• APNewsBreak: Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will seek a federal disaster declaration for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the state and piled up what state officials estimate to be $400 million in snow removal costs and other damage, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration said Tuesday. Baker planned to send a letter to President Barack Obama by the end of the week asking for the disaster declaration for 10 counties, an area encompassing about 250 cities and towns, a spokesman told The Associated Press. The letter would be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with the final decision on the request to be made by the president.

  • Warm, dry weather boosts risk of Wyoming grass fires

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The risk of grass fires has spiked amid a spell of unusually warm and dry weather, leading officials to warn Tuesday of high fire danger in southeast Wyoming as winds whip up to 50 mph. The advisory from the National Weather Service covers an area between Glendo and Pine Bluffs. The state has seen several grass and range fires lately, including a small one that came within a few hundred feet of South High School in Cheyenne. Other small blazes have broken out in recent days in the Chugwater area Jackson Hole. "We are a little concerned with these pre-greenup grass fires," State Forester Bill Crapser said. "I think we're going to continue seeing that activity until we see some spring moisture.

  • Freezing rain, snow cause problems in northern North Dakota

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Freezing rain and snow are creating poor travel conditions in northwestern North Dakota. The state Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region that includes Williston, Watford City, Stanley and Tioga. Officials say motorists can still travel but should be aware of the danger and drive according to conditions. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain and snow for northwest and north central North Dakota. Forecasters say 3-5 inches of snow could accumulate on top of the ice by late Tuesday.

  • Fire danger high in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Dry weather and winds forecast to gust to around 45 mph are expected to raise the risk of wildfires across the eastern half of Colorado as well as parts of Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. The National Weather Service has posted red flag warnings Tuesday for areas including southeastern Wyoming, the Nebraska Panhandle and western Kansas. In Colorado, the warning area extends up and down the Front Range and south to Trinidad and east to the border as well as the San Luis Valley. New fires can quickly spread out of control in the forecast conditions and the weather service is warning against any outdoor burning.

  • Congressional delegation asks Obama for disaster declaration

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's congressional delegation has written to President Barack Obama in support of Gov. Maggie Hassan's request for a major disaster declaration for the state following damage caused by a January snowstorm. From Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford counties received between 28 and 32 inches of snow, breaking local accumulation records and straining resources. Hassan issued a state of emergency and more than 600 transportation personnel plowed nearly 9,000 miles of roadway. The counties exhausted their snow removal budget. Current costs associated with the storm exceed $3.29 million statewide.

  • Powderhorn ski resort closes early because of warm weather

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    MESA, Colo. (AP) — Powderhorn Mountain Resort in western Colorado has closed for the winter season early because of a stretch of unseasonably warm weather. The ski resort, which closed Monday, was forced to move all of its closing weekend festivities up a week because of a lack of quality snow. The Powderhorn Strider Snow Cup and Powderhorn Pond Skim events were held over the weekend. Powderhorn, which was originally scheduled to close March 29, is about 20 miles east of Grand Junction.

  • Crashes close NB lanes of I-75 in west-central Ohio

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a series of crashes that happened amid heavy snow have closed down northbound Interstate 75 lanes in west-central Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 20 to 30 vehicles were involved in the I-75 crashes north of Dayton Monday afternoon after the snow began to fly. Media reports said two people were injured. The northbound lanes were shut down around the Sidney exit, and traffic was moving slowly in the southbound lanes.

  • Last blast of winter? Up to 15 inches of snow in Midwest

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — Spring came falling down Monday on winter-weary residents in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa with more than a foot of new snow in some areas. Schools in southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota canceled classes as snowplows hit the highways and streets and the locals fired up their snow blowers or brought out their shovels for another round. The National Weather Service measured 15 inches of snow in the Grant County, Wisconsin, community of Fennimore and 13 inches in neighboring Crawford County. Decorah, Iowa was dealing with 11½ inches of snow, while 10 inches fell in Rochester, Minnesota. A sprinkling of snow disrupted rush hour traffic in Chicago.

  • Spring snow causes white-outs, crashes in northern Illinois

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — An early spring storm brought near white-out conditions and made roadways slick in northern Illinois on Monday, causing numerous accidents, including one involving the governor's motorcade, and blanketing the region in a layer of snow. More than 450 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport and more than 50 others were canceled at Midway International Airport. Flights that were getting out were experiencing significant delays. Reports of crashes and spin-outs started coming in after 5:30 a.m., a State Police spokesman said. Some caused minor injuries, including to a state trooper traveling in Gov. Bruce Rauner's motorcade.

  • Hail, winds, possibly tornadoes may be heading to region

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes to the region — less than a week after meteorologists reported no tornadoes in the United States thus far in March. "It does look like the weather patterns are going to become a bit more active around midweek in the central United States," according to Corey Mead, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center in Norman. Mead said a cold front was expected to push strong storms through southeastern Kansas starting late Monday, then into Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri on Tuesday.

