• UPDATE: More than 50,870 power outages in Oklahoma Saturday, ice storm hits central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 min ago

    An ice storm covered central Oklahoma overnight. There are more than 50,870 power outages reported statewide. There are more than 20,713 outages in Oklahoma City and more than 5,970 outages in Bethany.

  • More freezing rain coats central Oklahoma with ice overnight

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    More freezing rain is expected in central Oklahoma before noon. Temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark Saturday morning.

  • APTOPIX North Korea Daily Life

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    In this Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, photo, which was taken from an airplane approaching Pyongyang, light from the evening sun is cast on a river flowing through snow covered farm fields in North Korea. North Koreans experienced their first snowfall of the year earlier this week.

  • Tropical Storm Sandra weakens in Pacific

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Mexico has cancelled tropical storm warnings as Tropical Storm Sandra is weakening rapidly. The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased early Saturday to 40 mph (65 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sandra is forecast to become a remnant low later Saturday or early Sunday. Sandra is about 115 miles (180 kms) south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and is moving north at 2 mph (4 kph). The storm is still expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain in parts of Mexico, and strong winds are expected in Las Islas Marias.

  • Qatar bans contractors leaving country in rain-damage probe

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has banned contractors from leaving the small, oil-rich country as it carries out a probe into how heavy rains damaged buildings and roadways. An article late Friday on the state-run Qatar News Agency announced the travel ban. It said "owners of companies, contractors and consulting engineers" would be banned from traveling abroad until the end of the probe. A year's worth of rain on Wednesday deluged Doha's Hamad International Airport, the home of Qatar Airways, pouring through at least one part of the roof. The airport cost at least $15 billion to build. Rainwater also flooded streets and shut down some stores in Doha.

  • Rain, ice coat parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Heavy rain and icy conditions are likely to stick around through most of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in parts of the central U.S. due to a slow-moving, complex weather system that's being blamed for at least 3 flash-flooding deaths. "There's a pretty substantial shield of rain extending from parts of Texas across a lot of Oklahoma and into the mid-Mississippi Valley," said John Hart, a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The National Weather Service issued ice storm warnings in the Texas Panhandle and central Oklahoma that will remain in effect through noon Saturday, with up to a quarter or half-inch of ice expected to accumulate.

  • Sandra weakens to tropical storm in Pacific off Mexico

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Sandra is weakening as it approaches Mexico's Pacific coast. The storm's maximum sustained winds decreased early Saturday to 50 mph (85 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Sandra could be a tropical depression before making landfall late Saturday. Sandra is centered about 170 miles (270 kms) west of Las Islas Marias, Mexico, and is moving north at 2 mph (3 kph). A tropical storm warning is in effect for Las Islas Marias, which will be affected for the next several hours, and for the area from Altata to San Blas.

  • Fatalities as freezing rain, floods and ice hit central US

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — At least three people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and other parts of the central U.S. on Friday, with forecasters warning that the chilling weather would worsen over the holiday weekend. Forecasters issued flash-flood watches and warnings from northern Texas up to St. Louis, with up to 4 inches of rain reported in some places as the storm slowly moved to the northeast. Freezing rain and strong winds have been blamed for several fatal accidents in Kansas and Texas since Thursday.

  • The Latest: 2 children killed in collision in South Dallas

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    The latest on severe weather hitting Texas and other parts of the central U.S. (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A law enforcement official says two children have been killed in a crash on a slick highway in South Dallas after the family's car was struck by an SUV traveling about 100 mph. Melinda Urbina, spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, says a family of five were in the vehicle during the crash Friday afternoon on U.S. 175. A boy, around 12 or 13 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene and a baby less than 13 months died at a hospital. The SUV driver, 23-year-old Kelvin Leon Walker of Dallas, was treated in the hospital and was being held on one vehicular manslaughter count. Urbina said othe

  • Power outages reported in central, northwest Oklahoma Friday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 15 hr ago

    More than 1,000 power outages are being reported in Yukon City Friday evening. A number of outages are also reported in northwestern parts of the state.

  • UPDATE: Flooding closes eastern Oklahoma highways, roads slick in western Oklahoma, travel discouraged

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Flooding has closed two Pittsburg County highways in Oklahoma Friday. Roadways are slick in western parts of the state. Travel is discouraged.

