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Snow and Ice Storms Cut Across South and Mid-Atlantic

Winter Weather Kentucky
David Stephenson—AP Jamie McCall shovels his driveway as he tries to keep up with the snowfall at his home in Paris, Ky., Feb. 16, 2015.

Blizzard conditions stretch south of the Mason-Dixon line, leaving a quarter of a million people without power

A wintry blast of snow and ice swept from the Midwest to the South on Monday night, burying some regions in more than a foot of snow and cutting off power to hundreds of thousands of homes.

Power outages rolled across Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Arkansas, NBC News reports, as sheets of ice downed power lines and coated city streets. Six governors declared states of emergency and over a quarter-million people were without power Tuesday morning.

The highest recorded snowfall, 18 in., fell in eastern Kentucky, while accumulations of up to 9 in. were forecast for Washington, D.C., as snow fell up and down the Eastern seaboard. The federal government said it would be closed Tuesday because of the inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the city of Ithaca in upstate New York has officially posted a surrender notice to this year’s winter weather, inviting visitors to its official tourism webpage to visit Key West instead:

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[NBC News]

 

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Ice Storm Leaves Quarter Million in South Without Power

APTOPIX Winter Weather Kentucky
David Stephenson—AP University of Kentucky students Courtney Wiseman, left, and Abby Lerner walk home after studying on campus even as classes were canceled for the day in Lexington, Ky., Feb. 16, 2015.

Snow and ice from Mississippi to Carolinas leaves 250,000 without power on Tuesday morning

A rare band of snow and ice pummeling the South left more than a quarter of a million customers without power, canceled 3,000 flights, and triggered mayhem on the roads early Tuesday.

Some 20 million Americans were under winter storm warnings at 4:45 a.m. ET after the storm hit on Monday. Six governors from Mississippi to Virginia declared states of emergency and ice storm warnings were in effect for two million people in Tennessee and South Carolina.

And the region was far from out of the woods: Forecasters warned that another system arriving Thursday looked likely to bring more snow…

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Boston’s Public Transit Won’t See Full Service for 30 Days

Pedestrians walk along snow covered, MBTA subway rails on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston
Brian Snyder—Reuters Pedestrians walk along snow covered, MBTA subway rails on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts following a winter storm on Feb. 15, 2015.

“This last round really crippled our infrastructure and our vehicle fleet"

Record-setting snowfall has so disrupted Boston’s main public transportation system that it may need a month to return to full service, the MBTA said Monday.

“As long as we don’t get hit with another storm like the last one, it will be back in 30 days,” Beverly Scott, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, said at a news conference, according to the Boston Globe. Scott cautioned it may take even longer if another major storm hits.

“This last round really crippled our infrastructure and our vehicle fleet,” she added. “It created operational challenges and created severe damage which will take time to recover from.”

A series of winter storms have made February the snowiest month in Boston’s recorded history and workers have been struggling to clear snow and ice from the rail system, known as the “T.” Scott said areas that have been hit particularly hard in the storms, and lines that are most used by commuters, are being initially targeted for cleanup.

[Boston Globe]

TIME weather

Northeast Shivers as Another Winter Storm Heads to Mid-Atlantic

New England Snow
Michael Dwyer—AP A man walks an unplowed street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.

Some cities could see new record-low temperatures

The Northeast faced frigid temperatures in the single digits on Monday, as snow inundated large swaths of the South, knocking out power for almost a quarter of a million homes and forcing the cancellation of some 2,000 flights nationwide.

New Englanders shouldn’t hope for things to warm up anytime soon. Arctic air is expected to spread from the Midwest to the Northeast this week, chilling cities from Chicago to New York with single-digit temperatures.

The worst of the cold is predicted to affect the Midwest on Wednesday before drifting east into Thursday. Cities around both regions could see new record-low temperatures, AccuWeather.com reports. But even Florida will feel the bitter cold, with temperatures expected to fall into the 30s in Orlando.

Meanwhile, another winter storm barreled across the Plains and the Ozarks on Monday, dropping snow, sleet and ice on its way. Schools in Arkansas were closed due to sleet and traffic accidents in the icy conditions increased six-fold in Kentucky.

Several inches of snow had already accumulated in Washburn, Mo., Monday morning; further east, Nashville, Tenn. already had about a quarter of an inch of ice on the ground, according to the National Weather Service.

Power outages throughout the region have affected thousands of people, including 32,000 customers in Arkansas, according to NBC News. After the storm is done showering ice and snow on states from Oklahoma to Kentucky, it is predicted to head toward the mid-Atlantic—and maybe even New England.

If it gets as far north as Boston, that city—already pummeled by several winter storms—will come even closer to surpassing its all-time record for snowiest season. At 95.7 inches so far, Beantown has less than a foot to go to top the winter of ’95 to ’96.

