US winter storms kill seven: media

This December 28, 2018 satellite image obtained courtesy of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows s
This December 28, 2018 satellite image obtained courtesy of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows severe weather—heavy snow and high winds—in the US Midwest

Parts of the United States were digging out Saturday from winter storms that media reports said led to at least seven deaths, while warmer regions braced for potential flooding during the New Year's travel period.

Hardest hit were parts of the northern Plains, the upper Midwest, and a southwestern region from Arizona to western Texas. As storm clouds moved east, they were set to bring heavy and probably flooding to the Gulf Coast, and both rain and freezing rain to New England.

Flight tracker FlightAware reported more than 129 flight cancellations and 1,006 delays Saturday—down from more than 500 cancelations and 5,700 delays on Friday—as the winter storm hit north-central and Midwestern states with up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow.

In the southwestern state of New Mexico, forecasters called for up to 18 inches, with temperatures far below normal, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Southeastern states braced for a deluge of rain, and millions in the South were warned of potential flooding.

Mother Nature's wrath

Biloxi, Mississippi was soaked with five inches of rain. Tallahassee, Florida braced for three inches or more of just a week after being hit by eight inches, adding to fears of flooding, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

The weather contributed to several deaths during the week.

A 58-year-old woman in Louisiana was killed Wednesday when a tree struck by lightning fell on her home, according to TV station WDSU.

In Kansas, police said icy roads caused a fatal car crash Thursday on an interstate highway.

A crash Thursday involving a snowplow and a pickup truck in Dunn County, North Dakota, claimed the life of the 37-year-old truck driver, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press newspaper reported.

A 17-year-old boy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was killed in a two-car collision that police blamed on icy roads, the Des Moines Register reported.

Kansas, pictured here in 2013, was struck again with severe weather that police say caused a fatal car crash
Kansas, pictured here in 2013, was struck again with severe weather that police say caused a fatal car crash

A woman on a camping trip in Tennessee died when she was swept away by flood waters while trying to cross a creek, CNN reported.

It said two people died in weather-related collisions in Minnesota, one when a pedestrian was struck by a snowplow blade in Crow Wing County amid poor visibility.

Numerous roads were closed Thursday in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Kansas and Iowa, but by Saturday crews were making progress clearing affected areas.

TV channel KWCH in Wichita, Kansas said on Saturday that safe travel conditions had finally been restored across that state.

But the South Dakota Department of Transportation said warnings against travel remained in effect there.

"Roads are icy, blowing snow is still limiting visibility," the agency said. "Crews are working but Mother Nature is making safe travel tough."

North Dakota on Friday lifted a no-travel advisory that had been issued for the entire east side of the state, even as drifting snow continued to frustrate drivers.

NWS officials in Minnesota cautioned that roads were cloaked in snow, with some areas receiving as much as 16.5 inches.

The predicted the treacherous weather would continue through the weekend in many parts of the country.

Winter weather advisories were in effect Saturday for northern Indiana and southern Michigan.

To the south, were forecast in the central Gulf Coast, in the Florida Panhandle, and stretching east to the mid-Atlantic.

Not all of the country suffered, though. The capital Washington enjoyed blue skies and a temperature around 57F (14C) on Saturday.

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Jan 01, 2019
Global Warming/AGW Climate Change with a snow plow.

Jan 01, 2019
Yes fool. As greed is your motivator, consider this POV.

Global Climate Change means your community is going to be clobbered, on an irregular basis, with wildly changing weather events.

The community leaders have to plan for all the possible probabilities. In advance, before foreseeable dangers occur.

Am I getting through that concrete block you use for a brain?

They have to pre-position manpower, machinery, emergency facilities & supplies.

Educate the Public on what they need to know & how to prepare. Establish comm nets, evacuation routes & possible shelters.

& the kicker? Your taxes are going to pay for all that!

Oh. I know! You think it is stupid to prepare. Instead, the Public should pray away the blizzards & the droughts, the cyclones & the fires, the earthquakes & the floods. Cause that always works... To hear you tell it!

Everybody else is dogging out. You will be busy praying effusively. When you aren't commandeering relief supplies.

Jan 01, 2019
And the above moronic AGWite Chicken Little soothsaying commenter displays the usual tactic that everything is due to AGW.

Jan 01, 2019
well cant, since you are in such desperate need of affirmation?

I am certain we can all agree, that it is a truism that your level of perpetual infantile stupidity is a product of anthropogenic failure to wisely select a better quality of reproductive stock.

Jan 01, 2019
I'm looking at that picture up there and thinking that's a pretty big storm. Like, continent-sized. Bigger than a hurricane.

Storms are fed by heat. Yes, even in the winter, duh.

Jan 01, 2019
Green Houses Don't Snow!
The Warmer it gets the more record snowfalls all over the world?
So much for Al Gores predictions?

Jan 02, 2019
unreal, you need to grow up & stop listening to politicians for scientific verification.
You also need to gain a mature perspective to realize that those who condition your belief system? Have been lying to you.

The irrelevancy of your comment about greenhouses? Conflating small structure reflective heating with global climate changes? Exposes your ignorance of energy mechanics.

If you are in high school soon? & they offer a class in hands-on mechanical engineering?
I suggest you grovel enough to embarrass the instructor into permuting you to attend.

Pay particular attention to the "Why" & "How" of Refrigeration. Your home refrigerator & freezer concentrates the inner heat & conducts it outside the food storage containment. That heat is dissipated through radiating coils.

If you're not too clumsy a dweeb? You could discover this for yourself by placing your hand on the back of the reefer box.

Turn Faux News off & pick-up a science textbook.

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