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Winter storms leave 89 dead across US as chill settles over Great Lakes and Northeast

Winter storms leave 89 dead across US as chill settles over Great Lakes and Northeast

At least 89 people have been killed across the country over the past two weeks as severe weather plagues the United States, according to an updated count by CBS News.

The most winter weather-related deaths have occurred in Tennessee after a truck spun out of control due to snowy conditions, causing it to slam into a tractor-trailer.

The governor of Oregon declared a state of emergency as its state is being pelted with freezing rain and winter storms that have led to fallen trees, massive power outages and at least 16 deaths.

Two adults and one teenager died after a power line fell onto a car in northeast Portland on Wednesday morning following a severe storm in Oregon. Officials also found an uninjured two-year-old on the scene whom they took to the hospital.

Now, several inches of lake-effect snow is hitting the Great Lakes region and northeast US, while arctic temperatures settle over the southeast US.

In Florida, meteorologists say low temperatures could impact wildlife, leading to a rare weather-related phenomenon: falling iguanas.

The severe winter storms have also unleashed travel chaos across the country, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and delays across the country.

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ICYMI: Hypothermia, deadly road conditions kill multiple people in recent days

Wednesday 17 January 2024 09:00 , Katie Hawkinson

At least ten people have died under weather-related circumstances in recent days, according to media reports and local authorities.

In Portland, Oregon, county officials are investigating two possible hypothermia deaths, according to The Portland Tribune, with two more killed over the weekend when trees fell on their homes. And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, three homeless men have been found dead with suspected hypothermia in the freezing cold streets over the past few days.

Meanwhile, dangerous roads are proving fatal in some areas.

In White County, Arkansas, one man died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records.

Officials in Mississippi said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday, while Tennessee reported one more weather-related death without giving any details.

Does this arctic blast mean there is no climate crisis? Absolutely not.

Wednesday 17 January 2024 09:30 , Katie Hawkinson

While arctic winds and snow might seem like quite the change after 2023, the hottest year on global record by a wide margin, it doesn’t actually indicate that global warming is getting better — or that there is no climate crisis.

Cold weather events can and still do occur as our planet warms, even as we approach the 1.5C (2.7F) temperature goal set by the global Paris Agreement to stave off the most harmful consequences of the climate crisis.

In fact, a warming climate can sometimes increase the likelihood of unusual cold weather events.

For example, climate change is responsible for increasing the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation, according to a widely-cited, peer-reviewed study from 2015.

Further, a warmer atmosphere can also hold more water, leading to more rain and snow, according to Climate Signals, a nonprofit that specializes in climate attribution research. New research also indicates a warming Arctic may lead to arctic air outbreaks in the US — just like what we’re seeing today across the country.

While we’re still in the thick of this storm spell and we’re not yet clear on what causes it, we do know this: This month’s storms do not indicate the climate crisis has disappeared.

Ice storms pound Pacific Northwest as death toll climbs across US

Wednesday 17 January 2024 10:10 , Martha Mchardy

Ice storms are pounding the Pacific Northwest amid an arctic blast that has killed up to 14 people across the US.

Heavy mountain snowfall and freezing rain are expected in the Pacific Northwest today, while the East Coast will see a return to more typical Winter temperatures following a brutal cold front.

The National Weather Service has warned that icy conditions could knock out power in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday. Overnight, more than 60,000 people in Oregon were already without power.

The weather service has also warned travelers in the Northwest to be wary of slick and hazardous driving conditions. A quarter-inch of ice could coat surfaces in and around Portland, Oregon, and as much as an inch could accumulate near the Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon-Washington border, the agency said.

Elsewhere, weather alerts are still in place in northern Maine and Buffalo, New York amid ongoing heavy snowfall.

The severe winter storm has unleashed chaos across the country, causing school closures and more than 10,500 flights to be cancelled on Tuesday.

Up to 14 people are suspected to have died as a result of the treacherous conditions in Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

Up to 14 deaths as a result of arctic blast

Wednesday 17 January 2024 10:37 , Martha Mchardy

Up to 14 people are suspected to have died as a result of an arctic blast that has swept across the US in recent days, according to media reports and local authorities.

In Portland, Oregon, county officials are investigating five possible hypothermia deaths, according to The Portland Tribune, with two more killed over the weekend when trees fell on their homes.

One man in White County, Arkansas died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records. Roads throughout the state were unsafe at the time due to snow and ice.

Officials in Mississippi said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday, while Tennessee reported one more weather-related death without giving any details.

And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, three homeless men have been found dead with suspected hypothermia in the freezing cold streets over the past few days.

Meanwhile, a skier was killed by an avalanche in Wyoming.

Winter storm warnings in place over the Cascades and northern Rockies amid snowfall

Wednesday 17 January 2024 11:21 , Martha Mchardy

Winter storm warnings are in place over the Cascades and northern Rockies, the National Weather Service has said.

