• Few inches of snow falling in Washington mountains

    Yesterday

    SEATTLE (AP) — The rain across much of Washington Friday is falling as snow in the Olympics and Cascades. The National Weather Service says the snow level will be around 3,000 feet and 2 to 5 inches of snow are forecast in the mountains. Forecasters expect skies to clear Saturday for a mostly sunny day, breezy in places and cool, with some lows in the 30s across Washington. Another system could bring a chance of rain and mountain snow Monday before the region dries out again midweek.

  • Baltimore warns food service illegal without running water

    Yesterday

    BALTIMORE (AP) — After freezing temperatures have led to widespread water problems, the Baltimore City Health Department is warning food service facilities that they must have hot and cold water operating in order to serve food. The agency said Friday that health inspectors have closed four businesses in the last 10 days that were serving food despite not having water service due to burst pipes or frozen pipes. Baltimore Health Commissioner Lena Wen says having both hot and cold running water is essential to prevent food-borne illness. She says people need to be able to wash their hands and clean dishes and surfaces. The health department says the public should alert city officials if they know of facilities serving f

  • DC brings in extra crews to catch up on trash collections

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia is calling in extra personnel to increase trash collections that have been delayed due to weather conditions. Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration announced a 72-hour "All Hands on Deck" initiative beginning Friday to catch up on trash collections. Additional trash collection crews will be working Friday and through the weekend to collect waste. As part of the effort, the city will have additional crews from its leaf team collecting trash. Private trash collectors will also be brought in to help with the city effort. The city is also salting alleys to make them passable for trash collectors. City Administrator Rashad Young says the city apologizes for the delay in service.

  • Thousands still without electricity after NC storm

    Yesterday

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 35,000 customers are still without electric service after a winter storm that affected virtually all of North Carolina. Duke Energy reports the biggest problem Friday is still in Wake County, where more than 11,000 customers are without service. There are also problems in Durham County and in Mitchell County on the Tennessee state line. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the mountains and central parts of the state. Forecasters say there is a risk of black ice on the roads as snow and ice froze again in the early morning cold Friday. Freezing fog is also a possibility. The National Weather Service reported light snow around Boone. Freezing fog was reported in Greensboro, Greenvil

  • Carolinas hope for help from temperatures, utilities

    Yesterday

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Residents of the Carolinas are looking to Mother Nature and their local energy provider to help them thaw out after the latest winter storm left portions of both states covered in snow. While the storm had passed well off the coast, many homes and businesses were without power to start their Friday. Duke Energy announced it was sending an additional 1,000 workers to its hardest hit areas in North Carolina to restore power. The utility said 78,000 customers were without electricity Thursday evening. For people who had power, their problem would come in the morning commute.

  • Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal

    Yesterday

    GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013. Speaking at a public school in Guiuan, where Typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall before claiming more than 7,300 lives, Hollande promised to "remember your faces" when France hosts the climate conference in December. On Thursday, he and President Benigno Aquino III launched an international appeal to back efforts to seal the accord in Paris. Hollande warned that there will be no deal if wealthy countries don't commit adequate funds to help poor nations fight global warming.

  • Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013. Hollande arrived in Guiuan town, where Typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall before claiming more than 7,300 lives, after he and President Benigno Aquino III launched an international appeal to back efforts to seal the climate change accord in Paris in December. Hollande warned that there will be no deal if wealthy countries don't commit adequate funds to help poor nations fight global warming. "There will be no agreement concluded in Paris if the countries, the poorest countries, are not convinced th

  • Snow expected Friday in western and southwestern Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in counties in western and southwestern Oklahoma.

  • Heavy snow falls in Mississippi; at least 3 killed

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hazardous driving conditions continued over much of northern Mississippi Thursday as the remnants of a storm system lingered. At least three deaths were reported in the state. Highway Patrol said roads would remain icy through Thursday after heavy snow across much of north Mississippi on Wednesday. The Mississippi Department of Transportation suggested people stay home so plows and work crews could clear the roads. In Oxford, Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said Fenton Kottkamp, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, a senior at the University of Mississippi, died Wednesday after being thrown from a sled that ran into a sign. Kottkamp was sledding at the Highland Square apartment complex.

  • CEO: Commuter rail system back to full service by March 30

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — The head of the French company that operates Massachusetts' commuter rail system apologized for the breakdowns and delays that have plagued the system after a series of storms dumped more than 7 feet of snow on the region and vowed that full service would be restored — but not until the end of next month. Keolis International CEO Bernard Tabary said a plan approved by Gov. Charlie Baker calls for the system to operate at 78 percent capacity by Friday, with the goal of full service by March 30. "We will do everything we can to accelerate that process, and have brought experts in from around the world to support this effort," Tabary said in a statement.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi teases Reid with dark glasses

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedy on Capitol Hill — the intentional kind, anyway — is pretty rare. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got chuckles Thursday when she started a news conference by donning dark glasses, a teasingly sympathetic gesture to the man standing next to her, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. "I brought my glasses to be like Harry, but he switched on me," Pelosi said, removing her shades. In recent days, Reid indeed has worn dark glasses in the Capitol, partly hiding the serious injury to his right eye suffered while exercising at his Nevada home on New Year's Day. Reid said an elastic exercise band snapped, causing him to fall and break bones in his face. He had two surgeries in January,

