A mammoth winter storm that struck only Monday evening and buried some parts of Colorado under historic record snowfall began to leave the state Tuesday afternoon. It’s headed towards neighboring Nebraska to inflict its snowy misery on the Cornhusker State.
Colorado weathermen, however, are keeping their eyes on a second snowstorm system expected to arrive Friday. They predict a cold and dry Thanksgiving with lots of snow.
Monday’s winter storm dumped historic snowfall on Boulder and Fort Collins, said local TV station CBS4. Weathermen said many areas along the Front Range experienced the most snow in three years. Among these were the community of Drake with 33 inches of snow; Livermore with 32 inches; and Coal Creek Canyon with 30 inches.
Colorado officials reported the highest snow totals took place in the foothills of Boulder and Larimer Counties where snowfall hit 3 feet in some areas. Denver International Airport (DIA) officially reported 7 inches of snow as of 5:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Hundreds of flights to and from DIA were canceled Tuesday as maintenance crews worked feverishly to clear heavy snow from runways. DIA is the largest airport in North America by total land area and the second largest in the world.
More than 1,100 passengers were forced to spend Monday evening at the airport due to the heavy snowstorm, said airport spokeswoman Alex Renteria. She said airport employees handed out blankets, baby formula and diapers to stranded passengers while restaurants stayed open past their usual closing time to serve those stranded.
DIA reported 475 flights cancelled Tuesday. Airport crews deployed snowplows, sand trucks and 20 other types of equipmenty to clear and keep the runways open on Tuesday.
Oddly, and despite the snowstorm, most ski areas in Colorado have seen less snow than Denver and the Front Range. Local media said there is still plenty of fresh powder on the mountains ahead of Thanksgiving.
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You’ve never seen a Thanksgiving like that before.
The Albuquerque area shattered the previous record for snowfall in what was the snowiest Thanksgiving in the city’s history.
And it wasn’t even close.
By mid-day Thursday, there had been 3.9 inches recorded at the Albuquerque International Sunport, which is the city’s official climate site, said Alyssa Clements, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
That measurement far surpassed what had been the previous snowiest Thanksgiving, which was way back in 1934 when the city had 1.5 inches of snow on Thanksgiving, she said.
“We’re easily going to set a new record for Thanksgiving day,” Clements said.
And the airport’s reading was actually one of the lower snowfall accumulations recorded in the city, Clements said.
The entire city was blanketed with 4 to 6 inches of snow. Several places on the West Side recorded 7 inches, she said.
The area around Academy and Tramway had a whopping 8 inches of snowfall by Thanksgiving afternoon. That was the highest recording in city limits.
The last time Albuquerque had a white Thanksgiving was in 2010, when there was a paltry-by-comparison 0.3 of an inch of snow.
Clements said other areas in the state also saw lots of snow.
Sandia Park had between 10 and 12 inches of snow, Glorieta had over 9 inches and Santa Fe had between 6 and 8 inches.
Despite the high amount of snowfall throughout the state, roads conditions stayed relatively good throughout the day. By Thursday afternoon, the New Mexico Department of Transportation had upgraded driving conditions from difficult to fair.
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A powerful snowstorm swept across Colorado and into the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday, blocking roads and causing hundreds of flight cancellations that threatened travel plans for many people hoping to fly or drive to Thanksgiving feasts this week.
The storm dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow in parts of Colorado and buffeted the Denver area with wind gusts of 45 miles per hour (72 kph). Nearly 500 flights were canceled and more than 350 delayed at Denver International Airport by Tuesday afternoon.
“We just landed at the Denver Airport! Crazy conditions. Literally 0 visibility,” Amber Kimbrell, a high school science teacher from Huntsville, Alabama, said in a Twitter message. She posted a photo of a runway covered in white.
Some 55 million travelers planned to fly or drive at least 50 miles (80 km) from their homes for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, according to the American Automobile Association, but the snow will likely alter those plans for many.
“Nothing like starting Thanksgiving break with boarding the plane in the snow, sitting on the tarmac for 2 hours,” Jude Matyo-Cepero, a University of Nebraska professor, wrote on Instagram.
