as the state continues to experience extreme cold.

Two people have died in Shelby County, one in Hickman County, one in Madison County and two in Washington County. No further details were revealed about the identity of the dead or the causes of death.

This brings the total number of deaths since Friday to 12 nationwide.

A state of emergency was declared across Tennessee on January 13, and is not scheduled to be lifted until January 27.

Authorities are urging people across the state to reduce electricity use where possible and turn down thermostats to 68 degrees or lower. Many places across the state are seeing their coldest weather in nearly 20 years, with temperatures as low as 13 below zero for some.

Nashville received a record 6.3 inches of snow on Monday, higher than the city’s average annual snow total from 1991 to 2020 of 4.7 inches.

The Bodyboarder spends most of his snow day in Washington, DC

Max Butterworth

A man was photographed jumping from a pile of snow using a skateboard outside the US Capitol yesterday.

Brendan Smielowski/AFP via Getty Images

A state of emergency has been declared in Oregon County due to damage caused by winter storms

Patrick Smith

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek declared a state of emergency throughout Linn County last night after ice storms caused extensive damage.

“Lane County experienced significant damage as a result of the winter storm conditions we are seeing across Oregon,” Kotick said in a statement. “This emergency declaration will support the county in accessing critical federal resources to assist in reconstruction and recovery efforts.”

The statement said damage was caused to infrastructure and facilities in many services.

Multnomah County, Lincoln County, Washington County, Hood River County and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians have declared a local state of emergency.

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