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On Friday, Southwest Airlines slid off the runway at Eppley Airfield after landing about p. Freezing drizzle was falling at the time. The airport, which closed for several hours because of the accident, tweeted: "There are no injuries and airport fire crews are working with Southwest to deplane the passengers and take them to the terminal. So we ended up off the runway in the grass," Ali Schwanke tweeted Friday. More than 2, flights have been canceled as of Sunday afternoon, flightaware.
Thousands of flights have also been delayed. From about 6 p. Saturday until about Sunday morning, Connecticut State Police responded to 72 crashes, some with minor injuries. Troopers assisted motorist whose vehicles had spun out, gotten stuck or broke down. Snow and sleet also was causing power outages in the state.
More than 30, customers were without electricity as of 3 p. There were a number of reports of trees falling over power lines. The speed limit alongs parts of the Massachusetts Turnpike were reduced to 40 mph because of the weather, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced. Coastal flooding was pushing water into streets in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Exit 14 on Interstate 93 in Boston was also closed because of tidal flooding. A ban on tractor-trailers and buses on most highways in the state began at 3 p. ET Saturday. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 mph on several highways in Allegheny, Beaver, and Lawrence counties because of the hard freeze early Sunday morning.
The ban was lifted at 7 a. Sunday for several roadways. Tom Wolf said. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. Roadways were closed to all non-emergency travel in Erie, Huron, Sandusky, Ottawa and Crawford counties. Lorain, Summit, Medina, Wayne, and Ashland counties were at Level 2 which meant that only people who thought it was necessary to drive should be on the roads.
At one point Sunday morning, more than 13, Ohio customers were without power, according to poweroutage. In Indiana, a jackknifed tractor-trailer was blocking southbound lanes Saturday afternoon on Interstate 65, south mile marker Crews began removing abandoned commercial vehicles from the interstate on Sunday morning. A top snowfall total of 9. The storm caused travel woes across the Plains on Friday as it pushed toward the Midwest. A vehicle pileup on Interstate 55 near Thayer, Missouri, which temporarily closed a section of the interstate in the southeastern side of the state.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported calls for service, stranded motorists, crashes and 43 injuries in addition to the two fatalities. Michael J. Fox, 48, of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, died when his Polaris off-road vehicle ran off the road and rolled over at a. James Haase, 30, of Reeds Spring, Missouri, was killed when he lost control of his Honda Accord on a snow-covered Route OO near Kimberling City and it slid into the path of an oncoming pickup truck shortly before noon Saturday, according to the Highway Patrol.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said Saturday at least five snowplows had been hit by passing vehicles in the past 24 hours. It was one of a number of crashes affecting traffic on I and Interstate The Kansas Highway Patrol said there were several crashes and vehicles sliding off the road on Interstate 70 in Geary and Riley counties.
The interstate was partially blocked near mile marker No injuries were reported after a vehicle collided with a snowplow Friday on a South Dakota road. Poor driving decisions affect us all! No injuries were reported in that crash. In Nebraska, numerous spin outs were reported on I outside Omaha, including three tractor-trailers that slid into ditches. Amtrak announced Friday that it would be modifying its service in the Midwest and Northeast because of the storm. Two Pennsylvanian trains between New York and Pittsburgh are canceled. Two Vermonter trains on Sunday will not operate between St.
Service between New York and Washington will run as scheduled. In anticipation of the storm, airlines including American, Southwest, United and Frontier are waiving change fees for cities impacted by the storm. Harper dissipated on January Winter Storm Indra formed on January Indra was named Sunday afternoon as the National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for much of Utah, including Salt Lake City, satisfying the population criterion at least 2 million for naming.
Thundersnow was reported in the northern Sierra Nevada late Sunday morning. It was slow-going, or not going at all, on Interstate 80 over Donner Pass in the Sierra Saturday evening. Winter Storm Indra was a cross-country system that spread snow and ice from the West to the Plains, Midwest and parts of the interior Northeast Jan. Indra also produced blizzard conditions in parts of the central High Plains, mainly on Jan.
