• Albania army on standby as floods kill 3

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts and closed schools in the west and south of the country, authorities said Wednesday. A 60-year-old man and his 26-year old daughter were found dead after their car was swept away by floodwaters in Lac, northwest of the capital, Tirana, late Tuesday. A 21-year-old motorcycle driver was also found dead in Lac, while his teenage passenger was rescued. The heavy rainfall also flooded the main streets and buildings in Tirana and the western port city of Durres. The government said the army was on standby to help emergency service workers with evacuation efforts, as more heavy rain was expected.

  • Cold temps spark Ohio water main break, sinkhole

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A water main break sparked by cold temperatures in southwest Ohio has caused a sinkhole that engulfed the front end of a pickup truck. WHIO-TV and the Dayton Daily News report the water main break occurred in Dayton early Tuesday and created a sinkhole in the road that swallowed Mike McDonald's truck around 6:30 a.m. McDonald says he was able to climb out of his vehicle on the passenger side and wasn't injured. Water in the area was shut off while repairs were made, but was restored later Tuesday morning. A city water official says the cold temperatures in the area caused the ground to move and the water main to split. Temperatures around Ohio were in the teens Tuesday, with wind chills below zero

  • Buffalo mayor: Slow cleanup from 4 feet of snow

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says firefighters are using 18 snowmobiles to respond to emergency calls related the lake-effect storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow on areas around the city. Brown said during a morning news conference Wednesday that crews have made progress removing snow from South Buffalo streets, but it's a "slow haul" getting to some snow-clogged areas. A driving ban still in effect in South Buffalo and officials are asking people to stay off the roads, despite the sunny weather Wednesday. Brown said residents of nearby towns have been driving into the city south end and getting stuck in deep snow. Another storm is expected to hit the area Wednesday night and dump an additiona

  • About 140 turtles stunned in South Texas cold snap

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Experts are caring for about 140 turtles stunned in a cold snap that left the reptiles stranded on South Texas beaches. The National Park Service at Padre Island National Seashore on Wednesday reported most of the rescued animals are Atlantic green sea turtles. Spokeswoman Dimitra Guerrero says the preliminary list of turtles saved since last weekend also includes one loggerhead and one endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. She says turtles have been found stunned and stranded, amid temperatures in the 40s, as far north as Galveston Bay. Guerrero says two turtles have died in the cold weather that began Nov. 14.

  • Niagara women's hoops team stranded by storm

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Stranded on the highway for more than a day, the Niagara women's basketball team is finally making its journey home. The team was stuck on its bus for nearly 30 hours because of a huge storm that dumped 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and was blamed for at least six deaths. Niagara was coming back late Monday night from a loss at Pittsburgh when the squad was marooned on the New York State Thruway. Early on Wednesday morning, players at last tweeted photos of a plow starting to clear the road. A few hours later, state troopers picked them up and brought them to a nearby police station where another bus was waiting to take them back to campus, Niagara guard Tiffany Corselli said. "It started to get bad fast at about

  • Extra caution urged while crossing Mackinac Bridge

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Motorists are being urged to use extra caution while crossing the Mackinac Bridge due to blowing snow in the Straits of Mackinac area. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says in a posting Wednesday morning on its website that the snow is creating limited visibility and may leave the road surface slippery. The five-mile bridge connects the Upper and Lower peninsulas. Motorists also are instructed to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20 mph and turn on low-beam headlights. ___ Online: http://www.mackinacbridge.

  • Motorists still stranded on Thruway near Buffalo

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway in western New York remains closed as authorities continue their efforts to rescue motorists stranded on a Buffalo-area section of the highway. State police say troopers are using all-terrain vehicles to reach the remaining motorists who have been stuck in their vehicles since early Tuesday morning. Thruway officials say most motorists have been rescued, but the agency's highway video system shows several vehicles still stuck Wednesday morning in deep snow near the Lackawanna toll barrier. Interstate 90 is closed in both directions for a second day from the Rochester area to the Pennsylvania border. There's no word yet from the Thruway Authority on when that stret

  • Niagara County sends aid to Buffalo-area neighbors

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than 5 feet of snow. Erie County officials requested help Tuesday as the lake-effect storm shut down local roads and highways and stranded scores of motorists. Niagara County just to the north sent 16 sheriff's deputies and supervisors in four-wheel drive vehicles and snowmobiles. Officers from the police departments in the city of Niagara Falls, Lockport, North Tonawanda and other Niagara County jurisdictions also are helping Buffalo-area law enforcement agencies.