  • State revises storm death total to 29

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says it is 29 people, and not 30, who have died in Tennessee as a result of last week's ice storm and frigid temperatures. TEMA on Thursday revised downward the number of fatalities after the Sevier County Sheriff's Office said that one of the two fatalities in the county was the result of an aneurism and not hypothermia. Several of the victims died in vehicular accidents as a result of ice-covered roads or interstates. At least nine of them died as a result of hypothermia. Some were found dead in their homes after being without heat. At least two were elderly people who were found dead outside their home because they slipped and fell and could not get up.

  • Wintry precipitation forecast for much of Oklahoma

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Another round of wintry weather is expected across much of Oklahoma. The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a winter weather advisory from 6 a.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Friday for southwestern and southern Oklahoma and the weather service says 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible. A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible during the weekend across the state and could continue through Monday, making travel potentially dangerous.

  • Storm dumps snow, sleet and freezing rain on Carolinas

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) — For Mike Tove, a winter storm that dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain across the Carolinas was nothing but trouble. He didn't know if he'd make it to the airport Thursday for a business trip to Detroit. And he was worried about leaving his family. "I'd call it a big headache," said Tove, 62, while sweeping the snow off his hybrid car with his hands. "We've got no power. We've got two kids." He was concerned about an elderly neighbor who lacked electricity, too. All across the Carolinas, people were digging out of a wintry mix of snow and ice that created treacherous roads and left thousands of people without power. Duke Energy reported nearly 165,000 customers were without power Thursday aft

  • 3 winners of storm shelters through Oklahoma Lottery contest

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Lottery has hatched some clever gimmicks in past years to keep customers coming in the door, with past giveaways including 100 pounds of bacon, $500 toward a summer electric bill, a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle, and his and hers iPad 2s. This year, lottery officials wanted to outdo themselves by offering what has become the must-have item for those living in the state: a storm shelter. So far, three winners have received one. "It beats where we were before: drive across town to relatives," said Chris Childers, a retired 63-year-old Blackwell resident who won the first shelter last month. "Now, you run out your door and you're safe at 3 a.m. in the morning." His five-person shelt

  • Denver apologizes for late notice on snow day

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Not everyone was happy about the snow day for schools in Denver. Parents weren't notified about the closure until around 6:30 a.m. Thursday just as many were preparing to get their children to school. Superintendent Tom Boasberg apologized, saying road conditions proved to be much worse than predicted. He also said additional snow expected in the afternoon led the district to close schools. Students in Jefferson County and Pueblo also got the day off because of the latest round of snow to hit Colorado. Schools in Boulder, which got about a foot of new snow, remained open as did those in the Colorado Springs area.

  • Changes for storm sirens unveiled in southwest Missouri

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Residents in a large swath of southwest Missouri should be less confused about what is happening when a severe storm siren sounds this year, thanks to a new protocol unveiled by a group of weather, emergency management and broadcasting officials. The process will standardize when and how outdoor warning signals are used and tested so residents will have no doubt that they should get to a shelter when the sirens go off, said Doug Cramer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "It's very important because just about every single jurisdiction has different rules about using the sirens — when they sound them, do they have an all-clear signal?" Cramer said Thursday.

  • Forecasters warn that melting snow will refreeze on roads

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    MOUNTAIN PARK, Ga. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of slick roads and highways in north Georgia as melting snow re-freezes. The National Weather Service said any water that doesn't dry Thursday will refreeze as temperatures dip below freezing across most of the region. In the small town of Mountain Park about 25 miles north of Atlanta, snow was rapidly melting on the roads late Thursday morning. Mountain Park maintenance worker Chad Rhyne said the town recently purchased a tractor, which helped clear snow from the windy roads. Karen Segars, who also lives in the picturesque town northwest of Roswell, said she's among residents who enjoy snow about once a year.

  • A foot of snow sets records, tangles travel in Alabama

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A record winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on north Alabama left roads coated with an icy slush that complicated travel Thursday, but rising temperatures melted away some of the problem. The National Weather Service said the 8.2 inches of snow that fell in Huntsville helped break a monthly snow record first established in 1895. The Alabama Department of Transportation plowed snow off major roads, and the sun peeked through at times to help. That wasn't much help to dozens of drivers who spent hours in vehicles stuck overnight on Interstate 65 north of Birmingham because of wrecks. Power outages affected about 12,000 homes and businesses at daybreak, according to Alabama Power Co., but

  • $96,000 to help remove 2014 tornado debris in Arkansas

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide $96,000 to help remove debris in Arkansas left in the wake of a tornado last year. The debris is to be removed from Palarm Creek in Faulkner County and work is planned to help prevent future flooding on the creek. The EF4 tornado that struck last April is blamed for 16 deaths in central Arkansas, damage to an estimated 3,000 homes and the clogging of streams with debris. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is sponsoring the project.




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