[Weather]

TIME viral

Watch Jim Cantore From the Weather Channel Totally Win at His Job

He's having his best life right now

A severe blizzard may put a damper on a normal person’s day, but for the Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, it’s like hitting the jackpot.

During his coverage of the blizzard that slammed New England over the weekend, Cantore came face-to-face with the phenomenon called “thundersnow” — a snowy gale accompanied by lightning and thunder.

After a lightning strike prompted a victory celebration more ESPN than Weather Channel, Cantore struck a champion’s pose and declared, “That’s number 5 baby!”

What’s more, this is not the first time thundersnow has turned Cantore into a viral video. Check out his reaction to a 2011 storm in Chicago.

TIME weather

Bitter Cold Lingers Over Northeastern U.S.

Winter storm maintains a tight grip on parts of the U.S.

A pocket of the U.S. is facing bitter cold and high-force winds on Sunday as yet another winter storm makes its way across the Northeast.

Residents in the New England area continue to remain under blizzard warnings, with parts of Massachusetts already under 2 ft. of new snow, according to the Weather Channel. Over 98 in. of snow has fallen in the Boston area this year alone, according to CBS Boston meteorologist Eric Fisher — it’s second snowiest season on record.

States between Connecticut and North Carolina are under high-wind warnings; damage has already been reported in the Carolinas, where 200,000 reportedly lost power. Illinois, Michigan and Indiana residents are digging their way out of a blanket of snow that fell overnight.

Unfortunately for residents, the National Weather Service says the bitter cold is expected to linger in the Northeast at least until Monday. The high in most areas will be below freezing while the wind chill is set to remain below zero.

Late Sunday, those in states between Oklahoma and northern Georgia can expect a “wintry mix” leading into Monday.

[The Weather Channel]

TIME weather

Snow, Blistering Cold Strikes New England

The fourth storm in less than a month is leading to biting lows and deadly driving conditions

Dangerously strong winds whipped across New England on Sunday morning, as emergency workers scrambled to clear snow and ice. It is the fourth major winter storm in the region in less than a month.

Eight to 14 inches of snow were expected in southern New England and up to two feet in Maine. Forecasts called for lows of minus 10 degrees forecast in some areas Sunday night.

National Weather Service meteorologist William Babcock told USA Today that road conditions will be dangerous as a result of widespread winds stirring relatively dry snow. “On Sunday, the best thing people can do is stay home, stay indoors,” he said.

[USA Today]

TIME weather

Valentine’s Day ‘Snow Hurricane’ Hits New England

Just stay indoors with your Valentine already

A Valentine’s Day blizzard with hurricane-force winds was set to pummel much of New England on Saturday.

Blizzard warnings were issued in six states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island—as the fourth major snowstorm of the season made its way toward the East Coast. Iat had already dumped eight inches in parts of Michigan by Saturday afternoon.

MORE: It’s Better to Be Single on Valentine’s Day

New York City and Philadelphia remained under winter weather advisories while Boston, which has already experienced a historic total of almost eight feet of snow this season, could get another foot. Parts of Massachusetts were forecasted to receive 18 inches, and Cape Cod could experience hurricane-force wind gusts.

The bottom line is, stay inside with your Valentine and don’t poke your head out until April. And if you’re single, you have a perfect excuse to do absolutely nothing.

TIME Know Right Now

Know Right Now: Northeast Faces Record-Setting Cold

Temperatures are expected to drop into the lower single digits by Monday

The Northeast is preparing itself for what forecasters warn could be some of the coldest temperatures to hit the region in two decades. Find out more by watching today’s Know Right Now, and read more here.

TIME weather

9 Insane Facts About Boston’s Snow

These numbers show just how rough the winter has been

Boston has been pummeled with record snowfall this season, and more is likely on the way—a storm is predicted to drop 8 to 10 inches this weekend. Here are 9 reasons why that’s not particularly welcome news for Bostonians:

1. Boston set a new record for most snowfall in a 30-day period, with 73.3 inches between Jan. 12 and Feb. 10.

2. The city’s total accumulation for the winter season is 79.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

3. That means Boston needs 28.2 more inches before spring to top its all-time seasonal record of 107.6, which it reached in 1995-96.

4. Across the state, plows have shoveled enough snow to fill the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium 90 times.

5. Boston plows have worked a cumulative 136,652 hours as of this writing.

6. In that time, they’ve cleared 244,064 miles of snow.

7. 70,051 tons of salt have been spread on Boston’s roads.

8. Snow melting machines are able to melt 430 tons of snow per hour on the city’s municipal “snow farms,” empty lots where trucks dump the excess buildup from street corners.

9. All of which has cost the city at least $30 million in snow cleanup since Jan. 25.

Bostonians, be careful out there.

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