Indra was named on the afternoon of Jan. The Colorado Department of Transportation shut down a stretch of Interstate 70 east of Denver International Airport to Limon, Colorado, then closed the stretch from Limon to Burlington, Colorado, near the Kansas state line, due to snow and wind on the morning of Jan. Icy conditions prompted a shutdown of Interstate 70 in parts of northern Kansas, west of Topeka, as well. Poor travel conditions also forced a closure of Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming on the morning of Jan. Zero visibility in snow and blowing snow was reported by the Kit Carson County, Colorado, sheriff department just outside of Burlington, Colorado, on the morning of Jan.
An estimated 1 inch of snow fell in 45 minutes in Yuma, Colorado. Some freezing drizzle broke out on the morning of Jan. Interstate 94 in southwestern Lower Michigan was covered in a sheet of ice on the afternoon of Jan. Freezing rain also forced a closure of Detroit Metropolitan Airport late Jan.
Snow totals of 6 inches or more were measured on Jan. The top snowfall amount in the Midwest was 14 inches in the northern Lower Michigan town of Royston. Parts of the Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, metro areas saw 5 to 7 inches of snow. Light freezing rain led to slick roads in parts of western North Carolina early Jan. There were even some reports of light sleet on the morning of Jan. Snow flurries were reported far south as Atlanta on Jan. Rain and snow persisted across New England into the evening hours. Isolated ice jams were reported due to the warm air in New York state. Overall, Indra caused 1 fatality.
Indra dissipated on January Winter Storm Jayden formed on January Jayden also dusted the South and mid-Atlantic with light snow. Blizzard conditions were observed in various portions of eastern North Dakota on Jan. This included the Devils Lake Basin and the Grand Forks area, where visibility was reduced to feet or less that afternoon.
Blowing snow and wind shut down Interstate 90 in northeastern Wyoming from Moorcroft to the South Dakota state line, and also from Sheridan to Buffalo, Wyoming. The combination of snow and wind also reduced visibility to a quarter-mile or less in the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota late Jan. Snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour were observed early Jan. High winds also impacted the Plains Jan. On early Jan. Jayden also spread snow across mainly interior parts of the Northeast, from Pennsylvania into upstate New York and New England.
A band of snow moved through the Washington D. Washington's Dulles International Airport reported 3 inches of snow accumulation. Snow also fell in portions of the South early Jan. Jayden dissipated on January Winter Storm Kai formed on February 2. Winter Storm Kai spread snow from the Mountain West to the northern Plains and also brought damaging ice to the northern Great Lakes in the first few days of February Kai was named early Feb.
Kai first brought heavy rain and mountain snow to California Friday, Feb. On Sunday, Feb. Marie, Michigan, picked up 0. Snow and wind also affected the northern Rockies and northern Plains from Feb. Up to 10 inches of snow was measured in Minot and Williston, North Dakota. Kai finished up by bring damaging ice accumulations to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Feb. The ice knocked down tree branches, caused power outages and contributed to numerous accidents.
Kai broke the all-time top snowfall record from a single winter storm in the naming era, with a top total of 96 inches of snow at the June Mountain Ski Area in California. Kai dissipated on February 4. Winter Storm Lucian formed on February 3.
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Winter Storm Lucian was a two-phase winter storm that brought ice and snow to large swaths of the West and North in early February Phase one brought wintry precip to parts of the West, Midwest and Northeast from Feb. Phase two brought snow to the Rockies beginning on Feb. More than 6 inches of snow coated parts of the Seattle metro area on Feb. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport officially picked up 2. Snow was observed in coastal parts of Washington and Oregon as well. Parts of the Portland area saw up to 2 inches of snow.
Snow even dusted the hills around the Bay Area in California early on Feb. A brief period of snow fell in Monterey at an elevation of 92 feet. Icy conditions from freezing drizzle contributed to accidents in the Wichita, Kansas, metro area early on Feb. Sleet and freezing rain were accompanied by thunder at the National Weather Service office in Davenport, Iowa, on Feb. In Muscatine, Iowa, penny-sized hail accumulated on vehicle tops, along with sleet and freezing rain. Roads became covered in sleet in Rockford, Illinois, early that evening, leading to slick travel conditions for the evening commute.