  • The Latest: Flash flood warning issued for SE Oklahoma

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The latest on wintry weather and heavy rainfall in Oklahoma (all times local): 5 p.m. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports parts of two state highways in southeast Oklahoma are closed because of heavy flooding and slick and hazardous conditions in northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle. O-DOT says Highway 31 is closed west of McAlester and Highway 63 is shut down between Haileyville and Kiowa. Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe says several county roads also are flooded, mainly at low-water crossings, and said more flooding is expected in the days ahead. Enloe says there have been no reports of injuries or stranded motorists.

  • Icy roads blamed in 2 western Kansas deaths

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Freezing rain and strong winds have moved into Kansas, causing power outages and several accidents, including two fatal crashes on Thanksgiving. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for large parts of southern, central and eastern Kansas through early Saturday. The weather service forecast up to a quarter inch of sleet and ice in some area by Friday night, and wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour. Two traffic fatalities on Thursday have been attributed to the icy road conditions in western Kansas, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The first fatality occurred in Hodgeman County when a car ran off an icy road, hit a ditch and rolled.

  • The Latest: Arkansas State Police report traffic fatality

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The latest on heavy rainfall in Arkansas' forecast through the holiday weekend (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Arkansas State Police say a 30-year-old woman was killed after her car veered off a wet highway in western Arkansas. State police say the single-vehicle wreck happened early Friday on Arkansas 23 in Franklin County. According to a preliminary report, Lauren Jo Smiley of Ratcliff was killed when her car ran off the highway and crashed into a tree. It wasn't immediately known what caused the crash, but state police say the road was wet and it was raining at the time. ___ 1:35 p.m. Arkansas fans attending the Razorbacks' football game against Missouri have a chilly,

  • How Black Friday played out around the country

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday, the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season, isn't always what people expect. In Colorado, for instance, marijuana stores got into the act. In Arizona, families skipped the spending frenzy to go hiking. And in Chicago, shoppers snapped photos of demonstrators protesting the police shooting of a black teenager. Overall, there seemed to be smaller crowds throughout stores and malls across the country. Here's how the day played out: ___ PROTESTS ON CHICAGO'S MAGNIFICENT MILE Hundreds of protesters blocked entrances to stores in Chicago's high-end shopping district to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager.

  • Ice storm warning issued for central Oklahoma Friday afternoon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for central Oklahoma from 6 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday.

  • Cold air mass brings freeze warnings to California

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cold air mass over California prompted widespread freeze warnings and watches Friday, raising concerns for crops in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley and for homeless people in urban centers, even as skiers and snowboarders took advantage of snowy slopes. Overnight temperatures did not dip quite as low as forecast, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Spector, though much of the southern San Joaquin Valley was just below freezing during Friday's early hours. Citrus crops likely escaped damage — temperatures did not stay at or below 28 degrees for more than two hours, which is when problems can occur, Spector said.

  • More snow, cold temps expected in parts of New Mexico

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected for some parts of New Mexico. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the wintry weather will persist through early Saturday, making for treacherous driving conditions. Slick and icy roads were reported Friday along Interstate 40 east of Albuquerque and across the eastern plains, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park announced it would close two hours early due to the weather. Forecasters had issued winter storm and freezing rain advisories for north-central New Mexico and the eastern part of the state. They also warned of ice storms along the Texas-New Mexico border.

  • Power back to everyone who lost it in Spokane wind storm

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Power has been returned to everyone in the Spokane area affected by a massive windstorm more than a week earlier. Avista spokeswoman Debbie Simock (SIHM'-ock) says the last customers got their electricity back at about 3:45 a.m. Friday. At the height of the outage after the Nov. 17 windstorm, about 180,000 customers in the Spokane area were without power. Simock says that was about half of the power company's customers. Two parts of town, covering three zip codes, were the hardest hit in the storm because they have more trees than other areas. Simock says those areas were the last to be restored.

  • Romania Weather Cat

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    A cat warms up next to the window of a pastry shop in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Temperatures have dropped sharply and severe weather, strong winds and snow warnings have been issued by the Romanian weather authority for the coming weekend.