  • Snow dampens efforts to jumpstart yard cleanup in Mason City

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — An overnight snowstorm along northern Iowa has dampened Mason City's efforts to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning. City officials had rescheduled the town's first yard waste collection day of the year for Monday because of a recent bout of pleasant weather. A snowstorm that moved across the upper Midwest Sunday night into early Monday morning and dumped about two inches of heavy snow in Mason City, however, left officials questioning their decision to switch their original April 6 start date. The National Weather Service says about 15 inches of snow accumulated in parts of southwestern Wisconsin, and about 11½ inches fell in Decorah, Iowa. Despite the weather, City Administrator Brent Trout t

  • 500 without power in Carson City, storm delays Tahoe schools

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A late winter storm delayed the start of school at Lake Tahoe and temporarily left about 500 homes and businesses without power in the Carson City area. The National Weather Service has issued a high lake wind advisory effective through 7 p.m. Monday for Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake. Sustained winds up to 25 mph were creating waves at both lakes up to 3-feet high. The winds damaged at least one building and downed a tree in front of the state Capitol in Carson City. NV Energy expects all power to be restored by 3 p.m. About an inch of snow was reported at Tahoe City, California. The cold snap is expected to be short-lived with highs in Reno back into the mid-60s by Wednesday and mid-70s by Friday.

  • Spring snowstorm snarls traffic in NW Indiana

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — A spring snowstorm surprised motorists across northern Indiana Monday, leading to crashes that backed up traffic during the morning commute and prompting at least four counties to issue travel advisories. Snow that began falling heavily near the Illinois/Indiana state line around 6 a.m. CDT led to crashes that closed at least three lanes affecting both directions on Interstate 80/94 in Lake County. Indiana State Police said spinouts and slide-offs also littered the Indiana Toll Road in Lake County. "There's crashes all over the place," Sgt. Larry LaFlower of the Sheriff's Department in adjacent Porter County told The (Munster) Times.

  • Storm-chasing vehicle to be featured at weather seminar

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    WILBER, Neb. (AP) — A 5-ton, 7-foot-tall storm-chasing vehicle will be one of the features at the 2015 Regional Severe Weather Seminar this Saturday in Saline County. The free seminar is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. at Saline Center Hall, which sits about 11 miles west of Wilber. "Chasing and Covering the Pilger Twin Tornadoes: An Insider's Perspective" will be presented by the Iowa Storm Chasing Network's Ben McMillan and Zach Sharpe. Michael Moritz, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist from Hastings, will give some spotter training. More information on the seminar is available by contacting Saline County Emergency Management coordinator B.J. Fictum at 402-821-3010 or 826-7200; or via

  • Red flag warning for parts of southern Colorado

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — The risk of wildfires starting and spreading in southern Colorado is high because of dry, warm weather and expected wind gusts. A red flag warning has been posted for the San Luis Valley and Huerfano and Las Animas counties from noon Monday through 7 p.m. The National Weather Service says the fire danger is expected to increase across much of eastern Colorado on Tuesday because of strong winds expected to develop as a storm system moves out. Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado Springs and Pueblo are in the warning area but Denver isn't.

  • Snow snarls morning commute across northern Illinois

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A thin blanket of snow is snarling the morning commute across northern Illinois, where slick roadways led to scores of accidents and brought traffic to a crawl in some areas. The Illinois State Police says that reports of crashes and spin-outs started coming in about 5:30 Monday morning. The weather system that could bring as much as five inches of snow to some parts of the Chicago area also prompted nearly 100 cancellations at O'Hare International Airport and another 20 at Midway International Airport. The National Weather Service cautions that conditions could get more hazardous as temperatures climb and the snow turns to sleet.

  • 63 trips being restored to MBTA commuter rail services

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — The company that runs the MBTA's commuter rail services is restoring 63 trips as it continues to recover from a winter of heavy snow and frigid temperatures that crippled service. Keolis Commuter Services says the extra 63 trips will be added on most lines starting Monday and are part of an effort to restore full service by the end of March. Commuters are urged to visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's website to check the updated schedules. The MBTA, the nation's oldest public transit system, was plagued by equipment failures during a winter that dropped more than nine feet of snow in the Boston area, resulting in delayed and canceled trains and hours-long commutes.

  • Southwestern Wisconsin hit hard by spring snow

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — It's a return to winter-like weather for parts of Wisconsin. The National Weather Service measured at least 10 inches of new snow in Crawford County with about 7 inches in Buffalo County and lesser amounts elsewhere in Wisconsin. Caledonia, Prairie du Chien, North Crawford, and Viroqua schools are among those closed Monday while others are starting 2 hours late. The accumulating snow is quite a contrast to a week ago when high temperatures were in the 50s under blue skies.

  • Heavy, wet snow piles up in southern Minnesota

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The calendar may have turned to spring, but for many parts of Minnesota it's a return to winter's snow and ice. By Monday morning nearly 9 inches of snow has fallen in southern Scott, Rice and Dakota counties. Slick roads kept the Minnesota State Patrol busy with several hundred crashes and spinouts by Sunday night. Twenty people were injured in those accidents. Forecasters say the heaviest snow hit the Twin Cities around dinner time Sunday at a rate of about 2 inches per hour. Temperatures in the metro area are forecast in the 40s this week, so any accumulation shouldn't be around long.

  • Snow in Monday morning forecast for northern Illinois

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Winter isn't done with us yet. It might be spring, but weather forecasters say snow will return to northern Illinois early Monday, perhaps slowing the morning commute. Light rain Sunday night was expected to turn into snow overnight, with less than 1 inch expected in the Chicago area, but up to 3 inches north and west of the city. Forecasters say the snowfall could continue until early afternoon, when it's expected to turn into light rain as temperatures rise.




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