• Most Broadway theaters reopen Tuesday in New York City

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Most Broadway theaters reopened Tuesday, a day after a heavy snow wiped out shows in New York for one night. The Broadway League said all current plays and musicals will be open as scheduled on Tuesday with the exception of "Aladdin" and "The Lion King." The last time Broadway took a big hit from the weather it was Hurricane Sandy in 2012. That storm darkened Broadway for four days and cost more than $8.5 million in lost revenue. Other venues also shuttered. One open rehearsal by the New York Philharmonic was scrapped for Wednesday. And Louis C.K.'s show at Madison Square Garden was canceled for Wednesday. ___ Online: http://www.broadwayleague.

  • 2 more rounds of snow could be headed to New England

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days, just as New Englanders are digging out from a historic blizzard. A storm arriving in the region late Thursday and lasting off and on through Friday night will most likely bring 2 to 4 inches of snow to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, said Frank Nocera, a senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service. Eastern Massachusetts, including Boston and Cape Cod, has an "outside chance" of seeing up to six inches — adding significantly to the 2 to 3 feet of snow already dumped in parts of Massachusetts earlier this week, Nocera said. Forecasters are also monitoring a storm heading into the region

  • Rhode Island digging out from blizzard, 1 to 2 feet of snow

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is digging out from a blizzard that dumped between 1 and 2 feet of snow, or more, across the state. The blizzard ranked among the top five snowstorms to hit the state on record, according to measurements at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. In Burrillville, 28.5 inches of snow was reported. Providence got a foot-and-a-half. Schools are closed for a second day Wednesday around the state. A statewide travel ban was lifted Tuesday night, but roads are still treacherous. Authorities are urging people to stay home. Flights have resumed at T.F. Green after nearly all were canceled on Tuesday. Parking bans ended, and RIPTA buses resumed schedules.

  • Brazil's biggest city may cut water service to 2 days a week

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The worst drought to hit Brazil's biggest city in decades may leave residents with water service only two days a week. Sao Paulo water utility company Sabesp says a five days-off, two days-on system would be a last-ditch effort to prevent the collapse of the Cantareira water system. The reservoir is the largest of six that provide water to some 6 million of the 20 million people living in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo. The utility says Cantareira is now down to 5.1 percent of its capacity of 264 billion gallons (1 trillion liters). Sabesp official Paulo Massato Yoshimoto said Wednesday that "rationing could happen if rainfall does not increase in the reservoir area soon.

  • Cleanup begins in Maine after powerful snowstorm

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some schools and businesses remained closed on Wednesday as Maine residents began to clean up after a powerful snowstorm left some cities and towns buried under more than 2 feet of snow. Many travel services resumed and state government offices reopened, but many Mainers still were digging out while forecasters warned that more snow could be on the way. Cathy DeMerchant of Vassalboro said she and her husband John woke up to about 2 feet of snow on their 300-foot driveway, which John spent about 90 minutes plowing with a tractor on Wednesday. Plowing their entire property began around 5 a.m. and was finally finished by 11:30 a.m., she said. "Although he was complaining, I did see a smile on his fa

  • Gov. Baker heads to Nantucket for damage survey after storm

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has made a last-minute decision to visit Nantucket, one of the communities hardest hit by this week's blizzard. About 3,500 customers on the island remained without power at mid-day Wednesday, nearly half of the state's total. The island got a foot of snow, but was buffeted by high winds, including one gust of 76 miles per hour. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will still visit Marshfield. Both talked with local officials in Scituate. Baker said he will be requesting federal damage assistance and is asking communities to tally their damage reports. He said he's not sure the state will meet the threshold for aid but "we will certainly put in the ask.

  • Legislature expected to vote on several measure Thursday

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Legislature returns from a short pause after this week's winter storm delayed votes on several measures. Lawmakers are planning to vote Thursday on some three dozen measures. Among them are two measures that stem from the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting in August. Those measures require additional oversight of a federal Defense Department program that allows local police departments to buy military weapons. The Assembly also plans to vote on a bill that would require the governor to parcel out disaster aid to residents and businesses in proportion to the damage suffered in a given town.

  • Suffolk official: Workers doing their best on side streets

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says towns and villages are doing their best to get side streets "up and running" in the aftermath of the blizzard. Bellone said Wednesday that plow operators and emergency responders have been praising the "very effective" decision to close the roads to the public during the height of the storm. Bellone noted that there could be more snow every few days in the weeks to come. He says officials are working to give Long Island's hard-hit east end whatever assets it needs.

  • How much snow fell vs. how much was forecast

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast as of Wednesday after a massive winter storm and the National Weather Service's forecast snow totals as of Monday night: ___ CONNECTICUT Thompson — Actual: 33.5 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Lisbon — Actual: 26 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. ___ MAINE Lewiston — Actual: 27 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. South Windham — Actual: 18 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Portland — Actual: 25 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. ___ MASSACHUSETTS Lunenburg — Actual: 36 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Auburn — Actual: 36 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Framingham — Actual: 33.5 inches; Forecast: More

  • Postal service returns in Maine after blizzard

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Postal service is back online in most of Maine, where all post offices will be open in the aftermath of this week's blizzard. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service says the post offices are reopening Wednesday. Mail will be delivered in most of the state in areas where roads, streets and mailboxes are safely accessible. The postal service is asking residents to clear mailboxes and steps so postal workers will be able to safely do their jobs in the wake of the blizzard, which dumped two feet of snow in parts of the state. The service says delivery could be delayed or curtailed if conditions are unsafe for carriers.

  • Ferry service resumes after high-wind closing

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, Vt. (AP) — The Lake Champlain Transportation Company ferry between Charlotte, Vermont, and Essex, New York, is running again. The ferry had been closed for a time early Wednesday because of high winds. It resumed operations about 8 a.m. Wednesday. The northern crossing between Grand Isle, Vermont, and Cumberland Head, New York, did not close.

  • Warm temperatures set marks in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    High temperatures in Oklahoma City shattered a century-old record Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Oklahoma City shattered record daily high temperature yesterday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The high temperature in central Oklahoma will be near 76 degrees Tuesday. Fire danger returns Wednesday with stronger winds but Tuesday winds will be light.

  • App allows real-time monitoring of snow plows

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    In many big cities, snow plows are now equipped with GPS trackers. The technology used to direct the plows also gives real-time updates on the clean-up effort. Vladimir Duthier reports on PlowNYC, an app that's putting residents in the driver's seat.

  • Of Character: Oklahoma meteorologist recognized for innovation

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Bryan Painter: Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Norman forecast office will travel to Silver Spring, Md., to receive the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, the highest honor granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.

  • More fire danger in Oklahoma Monday through Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Wind gusts and unseasonably warm weather could add up to extra wildfire danger in Oklahoma. Wildfires will be a risk through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports.

  • Training available for Oklahoma residents interested in storm spotting

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    The National Weather Service is launching a series of classes for Oklahoma residents who want to learn more about severe weather. Meteorologists will hold the first Skywarn Storm Spotter Training online training session on Tuesday.

  • Drought begins to develop in eastern Oklahoma, report shows

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    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.

  • Warmer temperatures in Oklahoma Friday and through the weekend

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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

  • 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.