LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — LAKELAND — In the course of one day, Amy Sharpe might be a snow queen able to conjure ice storms, a damsel with tower-length tresses and a mermaid princess.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Electricity has been restored for nearly all of the thousands of Minnesota residents who lost power after a late winter storm that pummeled power lines with ice, snow...
CROZET, Va. (AP) — Crews are finally digging out a 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of Virginia's scenic Skyline Drive after a series of winter storms closed it for more than four...
Whitmer declares state of emergency in Ionia County
DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Ionia County to help it recover from recent flooding in Portland and other winter weather effects.
Icy weather causes power outages in Michigan; roads slick
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of Michigan schools were closed as more snow and icy weather crossed the state, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain Tuesday also left roads and freeways slippery. Potentially damaging weather is expected to continue Wednesday and ice storm warnings have been issued in parts of southeastern Michigan.
Indiana faces icy weather, winds, flooding, power outages
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Parts of Indiana are facing icy conditions, potentially damaging winds, flooding and weather-related power outages.
Northern Indiana is under ice storm warnings or winter weather advisories Tuesday, while the middle of the state is bracing for high winds. Flooding was reported in central and southern Indiana, including along the White and Wabash rivers.
Michigan braces for winter weather; storm recovery continues
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is bracing for more icy and potentially damaging weather as crews wrap up efforts to restore power to those affected by last week's ice storms .
Utility gives movie tickets _ and popcorn _ during outage
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — No electricity? Go to the movies — for free.
Consumers Energy says 2,000 free movie tickets, along with soda and popcorn, are available Saturday and Sunday at five theaters in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. More than 70,000 customers still lacked power in western Michigan after an ice storm and other nasty weather. Some people might not get their lights on until Monday.
More school closures in Missouri as winter blasts continue
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The number of Missouri school districts canceling classes has grown after another round of winter weather.
The National Weather Service issued a mixture of ice storm warnings and winter weather advisories Thursday for a large swatch of the state. Schools in Kansas City, Columbia, Jefferson City and St. Joseph closed their doors, along with many smaller districts. The University of Missouri and Missouri Western also told students to stay home.
Woman dies after hitting snow plow amid latest winter blast
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A wintry mix of snow and ice has closed schools, government offices and several universities and caused another deadly wreck in Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Dana Michelle Thowe was killed early Thursday when she crashed into a snow plow on Interstate 70 in Topeka. The crash happened two days after another driver was killed after losing control on a slick Miami County bridge.
Ice storm warning for northern Illinois, parts of Indiana
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service says an ice storm sweeping across northern Illinois is expected to end earlier than expected.
Meteorologists forecast the storm would move through the area late Tuesday, bringing treacherous road conditions with widespread precipitation from 11 p.m. to midnight.
Though the storm will have mostly moved on by the Wednesday morning commute, the weather service warns drivers to give themselves extra time to navigate potentially slick roads.
Michigan braces for freezing rain; hazardous roads expected
DETROIT (AP) — Most of Michigan is bracing for freezing rain that's expected to leave roads icy as Michigan's Upper Peninsula deals with lingering effects of an ice storm .
The National Weather Service says freezing rain starting Tuesday night is expected to continue into midday Wednesday across the Lower Peninsula.
Caution urged amid ice storm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — An ice storm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is closing schools and business and creating hazardous travel conditions.
The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning Monday, saying power outages and tree damage could accompany the icy weather. Northern Michigan University in Marquette canceled classes Monday. Untreated roadways and sidewalks at the school were slippery due to ice.
Atlanta spared repeat of ice which froze 2000 Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta has dodged a repeat of the ice storm which marred its previous Super Bowl.
When an ice storm blanketed Atlanta before the Super Bowl in 2000, the fear was the NFL wouldn't want to bring the game back.
Atlanta's $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium was a game-changer. The new building, which opened in 2017, is the reason the city is hosting Sunday's Super Bowl 53.
Decade since ice storm left 400,000 outages in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's been 10 years since a devastating ice storm hit New Hampshire, leaving more than 400,000 residents and businesses without power.
Emergency management officials said over 200 communities had experienced power loss when the storm hit Dec. 11 and 12, 2008. Some were without electricity for two weeks.
More than 450 schools were forced to close and the state suffered more than $150 million in property damage.
Blue Ridge Parkway plagued by storm debris for holiday
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia remain closed after an ice storm brought down trees and debris, and officials aren't saying when the entire road will reopen.
The Charlotte Observer reports National Park Service officials posted a video Tuesday showing debris on the roadway.
Duke Energy expects to end remaining outages by noon Sunday
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke Energy says remaining customers who lost power during the recent ice storm should have service restored by noon Sunday.
Duke said nearly 186,000 of its customers in Indiana experienced a power outage as a result of Thursday morning's storm, and about 5,300 remained without power Saturday afternoon.
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Duke Energy warns some won’t have power until Sunday evening
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke Energy says some of its Indiana power customers might not have service restored until Sunday evening following outages cause by an ice storm.