Lucian also brought several inches of snow to the upper Midwest on Feb. Paul and 7.
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According to PowerOutage. Up to a quarter-inch of ice accumulation was reported in the Grand Rapids metro area. The second phase of Lucian crossed the central Rockies on Feb. Ice also caused accidents in the Wichita, Kansas, metro area for the second morning in a row. Freezing rain accumulated up to a half-inch thick in the Kansas City, Missouri, suburb of Pleasant Hill. The low pressure system moved from the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma northeastward toward Wisconsin and Michigan.
Numerous cars reportedly slid into ditches or couldn't make it up hilly roads due to ice in Green County, Wisconsin. Visibility was down to a quarter mile or less in eastern North Dakota on the morning of Feb. That prompted a closure of Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota. Blizzard conditions were recorded during the following afternoon and evening in Fargo, Grand Forks and Grafton, North Dakota, Crookston, Minnesota and Aberdeen, South Dakota and near-blizzard conditions were recorded across the eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota and parts of Iowa.
Lucian dissipated on February 7. Winter Storm Maya formed on February 7. Winter Storm Maya brought heavy snow to the Northwest and big snows and crippling ice to parts of the Midwest and Northeast in its cross-country trek that lasted for nearly a week. Maya quickly brought snowfall to downtown Seattle and the rest of Washington during the afternoon of Feb.
Snowfall rates reached 2 inches per hour on the northern coast of Washington, quickly burying Port Angeles. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport measured 7. Seattle averages 6. The foothills of Port Angeles, Washington, located about 60 miles northwest of Seattle, reported 24 inches of snow and saw whiteout conditions at times.
Port Angeles typically sees 3 to 4 inches of snow in an entire year. Snow and wind expanded across the Pacific Northwest and into Northern California during the overnight hours and into Feb. Winds as high as 64 mph were recorded in northern Washington. Interstate 90 was closed in both directions from Kittitas to Vantage, Washington, on Feb. Interstate 82 was also closed in the Yakima Valley of eastern Washington due to poor weather conditions. Snow even dipped down into the lower elevations of the Willamette Valley in Oregon, including Portland, on Feb.
Portland, Oregon, reported 4. Thundersnow was reported around the area of the Oregon Zoo just after midnight on Feb. Snow also fell in the hills around the Bay Area for the second time in a week. In far Northern California, the weight of heavy snow led to major tree damage and downed power lines in Humboldt County. A thundershower passed directly over California's Monterey Peninsula, just south of the Bay Area, late morning on Feb.
If that wasn't interesting enough, a period of snow — amounting to only a trace officially at McCarran International Airport — was seen in Las Vegas on the evening of Feb. Roads became slick and snow-covered late-afternoon on Feb. Interstates around Iowa were also covered in snow during the evening commute. Freezing drizzle in Kearney, Nebraska, early Feb. Several accidents were reported along Interstate 94 in Wisconsin as heavier bands of snow from Maya moved through western portions of the state.
In eastern Iowa, some highways were impassable on the afternoon of Feb. One-quarter to one-half inch of ice accumulation was reported in Chicagoland, including at O'Hare International Airport, with power outages reported Tuesday morning. Freezing rain resulted in icy roads the morning of Feb. Some vehicle slideoffs were reported in Battle Creek, Michigan, where nearly 0. Power poles were downed from ice accumulation in Henry and Williams counties in northwestern Ohio.
Freezing rain and drizzle also resulted in downed trees and power lines on Feb. Maya briefly developed a double-low structure on Feb. The secondary low also moved northeast along and just east of the I corridor during the day. Boston picked up its largest snowfall of the winter at 2. Maya dissipated on February Winter Storm Nadia formed on February Winter Storm Nadia hammered the West with heavy snow and then continued its cross-country track into parts of the Plains, Midwest and the mid-Atlantic.
