• Weather service issues winter weather advisory for Indiana

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is urging residents to prepare for a storm that could bring snow through much of the state, with a potential for a mix of sleet and freezing rain in southern Indiana on Saturday night. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, estimating 4 to 7 inches of snow is possible in central areas of the state and 1 to 2 inches in the south. Homeland Security officials says drivers should carefully consider if travel is necessary, especially if roads become hazardous. The department says winter weather, especially ice, can cause power outages and residents should be prepared to take action.

  • NYC preparing for snow after cold month

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — After a frigid February, New York City is preparing to start March with a snowstorm. The city's sanitation department has issued a snow alert for Sunday starting after noon. Snowplows, salt spreaders and staff are ready to go into action to clear a possible few inches. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service say the average temperature for the city was about 24 in February. That's 11 degrees below the average of 35 for the month.

  • Nebraska, Iowa expected to see snow this weekend

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Parts of Nebraska and Iowa are expected to see some light snow this weekend, but the bitter cold will continue to take center stage in the two-state region. The National Weather Service says a dusting of snow could be seen starting Saturday afternoon overnight in to Sunday for central and parts of eastern Nebraska, with some heavier snow in southern portions of the state. That light snow is expected to quickly move into Iowa, with some heavier amounts near the southern border with Missouri. In northeast Iowa, single-digit temperatures and southeast winds of 5-to-10 mph are creating wind chills of 20- to 30-below zero. The service says another winter system moving into the area Tuesday could bring more rain, freezing rai

  • Dallas-area ice forces cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma for the second consecutive day left highways slick and forced the cancellation of another 1,000 flights Saturday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the nation's biggest airline hubs. The Saturday chaos was on top of about 600 flights nixed Friday, forcing about 5,000 travelers to spend the night at the airport, spokesman David Magana said. The airport provided cots, blankets and toiletries to the passengers, plus kept concession stands open overnight, Magana said. One American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Oklahoma City that typically takes less than an hour ended up being a nine-hour journey for some passengers, the airline said

  • Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God. Churches, synagogues and mosques report attendance is down at services, as poorly timed winter storms have hit on or close to days of worship. And getting the faithful to come out is challenging, with limited parking and treacherously icy sidewalks plaguing the region. For many places of worship, that has meant donations are drying up just as costs for snow removal, heating and maintenances are soaring.

  • Weather service says potential flooding possible in W.Va.

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Weather Service says there's a potential for flooding in the upcoming week in West Virginia. The weather service says significant rainfall combined with warmer temperatures and a melting snowpack could cause streams and rivers to rise. The weather service says there's the likelihood of heavy rain on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the 50s.

  • Activists count homeless before seeking to end homelessness

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — In the woods behind a large business on Hartford Turnpike in Waterford, six volunteers found signs of camp: a trail of packed-down snow from footprints, a small bridge built over a brook, a baby stroller and a shopping cart. No one was there. But with a temperature at 27 degrees and light flurries, the volunteers were glad about that. Armed with flashlights and clipboards, more than 30 volunteers took to the streets in New London and Norwich areas to count unsheltered homeless individuals. Volunteers also conducted a count of the emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and supportive housing programs in the areas. The U.S.

  • Winter storm's snow, ice cover highways in New Mexico

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are cautioning people about driving Friday night because of icy and snowy roads that are causing traffic accidents. The message came hours after the city public school system said it was closing schools due to a winter storm that left many highways and roads around the state covered with ice and snow. Rio Rancho schools also were closed. Elsewhere, state Department of Transportation reported Friday night that many state roadways are presenting difficult driving conditions because of ice and snow, including parts of Interstate 25 around Las Vegas and Raton.

  • More snow, ice expected Saturday in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Another round of snow and ice is expected to pass through Oklahoma on Saturday, forecasters said. Every part of the state will see winter weather, with snow likely in the northern half of the state and snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain in the south, they said.

  • US 75 north of Dallas closes during snowy weather, accidents

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — A winter storm that dumped several inches of snow on Texas Friday closed schools, snarled travel and forced a main highway into Oklahoma to shut down after nearly 20 vehicles slid off the road. The system that closed schools Friday in Lubbock, Abilene, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo reached the Dallas-Fort Worth area by midmorning. Up to 7 inches of snow was reported Friday from the South Plains and Panhandle of West Texas to northeastern Texas. Reports of 3- to 4-inch accumulations were widespread in counties between Dallas-Fort Worth and the Red River, prompting forecasters to issue a winter storm warning for Cooke, Grayson, Wise and Denton counties late Friday afternoon through Saturday.

  • UPDATE: Police not responding to non-injury accidents in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Snow moved across the western part of the state Friday morning and is falling in the Oklahoma City area.

  • Oklahoma winter weather: Event cancellations

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    We'll be updating this article throughout the day with closings and event cancellations. If you have an event this weekend that you would like to reschedule or cancel, email News Web Editor Tiffany Gibson at tgibson@opubco.com.

  • 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.

  • Joplin, Mo., tornado offered lessons for Moore and El Reno, National Weather Service official says

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

    The tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., nearly four years ago left 161 people dead and much of the city devastated. But the storm taught forecasters lessons that may have saved lives during subsequent disasters, including the May 2013 tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area, a National Weather Service official said Wednesday.

  • National Tornado Summit 2015

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Read updates below from this year's National Tornado Summit, discussing storms, public shelters and preparation plans.

  • UPDATE: Wind advisory issued in Oklahoma as cold front sweeps into state

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Temperatures have dropped in Oklahoma Thursday. The high temperature in central Oklahoma will be near 31 degrees. A wind advisory is in effect for the western half of the state.

  • Oklahoma weather: Winter storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Read updates below of winter weather and hazardous road conditions across central Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma ranchers keep operation alive through drought, illness

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Julie Carr and her husband, Robert, own and operate a cattle ranch near Holdenville, in Hughes County, Oklahoma. After several years of drought and a cancer diagnosis for her husband, Julie is determined to keep the ranch alive.

  • When tornadoes strike, public storm shelters can do more harm than good, Oklahoma experts say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    When tornado sirens went off in Logan County on May 24, 2011, three Guthrie churches that had volunteered to serve as storm shelters were quickly overrun — and not just by people. Dogs, cats and birds were packed together in church basements with Oklahoma residents looking to escape the tornado, said Logan County Emergency Management Director David Ball.

  • Warmer day ahead Wednesday, more wintry weather possible Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Wednesday will be much warmer in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. More wintry weather is possible Friday.