• Weather service: Flood chances are low in Red River Basin


    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued its first spring flood forecast for the Red River Basin, and it's as mild as the winter weather. The weather service says the flood risk is markedly low due to dry soils, well below-normal snowpack and moisture, and low stream flows. The forecast calls for a 95 percent chance that the Red River will crest at 15.5 feet in Fargo, where the flood stage is 18 feet. The climate outlook calls for near-normal temperatures and precipitation into spring. The next flood outlook is scheduled to be released on Feb. 19.

  • Drought begins to develop in eastern Oklahoma, report shows

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Even as serious drought remained in the western part of the state, warm, dry, windy weather caused conditions to deteriorate over the past week in areas that had been untouched by drought for months, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.

  • Miss. court to hear case of casino barge, Katrina damage


    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether a judge was wrong in finding that an insurance company was not liable for damage caused when the Grand Casino barge was torn from its moorings during Hurricane Katrina and smacked into a Biloxi beachfront home. The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to look at an appeal from homeowner Cherri Roberts, who wants her lawsuits against State Farm Fire and Casualty Company and Grand Casino heard by a Harrison County jury. Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Gulf Coast in 2005. Mississippi casinos at that time were required to be located on the water or in coffer dams. The Grand Casino's main barge traveled about 3,000 feet while a smaller barge went in the

  • Winter weather advisory posted for northern NC mountains


    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A winter weather advisory is in effect for the northern mountains of North Carolina. The National Weather Service says a wintry mix is possible until late Saturday morning. Up to 3 inches of snow is expected around Banner Elk, with most of the snow expected Saturday morning. Some ice is expected Friday. Up to 2 inches of snow is expected around Waynesville, again with most of the snow expected early Saturday. Up to 2 inches of snow is also possible around Boone. Some light snow is also possible in the far west around Murphy. Schools in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties canceled classes Friday. Other schools delayed openings. Sleet was reported around Blowing Rock and Boone earl

  • North Ala could receive snow overnight


    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A rainy day in north Alabama could turn into wintry weather by early Saturday. Forecasters say northern counties could receive a mix of rain and snow overnight Friday as a rainy low pressure system moves eastward. As much as a half-inch of snow is possible, particularly in grassy areas. And the National Weather Service says bridges and elevated roads could be icy by Saturday morning. The weather service says snow could fall in areas including metro Birmingham, Huntsville, Anniston, Decatur, Fort Payne and Gadsden. Any problems won't linger since temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 40s and low 50s during the day Saturday. The heaviest rains are predicted in southeast Ala

  • Warmer temperatures in Oklahoma Friday and through the weekend

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Temperatures are warming up in Oklahoma for the weekend. Temperatures in central Oklahoma will be in the mid-60s by Sunday.

  • Northeast's first significant winter storm expected

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first significant winter storm of the season is expected for the Northeast's major cities this weekend in the form of a messy mix of rain, snow and sleet along Interstate 95, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service said Thursday it was still too early to determine the exact track of the storm, but some areas could expect up to 7 inches or more of snow. The storm should arrive in the Philadelphia region Friday night and dump from 1 to 4 inches by Saturday morning, causing dangerous road conditions, said Valerie Meola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey. "Especially during the morning," she said.

  • Panhandle gets foot of snow, West Texas closes early

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A winter storm swept West Texas, dropping up to a foot of snow in the Texas Panhandle and threatening El Paso into closing government offices early. Dozens of school districts cancelled classes or delayed opening in the Panhandle and South Plains on Thursday, while government offices, schools and universities from El Paso to the Midland-Odessa, San Angelo and Big Bend areas closed early Thursday and planned to open late on Friday. Almost 5 inches of snow was reported in El Paso by midafternoon Thursday before tapering off Thursday evening. As much as a foot of snow was reported in Amarillo and the northern Panhandle and a remote area of West Texas between Midland and San Anglo. No major traffic p

  • Weekend winter weather forecast for New Jersey

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Another winter storm is being forecast for New Jersey that could bring widespread snow to parts of the state. Forecasters are following a storm that could track up the coast and that several inches of snow are possible from Friday night into Saturday. Snow is also possible Sunday night into Monday. Forecasters say the snow could mix with or change to rain at the Jersey shore. An Alberta clipper on Wednesday brought anywhere from a trace to more than 3 inches mainly in parts of south Jersey.

  • NYC to get light snow, sleet and freezing rain this weekend

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Weather Service says the New York metro area should expect a mixed bag of light snow, sleet and freezing rain due to a winter storm system moving up the Eastern seaboard this weekend A meteorologist says light snow will arrive Friday night and then turn to a mixture of sleet and freezing rain by Saturday morning with temperatures around freezing before changing to plain rain, sleet and snow. Roadways will be slick with icy conditions. The rain and snow should taper off by early Saturday evening after dumping about 2 to 4 inches of snow in the area. Weather officials say parts of Connecticut could get half a foot of snow. Some counties in Massachusetts could see up to 7 inches along with he

  • Weekend could bring snow to parts of Pa.