By early Tuesday afternoon, the storm was pushing northeast, with parts of northwest Kansas and western Nebraska reporting snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm), coupled with winds of 50 mph (80 kph), the National Weather Service said.
Treacherous conditions forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 70 from east of Denver to the Kansas state line, and Interstate 76 from Denver northeast to the Nebraska state line, the Colorado Department of Transportation said. Officials advised drivers to stay off the roads, with strong winds creating white-out conditions across the region.
Schools and many retailers in the Denver metropolitan area were closed. But grocery stores, already well-stocked ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, were ready for a deluge of customers.
“So far so good. It doesn’t seem to be impacting us much,” Phil Vanderlaan, a cashier at a Safeway store in Denver, said by phone. “Probably later throughout the day it might.”
A stronger storm was expected to hit Northern California and Oregon by Tuesday night, the weather service said, which may drop 1 feet to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) of snow across mountainous areas.
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Iranian Red Crescent (IRC) has carried out rescues and evacuations after a period of severe including heavy rain, snowfall and cold temperatures that has swept the country since last week.
IRC reported that it has pumped flood water from 95 residential buildings. Over 300 people have been given emergency shelter. In mountainous areas roads have been blocked and IRC have recovered 283 vehicles from the snow.
IRC said relief supplies have been distributed among the affected people in provinces of Isfahan, Bushehr, Tehran, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Zanjan, Semnan, Fars, Ghazvin, Qom, Golestan, Gilan, Lorestan, Mazandaran and Hormozgan.
From initial reports it is not clear which areas have been affected by flooding, however heavy rain was reported in Gilan, Bushehr, Mazandaran and Hormozgan provinces.
Bandar-e Anzali, a city of Gilan Province in northern Iran recorded 118mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 November, according to WMO figures. Babolsar in Mazandaran Province, recorded 66.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 November.
The country has endured a spate of flash floods over the last 2 months. Northern provinces saw deadly floods hit in mid-October and again in early November. Flooding hit southern provinces in early October.
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This #Arctic blast is shattering hundreds of records and causing deadly road conditions. And it’s not over in parts of #USA
Bill Langley tries to clear a blanket of snow Tuesday from the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, Vermont
We’re still 38 days from the official start of winter, but Mother Nature doesn’t care.
Hundreds of million of people were grappling with bone-chilling weather Wednesday as an Arctic blast grips the eastern two-thirds of the US.
“Freeze warnings continue into the Deep South, with freezing temperatures in Florida this morning,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
The widespread bitter cold peaked in the morning, when at 7:45 a.m. ET more than 232 million people were in areas 32 degrees or lower. Hundreds of temperature records were set.
The deep freeze is wreaking havoc on travel and has contributed to at least five deaths.
But there’s a shred of good news: After another frigid night, temperatures will draw closer to normal Thursday.
Treacherous weather likely contributed to fatal crashes in at least two states, authorities said.
In Ohio, a 16-car pileup during a heavy snowfall Tuesday killed a 21-year-old woman, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Several other people were hospitalized after the massive crash.
And in Michigan, three people were killed in a crash Monday during “very poor road conditions,” the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said.
In Chicago, an 80-year-old man died as a result of cardiovascular disease, with cold exposure as a contributing factor, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
The brutal weather has also grounded flights and left passengers stranded.
More than 150 US flights were canceled for Wednesday, according to FlightAware.com.
“Hundreds of cold temperature records have been set over the last few days, including some dating back over a century to 1911,” Hennen said. The freezing temperatures made it as far south as Houston, New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle, he said.
Much of the eastern half of the country will continue below normal temperature-wise through the weekend, but each day will be slightly warmer.
By Thursday morning, the Mid-Atlantic region to Maine could suffer record-low temps, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
The NWS compared this Arctic outbreak to the 1911 “Blue Norther.” Within a day, record-breaking cold temps in the 20s were followed by record-warm temperatures near 80 degrees for much of the Plains to the East Coast.
While this week’s temperatures will rise across much of the country Thursday, they’ll still be 10 to 20 degrees below average, Guy said.
Temperatures that were below zero Tuesday through the Upper Midwest have started to moderate, Hennen added.
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