• Cloudy Thursday in central Oklahoma with a high near 46

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Temperatures will be in the 40s again Thursday in central Oklahoma. Skies will be cloudy.

  • California gets more rain, 1 big mudslide

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California on Wednesday, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on. "It was rather rare to see lightning all night long as this storm system moved across the region," the National Weather Service said, noting that the tempest's instability was similar to a heavy rain event last week that produced no lightning at all. Intense rains brought on by stronger thunderstorms didn't hit any of the most vulnerable burn areas or other susceptible problem spots, the NWS said.

  • Snow possible overnight in northern Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Several cities in northern Oklahoma could see snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning, National Weather Service forecasters predict. If snow does materialize, it won’t be enough to affect travel plans, forecasters said.

  • US Fed slashes inflation forecast for 2015

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for inflation next year, saying it will remain far below its 2 percent target through 2015. The Fed said Wednesday that it now expects inflation to fall to between 1 percent and 1.6 percent in 2015, down from a previous forecast in September of 1.6 percent to 1.9 percent. The downgrade reflects plummeting oil and gas prices. The Fed kept its 2016 inflation forecast of 1.7 percent to 2 percent. Policymakers also boosted their forecasts for economic growth this year to as much as 2.4 percent, up from a previous estimate of 2 percent to 2.2 percent. That reflects strong growth of 4.3 percent from April through September, the healthiest pace in a decade.

  • Light snow expected in Nebraska Wednesday, Thursday

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is gearing up for reports of light snow in the forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for areas south of Nebraska for Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The weather agency says accumulations across Nebraska are expected to be light, but snow and freezing drizzle could still make driving treacherous. Heavier snow of up to 3 inches could be seen in parts of southern Nebraska around the Kansas border. Some municipal crews are preparing for the snow. In Lincoln, city crews plan to apply anti-ice brine to all main streets starting at midnight.

  • Snowplows at work on highways in Flagstaff area

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Plows are at work on highways in the Flagstaff area as a storm drops snow in Arizona's higher elevations. The Arizona Department of Transportation says motorists should expect snow on Interstate 17 on Monday. Meanwhile, in southern Arizona, the Pima County Sheriff's Office says chains or four-wheel-drive vehicles are required for travel on the highway up Mount Lemmon. Only residents and employees are allowed to travel the highway. The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisories in effect until late Wednesday night in north-central Arizona and until early Thursday morning in the White Mountains, with the heaviest snowfall expected from late morning early evening.

  • Chance of rain, high near 41 Wednesday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    There is a chance for afternoon showers in central Oklahoma. The high temperature will be near 41 degrees.

  • FEMA to assess damage in Vermont from storm

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is visiting Vermont to assess the damage from last week's snow storm that caused more than 130,000 power outages. Vermont must show at least $1 million in eligible costs. Counties also must meet certain thresholds to get federal help. FEMA will be assessing damage in Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, and Orleans counties starting on Wednesday. Emergency officials say publicly owned and municipal utilities are eligible for 75 percent federal reimbursement of the costs of restoring power if the state and counties meet the federal threshold.

  • Soggy California gets wind, rain from new storm

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another storm moved in to water-logged California on Tuesday with the potential to create more flooding and trigger mudslides. The evening commute was wet and chaotic in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern California, with the rain expected to continue through Wednesday. The National Weather Service warned of possible floods in most of the Bay Area. The storm was expected to bring up to 7 inches of snow to the Central Sierra, with wind gusts of up to 45 mph possible. The weather service said Tuesday evening that excess runoff from heavy rainfall is expected to cause ponding in highways, streets and underpasses. "Small creeks and streams could flood quickly possibly covering

  • Parts of LA County see flash floods, stranded cars

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Torrents of rain have been falling on a section of Los Angeles County, flooding streets and leaving several cars stranded. The National Weather Service issued a warning late Tuesday afternoon saying rain was falling in the Torrance area at a rate of 2 inches per hour but it had mostly stopped falling after a brief cloudburst. About five cars were stranded by the rain and were getting help from police and firefighters but there were no reports of injuries or danger to the people inside.

  • Storm costlier than Irene for Vermont utilities

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The two-day snowstorm that pounded Vermont with heavy wet snow will be costlier to utilities than Tropical Storm Irene or the 2008 ice storm in southern Vermont. Last week's storm toppled trees, branches and power lines with more than 130,000 power outages during the course of the storm. Green Mountain Power - the state's largest utility - says early estimates show the costs of repairs at about $15 million. Irene in 2011 cost GMP and then-Central Vermont Public Service Corp. $12 million in repairs while the ice storm in 2008 cost them about $7 million.