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It could be a snowy weekend in parts of Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service in State College said Thursday that an overnight storm Friday night and Saturday morning could leave two to five inches of snow in south-central Pennsylvania, while farther east the snow is likely to be mixed with rain. Meteorologist Barry Lambert says the weather service is keeping a close watch on another weather system Sunday night that could produce accumulations of up to several inches across the state.

  • Winter weather system may bring rain to Baltimore, DC area

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Forecasters say a winter weather system moving toward the East Coast may only bring rain to the Washington and Baltimore areas. National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Snyder says the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington will likely sit on the fringe of the storm with more rain than wintry precipitation Friday night into Saturday. Temperatures are likely to hover around the freezing mark or just above. There may be more snow and lower temperatures in areas north and west of Baltimore and Washington. Snyder says this is not looking like a major winter storm. He says there could be 1 to 4 inches of snow in areas to the north and west of the metropolitan area.

  • NCDOT crews apply brine to western roads ahead of storm

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Work crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation have begun treating mountain roads in advance of a winter storm system that will bring snow, sleet and freezing rain to some areas. The National Weather Service says snow showers are possible on Friday with up to 2 inches expected. A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain are forecast for Saturday. The southwest mountains could get up to 2 inches of snow as well with a wintry mix possible for Saturday. NCDOT crews began applying brine to several roads on Thursday. Crews covered Interstate 26 in Henderson and Polk counties, U.S. 25 in Henderson County from I-26 to the South Carolina line, N.C. 280 from the Buncombe County line into Brevard and U.

  • Weekend storm to bring wet, heavy snow to Connecticut

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A winter storm expected to hit Connecticut on Saturday could bring the first significant snowfall of the season. Meteorologist Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, says the storm could drop half a foot of heavy, wet snow in parts of northern and eastern Connecticut. He says the Hartford area is likely to receive 3 to 5 inches of snow. Simpson said temperatures will be close to freezing, making it difficult to predict exactly which areas are likely to receive more rain than snow. The storm is likely to complicate travel over the weekend as the heaviest precipitation is forecast to arrive during the day on Saturday.

  • Driving difficult as winter storm slams New Mexico

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Snow and ice are making driving difficult on numerous highways across New Mexico, with blizzard-like conditions reported along Interstate 40 in the eastern half of the state. Some communities' schools are closed. The National Weather Service says the storm will continue over the state Thursday before moving out to the southeast Thursday night. The state Department of Transportation says crews are dealing with blowing snow drifts on highways throughout northeastern New Mexico. Sections of I-25 between Glorieta and Raton and I-40 between Clines Corner and Glenrio are reportedly snow packed and icy.

  • UPDATE: Up to 8 inches of snow reported in Elk City, Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    A winter weather advisory has been issued in central Oklahoma. Western Oklahoma is also under the advisory.

  • UPDATE: Winter weather bulletins include Oklahoma City metro area

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    The National Weather Service issued winter weather bulletins Wednesday for much of western and central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • Hawaii officials warning of high surf along north shores

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials are warning the public of high surf along north and west-facing shores. Honolulu on Wednesday closed Waimea Bay Beach Park due to hazardous high surf. The city says drivers should be aware of sand and debris on the roads. It's advising residents and visitors to stay off beaches and away from shorelines and ledges along the water. The National Weather Service says a very large west and northwest swell is bringing dangerously large surf to many parts of the Hawaiian Islands. Forecasters say the swells will also bring large waves to areas not normally affected by winter swells, including Oahu's south shore and the west-facing shores of Lanai and the Big Island.

  • Difficult conditions reported on some New Mexico highways

    Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Snowplows are working to clear northern New Mexico highways of a snow and ice from a major winter storm. Some highways in the region are reported to have fair to difficult driving conditions. The National Weather Service says snow levels will continue to drop Wednesday, with the most significant impacts expected overnight. According to the forecasters, areas along and east of the central mountain chain will be hardest hit by heavy snow Wednesday. Strong winds are expected to develop Wednesday night in the middle Rio Grande Valley the upper Tularosa Valley. The forecast calls for snowfall to increasing hit southern New Mexico Thursday, and winter storm warnings and winter weather ad

  • Warm, windy weather spells fire danger, drought intensification in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Temperatures over the weekend climbed to more than 20 degrees above average in the Oklahoma City metro area, according to National Weather Service records. Those warm temperatures, along with strong winds, sapped soil moisture across the area, leading to wildfires and possible drought intensification.