  • NW Pa. ties record low, avoids heavy snowfall

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A northwest Pennsylvania city tied a record low temperature but avoided the heavy, lake-effect snow that deluged Western New York. The National Weather Service says the temperature in Erie dropped to 14 degrees just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, matching a mark set for that day in 1959. Forecasters say a narrower than expected snow band developing off Lake Erie left Erie with an accumulation of just 0.7 inches. They had predicted up to nearly two feet of snow. The National Weather Service says the region could see 2 to 4 inches of snow Wednesday and an additional 2 to 4 inches on Thursday.

  • Sunny skies, high near 50 in central Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Skies will be sunny Wednesday in central Oklahoma. The high temperature will be near 50 degrees.

  • Bitter cold sweeps across New Jersey

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey faces a bitter cold day as Arctic air sweeps across the state. Wednesday morning temperatures are well below freezing. Combined with gusty winds, the wind chill makes it feel like it's in the single digits in some parts of the state. Forecasters predict the wind will subside a bit throughout the day. Temperatures are predicted to perk up on Thursday, before another wave of cold air rolls in on Friday.

  • Temperatures drop into teens for 2nd straight day

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) — Temperatures sunk as low as 14 degrees in at least one Georgia town as near-record cold gripped the state for a second straight day. The National Weather Service said the low around 5 a.m. Wednesday was 14 degrees in Cartersville. The northwest Georgia town was among the coldest spots in the state before dawn Wednesday. Temperatures elsewhere in the state ranged from 16 in Rome and Peachtree City to 32 in Brunswick around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Sunny skies, slightly warmer temperatures Tuesday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Temperatures will be slightly warmer in Oklahoma Tuesday. Skies will be sunny.

  • Memorial in Moore, OK, honors 2013 tornado's seven young victims

    BY SARAH LOBBAN, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    A new memorial outside Plaza Towers school in Moore guarantees the seven children who died there in 2013 will be remembered by everyone who passes through the school’s doors.

  • Oklahoma officials advise drivers to cautious on possibly slick roads

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens Monday night in Oklahoma, which means anything that melted would be subject to refreezing after the first wintry storm of the season dropped 1 to 3 inches of snow Sunday.

  • Cold weather continues Monday in Oklahoma but warmer days ahead

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Temperatures are not expected to get over the freezing mark with a high near 32 degrees Monday in central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service reports. Warmer days are ahead this week. The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows: Monday: Sunny with a high near 32. North, northwest wind 9 to 14 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. Monday night: Mostly clear with a low around 18. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 43. West southwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly clear with a low around 31. South, southwest wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 21 mph. Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 49. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph

  • UPDATE: Truck hits utility pole Monday in northwest Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    A truck has hit a utility pole in northwest Oklahoma City Monday. The accident is near NW 61 and N Independence Avenue.

  • Winter weather: Updates on hazardous road conditions

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported slick and hazardous road conditions Monday morning from central Oklahoma through the southwestern corner of the state and that roads are slick in spots in the remainder of the state.

  • Wintry weather ties up Oklahoma City traffic, closes schools

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City metro area received from 1 to 3 inches of snow Sunday, which forecasters expected to refreeze Sunday night, creating minor slick spots on roads for Monday’s drive to work, said Daryl Williams, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Norman.

  • University of Oklahoma students look into weather preparedness among Spanish-speaking residents

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Students in an undergraduate University of Oklahoma class are researching how prepared south Oklahoma City is for weather emergencies. As a part of a year-long project, students are speaking with residents, government agencies and other groups in the area about what emergency warning systems are in place, what services are available and how effective those services are at helping residents after a disaster strikes.