Duke released estimated restoration times Friday showing customers in Clarksville, Corydon and Madison might not have power until 6 p.m. Sunday. It says customers in Connersville and Seymour might not have power restored until late Saturday.
Indiana ice storm causes power outages, closes schools
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say an ice storm that hit parts of Indiana created hazardous roads conditions that contributed to one motorist's death, shut down schools, and caused power outages.
Indiana State Police say 60-year-old Rebecca Easton of Goshen was traveling too fast for the slick road conditions Thursday morning when she lost control of her car and it slid off U.S. 31 in Miami County, killing her.
Lawmakers overturn S Carolina governor’s disaster money veto
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Legislature has restored money to the state budget to help pay for damage from disasters several years ago.
The House and Senate both voted in a special session Wednesday to override Gov. Henry McMaster's veto of millions of dollars to help more than 20 counties with expenses, mostly from a destructive 2014 ice storm and Hurricane Irma passing west of the state in 2017.
DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says it's wrapping up power restoration efforts for customers who lost service amid freezing rain, high winds and snow amid a weekend ice storm.
The Detroit-based utility says crews have restored electricity to 99 percent of the 390,000 customers affected by the storm. It said Wednesday night that the about 5,000 homes and businesses still without power should have it back by the end of the day Thursday.
DTE Energy says 20,000 customers still have no power
DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says crews from five states are trying to restore service to 20,000 remaining customers who lost power during Sunday's ice storm.
The Detroit-based utility said Wednesday afternoon that crews had restored electricity to 95 percent of the 390,000 customers impacted by the storm.
However, it says the remaining repairs were smaller, more complex jobs that will restore power to the pockets of customers still experiencing outages.
High winds, ice, sleet and snow — welcome to spring in Michigan.
With a high wind speed of nearly 40 mph at its peak and 1.3 inches of ice and snow, weather like this is uncommon for this time of year, but not unheard of.
Weekend ice storm, snow forecast for parts of Michigan
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A weekend ice storm is forecast for parts of Michigan amid severe storms packing snow, rain and strong winds in the Midwest and beyond.
The National Weather Service says several mid-Michigan counties could get about a half-inch (1.3 centimeters) of ice accumulation on Saturday and into Sunday morning. In the northern Lower Peninsula, forecasts call for about a foot (0.3 meters) of snow in places.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is releasing $26.7 million in grants to cities and towns to help cover the cost of road repairs and snow removal.
Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes says the state "certainly understands the high costs of transportation infrastructure maintenance and repair" and hopes the release of the funding will help municipalities offset their costs for capital infrastructure projects and prepare for heavier travel in the spring and summer.
Dangerous ice storm targeting Wisconsin. We’ll tell you where and when.
A dangerous ice storm is heading toward Wisconsin, and people living in areas north of Madison should get ready for the worst.
Up to a half-inch of ice could happen through Tuesday in an area from Sauk and Columbia counties to Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties, which could make for snapped power lines and tree branches and extremely slippery pavement conditions.
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An inch of grainy, wet snow is expected to fall across the Twin Cities metro area throughout the day Monday, with another blast of snow forecast for early Tuesday. Because this wintry mix will bring a dusting of snow, Twin Cities roads shouldnt be as dangerous Monday as they would be if it were warmer and the precipitation was freezing rain, said Eric Ahasic, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Ice storm warning, weather advisories in Southern Plains
Forecasters cautioned motorists across parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas to beware of icy roads as sleet and freezing rain bear down on the region.
The worst weather was expected Wednesday morning in north-central Arkansas, where the National Weather Service posted an ice storm warning into Wednesday morning. Advisories were also posted for eastern and southern Oklahoma and parts of north Texas. By late Wednesday, the icing will have moved off to the northeast.
Living in San Antonio is wonderful in many, many ways. For example, we don’t often have to deal with harsh winter weather. In fact, many of us probably appreciated that we were not affected by the “bomb cyclone” that recently hit the Northeast. Instead, at that time we were enjoying temperatures in the 50s.
See National Weather Service snowfall reports from Friday’s ice, snowstorm in Northeast Ohio
See National Weather Service snowfall reports from Friday's ice, snowstorm in Northeast Ohio
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scattered snow continues to fall across some areas in Northeast Ohio as the arctic front sparking up a snow and ice storm Friday continues to push east, further out of the region.
The brutal ice storm that ravaged parts of Lane County in December 2016 has prompted the Oregon Department of Transportation to add road salt to its highway-clearing arsenal in the county.
But it will take the perfect winter storm, the kind that brings heavy freezing rain or packed snow, before state road crews sprinkle salt on the stretch of Interstate 5 in the county, ODOT transportation maintenance manager Kevin Finch said Tuesday in announcing the new strategy.
Northwest storm knocks out power, causes multiple crashes
SEATTLE (AP) — A winter storm moving through the Pacific Northwest knocked out power in parts of Washington state and caused multiple collisions, including a fiery head-on crash involving two tractor trailers in eastern Oregon that killed two people.
The Latest: Freezing rain downs power lines near Bellingham
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm moving through the Pacific Northwest (all times local):
Officials in northwestern Washington were telling people to stay inside as an ice storm struck the region Friday afternoon and evening.