  • Rain could spell trouble for Calif. water conservation

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After California's driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state's first heavy downpours in years. Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, but there's a long way to go. And state officials are worried that the rain will give people an excuse to abandon the already inconsistent conservation efforts adopted to deal with the dry spell. When Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in January, he asked people to cut water use by 20 percent. Instead, many Californians' water use actually went up for a while.

  • Snow days melting away in many Indiana schools

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of the best parts of winter could be melting away for many Indiana students as advances in technology make snow days rarer than an igloo in July. The state Department of Education has granted 37 public school districts and 13 private schools permission to hold online learning days in cases of inclement weather this school year. Supporters say the practice will ensure students don't miss critical instructional time ahead of the high-stakes spring ISTEP+ test and will help districts avoid extending the school year to make up missed days.

  • Forecast calls for 50 percent chance of showers in central Oklahoma Wednesday

    STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    The forecast for this week in central Oklahoma includes a chance of rain off and on from Tuesday night through about Friday, including a 50 percent chance of showers on Wednesday.

  • Snow retuning to mountains, Eastern Washington

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Light snow is forecast Tuesday over most of Eastern Washington, and snow in the Cascades is reaching the highway passes. No significant accumulations are expected, but the National Weather Service says more mountain snow is expected later in the week with minimal valley snow or rain on the east side. The Transportation Department reports snow and slush in places Tuesday morning on Snoqualmie Pass, and snow and ice in places on Stevens Pass where traction tires are advised. Snow flurries are reported at White Pass. The Weather Service says the jet stream, which blew rain into California, is expected to shift back to the Northwest by the end of the week. That could bring more showers to Western Was

  • UN envoy urges future focus to cut disaster risks

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    GENEVA (AP) — The world is better prepared to face past calamities like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami but it's not ready for the extreme weather of the future, the U.N.'s top natural disaster official said Tuesday. Margareta Wahlstrom, the special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for disaster risk reduction, said early warning systems like those now in place in the Indian Ocean are helping improve preparations for major disasters. That warning system was established after a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a 100-foot-high tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 countries and caused $10 billion in damage.

  • Waterlogged Northern California gets more rain

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new storm dumped more rain on already waterlogged parts of Northern California on Monday, causing minor road flooding, scattered power outages and airport delays. The rain came down hard in the San Francisco Bay Area, making for a treacherous commute. A landslide closed both directions of a highway in Fremont. At San Francisco International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration reported arrival delays of almost two hours. The storm dropped an average of between an inch and 2 inches of rain throughout the day in the Bay Area and Sacramento regions before heading to Southern California late Monday and overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Freezing rain coats roads in the Dakotas, hampering travel

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Freezing rain coated roads throughout the Dakotas Monday, causing headaches for motorists and delaying or shutting down schools. The National Weather Service posted a freezing rain advisory in much of North Dakota and in northern South Dakota, with much of the rest of South Dakota under either a winter weather advisory or a winter storm warning. Up to half a foot of snow was expected in southeastern South Dakota by the end of the storm, according to forecasters. The storm with both rain and snow was unusual for the time of year, said Todd Heitkamp, a weather service meteorologist in Sioux Falls.

  • Border fence knocked down by storm repaired

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A section of the steel fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico has been repaired several months after debris from a rainstorm knocked it down. U.S. Border Patrol spokeswoman Nicole Ballistrea says the repairs were completed Friday on the 60 feet of rebar-reinforced fencing just west of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. Agents discovered the downed fence in July after heavy rain in Nogales, Sonora, caused debris to build up against the fence, toppling it. The fence stood between 18 and 26 feet high and extended at least 7 feet underground. The fence was built in 2011. It is constantly monitored by agents because smugglers and others who attempt to cross illegally routinely try to breac

  • Widespread FairPoint phone outages continue

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — December is normally a busy time of year at Vermont Musical Instrument Repair, with people clamoring to get their clarinets and trombones fixed up for holiday concerts. But owner Jeff Vovakes' phone has been silent for a week. He's one of an unknown number of Vermonters without phone service as winter storms cause system troubles and FairPoint Communications' striking workers don't show up to fix them. FairPoint, which offers landline phone and Internet service in Vermont and other states, does not post updates several times a day on outages, as Vermont's electric utilities do.