Winter Storm Nadia had its origins in a deep dip in the jet stream over the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Two separate low-pressure systems made up Nadia: a weaker system that rode southward in the Pacific just offshore from British Columbia into the northwestern United States from Feb.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport picked up 6. That brought Seattle's February snowfall total to Heavy, wet snow, northeast of downtown Seattle in Kirkland, Washington, led to numerous reports of trees and limbs downed on the morning of Feb. At its peak, about , customers in Washington were without power, according to PowerOutage. Interstate 90 was closed Feb. The National Weather Service said 53 inches of snow was estimated at the pass by the U. Forest Service through the morning of Feb.
Spokane, Washington, picked up 9 inches of snow Feb. Rain changed to snow late Feb. Up to 13 inches of snow was measured near downtown on Feb. The last time Redding saw measurable snow was January , when 3 inches was recorded. On average, the city only picks up accumulating snow once every other year. The town of Anderson, California, just south of Redding, reported 3 to 4 inches of snow on the night of Feb.
This prompted a shutdown of Interstate 5 between Fawndale and Edgewood, north of Redding. On the morning of Feb. Snowfall made a mess of Missouri interstates on Feb. Portions of I were closed for several hours hours. A portion of Interstate 35 northeast of Kansas City were also shut down due to the snow. Many areas from southern Nebraska to central Missouri totalled 3 to 6 inches of snow and the northern suburbs of Kansas City saw more than 5 inches while much of the city received around 4 inches. Nadia ended with some large snowflakes in the Virginia on Saturday morning.
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Nadia dissipated on February Winter Storm Oren formed on February Winter Storm Oren dumped heavy snow on California's Sierra Nevada and the Rockies, then brought snow to the Plains and Midwest over the Presidents Day weekend before wrapping up in the Northeast with light snow and some ice on Presidents Day itself. Oren entered the West on Friday, Feb. Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort in California saw 42 inches of snow in the 24 hours ending 9 a.
PST Saturday, Feb. Several other ski resorts also saw a foot or more of snow in the Sierra.
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Snow spread into the northern Plains and upper Midwest Saturday, Feb. More than a foot of snow was reported in parts of the western Dakotas and eastern Montana.
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The Des Moines, Iowa, metro area saw about 9. A total of 6. Oren spread into the Northeast overnight Feb. The official total at Boston's Logan Airport was 3. Oren dissipated on February Winter Storm Petra formed on February Petra moved into the West Sunday, Feb.
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Snow fell in parts of the Las Vegas metro area late Sunday night, Feb. The snow forced a closure of Interstate 15 Monday morning, Feb. Petra brought Thundersnow was reported near Altus and Clinton, Oklahoma, around 12 p. CST Tuesday, Feb.
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South-central Kansas saw more than 6 inches of snow Tuesday, Feb. Up to a quarter-inch of ice was reported in northern Arkansas Tuesday night, Feb. Petra moved into the Midwest and Northeast on Feb. Warm temperatures gradually turned snow to freezing rain and sleet and eventually plain rain during the afternoon and evening across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Two swaths of impressive snow fell on the 20th, one from eastern Nebraska to central Minnesota and the other from northern Virginia to southern Pennsylvania. Each saw snowfall totals of 6 to 12 inches during the day on top of previous snowfall totals. Up to 8 inches of snow was measured in parts of northwestern Virginia, including near Winchester. In southwestern Virginia, 2. Paul had measured 9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, also saw 7. Up to 5 inches of snow was reported in parts of the Omaha, Nebraska, metro area. Philadelphia reported 2.
New York's Central Park measured 1. Washington D. To the north, Baltimore-Washington International Airport measured 4. Thundersnow was reported in parts of Maryland and eastern West Virginia. Petra dissipated on February Winter Storm Quiana formed on February Winter Storm Quiana was a cross-country snowstorm that brought snow to the West and Southwest, including Las Vegas and the hills around Los Angeles, dumped an all-time record calendar-day snow in Flagstaff, Arizona, then moved into the Plains and upper Midwest, where it produced blizzard conditions in 9 states.