The Bellingham Herald reports freezing rain toppled trees and branches, knocked down power lines and poles and caused a house fire around Bellingham.
States ready to assess forest damage after heavy storms
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Now that power has been mostly restored after a nasty rainstorm packing hurricane-force gusts, scientists are ready to take a look at the impact on forests.
The Maine Forest Service will use aircraft this week for a preliminary look to determine whether a more extensive damage assessment is needed.
Hundreds of utility crews working in Maine on power outages
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 100,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity for a fifth day Thursday after a powerful storm blew down thousands of trees, toppled power lines and left more than half of Maine's residents in the dark.
But there was a silver lining: There have been no deaths or serious injuries despite power outages that exceeded the infamous ice storm of 1998.
Drought may have aided storm that walloped Maine, Northeast
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Drought conditions, recent rainfall and an unusual storm path in Maine may have contributed to the large numbers of trees that toppled during a storm that walloped the Northeast this week, officials said.
The storm cut power to nearly 1.5 million homes and businesses in the region at its peak. It left more Mainers in the dark than even the infamous 1998 ice storm, but the long-term effects likely will be much different.
Northeast struggling to recover from powerful storm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of out-of-state reinforcements bolstered utility crews struggling to restore power throughout New England on Tuesday, a day after a powerful storm blew down trees and postponed Halloween activities in many communities.
The storm, packing gusts that topped 80 mph (129 kph), left nearly 1.5 million homes and business across the region in the dark at the peak on Monday. More than 600,000 utility customers remained without power Tuesday.
Maine gov issues state of emergency amid storm, outages
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor has issued a state of emergency proclamation as state grapples with a powerful wind and rain storm and thousands of power outages.
The number of homes and businesses in the dark in Maine has surpassed the peak number from the infamous ice storm of 1998. More than 480,000 homes were in the dark Monday afternoon.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the proclamation will give utility companies flexibility they need to restore power.
Aiken County may be have netted some ice storm allocations in the state's budget conference report, set to be considered this week, according to the county administrator.
A conference committee in the Statehouse reached a budget compromise last week following weeks of discussion. Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are expected to return as early as Tuesday to consider and adopt the budget.
County Council briefly discusses budget; passes first reading of development project
Two "big unknowns" face Aiken County's fiscal year 2018 budget, the County's administrator told Council members Tuesday night, and both are hung up in the state's budget which is still being debated by lawmakers.
County Council met for a budget work session Tuesday that wrapped up briefly after Council members said they still needed more information about the state's budget before beginning to dig into their own budget work.
Aiken County Council writes lawmakers about ice storm reimbursements, local government fund
South Carolina legislators will begin wrapping up budget work for the next fiscal year, and Aiken County Council has sent a letter to lawmakers, particularly those in House, appealing for the remaining Winter Storm Pax reimbursements.
In a letter sent to members of the Aiken County Legislative Delegation, Council Chairman Ronnie Young asks lawmakers to give "special consideration" to a few items that would affect the local government, including remaining reimbursements from the 2014 ice storm.
Reimbursements for counties and municipalities affected by 2014's ice storm, including Aiken County, have once again made it into the Senate's version of the budget.
Lawmakers were able to get an amendment in the budget that allocates approximately $11.1 million for the remaining portion of the unreimbursed expenses, according to Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken.
The S.C. Senate has moved on allocating funds to counties and municipalities affected by the 2014 ice storm.
Senators last Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would reallocate $4.5 million remaining unclaimed funds from last year's Farm Aid Bill to the Town of Nichols, as well as 22 counties and municipalities affected by the 2014 ice storm, according to information provided by Sen. Tom Young, R-Aiken.
TUFTONBORO, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire utility says it's restored power to all of its customers affected by last week's nor'easter, with some crews using all-terrain vehicles and snowshoes to replace poles and hang wire in areas that couldn't be reached by trucks.
The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative said Tuesday the damage caused by the storm was rivaled by only the 1998 ice storm, which knocked out power to more than 50,000 Co-op members, some for up to two weeks.
Blaine County added to Oklahoma ice storm disaster list
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Blaine County has been added to the list of Oklahoma counties approved for a disaster declaration as a result of an ice storm that struck the state in January.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Senators approved Thursday giving the decimated Marion County hamlet of Nichols $700,000 to stay afloat in the wake of Hurricane Matthew after agreeing to distribute nearly $4 million to counties affected by the 2014 ice storm.
State legislators continue efforts for remaining ice storm reimbursements
South Carolina legislators are still working to get local governments impacted by an ice storm three years ago, including Aiken County, the remaining reimbursements for clean up costs.
A bill in the Senate, S.501, would direct $4.5 million from the Farm Aid Fund that has lapsed in the state's general fund to counties and municipalities affected by the 2014 storm.
Spring may officially be a few weeks away, but many in eastern North Carolina also know that March often delivers snow.
Reoccurring atmospheric trends actually make snow storms more likely to occur in March than February, said Corey Davis, applied climatologist with the State Climate Office. "March is a more common time of year to see snow for us than December is," he said.