Up to three feet of snow could fall over the Cascades through Thursday afternoon and up to two feet are expected in higher elevation areas in the northern parts of Washington, Idaho and Montana by late Thursday morning.

More than 9,000 flights cancelled and schools closed amid severe weather

Wednesday 17 January 2024 11:25 , Martha Mchardy

As of Thursday morning, 9,091 flights are cancelled in the US, according to tracking website FlightAware.

The severe winter storms have unleashed chaos across the country, causing school closures and more than 10,500 flights to be cancelled on Tuesday.

Classes have been canceled for millions of students from Portland to Chicago to Denver to Dallas to Baltimore. Many schools already canceled classes for Wednesday as well.

Brief reprieve from brutal cold temperatures expected today before Arctic Blast returns

Wednesday 17 January 2024 11:45 , Martha Mchardy

A brief reprieve from the brutal cold temperatures that have swept across the US in recent days is expected today before the Arctic Blast returns.

The National Weather Service has warned that the Northern and Central Plains could experience below average temperatures from Thursday as the Arctic Blast moves southwards.

The cold front will then move into the Southern US on Friday, the weather service added.

Freezing rain will also continue to affect Oregon.

It will follow a warmer day in southern Texas and along the Gulf Coast today where temperatures will return to the 60s and 70s by Thursday.

“Although this surge of Arctic air does not look quite as extreme as the first, bitterly cold temperatures are still possible portions the Central Plains this weekend,” the NWS said.

Snow warnings still in place for Maine, Mississippi, and New York.

Wednesday 17 January 2024 12:05 , Martha Mchardy

Weather alerts are still in place in northern Maine, Mississippi, and Buffalo, New York, amid ongoing heavy snowfall

Winter weather alerts were still in place early Wednesday morning in Maine following snowfall and flooding in the state.

Maine State Police warned travelers to be cautious after two tractor-trailer accidents and a car rollover were reported Tuesday on snow-covered highways.

Meanwhile, lake-effect snow will continue to affect Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service.

Between one and three feet of snow is expected to fall in the region through Thursday night.

In Buffalo, New York, which saw heavy snowfall over the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday, lake effect snow warnings are in effect until Thursday night.

The surrounding area could see one to three feet of localized snowfall and wind gusts up to 40 mph. “Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commutes,” the weather service warned.

Lake Effect snow happens when cold air moves across the open, unfrozen waters of the Great Lakes, creating narrow bands that produce two to three inches of snow per hour or more.

Watch: Truck hauled out of snow as extreme cold hits New York

Wednesday 17 January 2024 12:30 , Martha Mchardy

In pictures: Washington

Wednesday 17 January 2024 12:53 , Martha Mchardy

Snow blankets the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 16 (AFP via Getty Images)
Snow blankets the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 16 (AFP via Getty Images)
People carry sleds up a hill by the US Capitol in Washington, DC (AFP via Getty Images)
People carry sleds up a hill by the US Capitol in Washington, DC (AFP via Getty Images)
The North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC (AFP via Getty Images)
The North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC (AFP via Getty Images)
A snowman is built in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall after a snowfall in Washington (REUTERS)
A snowman is built in front of the Washington Monument on the National Mall after a snowfall in Washington (REUTERS)

Driving ban in place near Buffalo after heavy snowfall

Wednesday 17 January 2024 13:23 , Martha Mchardy

A driving ban has been put in place for towns to the south and east of Buffalo, New York, this morning after about six inches fell overnight due to lake effect snow.

The towns of Hamburg, Orchard Park, West Seneca, Lancaster and Cheektowaga, including all surrounding villages, and the city of Lackawanna are all covered by the ban

A travel advisory is also in place across Erie County.

Six confirmed dead in Tennessee in weather-related incidents

Wednesday 17 January 2024 13:28 , Martha Mchardy

Six people have died in Tennessee in weather-related incidents, the state’s Emergency Management Agency said last night.

Two people died in Shelby County, one in Hickman County, one in Madison County and two in Washington County. No more details were released on the identities of the dead nor the causes of the deaths.

This brings the total number of people who are suspected to have died in weather-related incidents up to 19.

A state of emergency was declared across Tennessee on 13 January It is not scheduled to be lifted until 27 January.

People across the state have been urged by authorities to reduce electricity use where possible and turn thermostats down to 68 degrees or lower.

Some locations across Middle Tennessee fell below -10 degrees overnight, the state’s branch of the NWS said, while a record 6.3 inches of snow fell in Nashville on on Monday, higher than the average yearly snow total for the city from 1991 to 2020 of 4.7 inches.

State of emergency declared in Oregon county

Wednesday 17 January 2024 13:31 , Martha Mchardy

A state of emergency has been declared in Oregon county after it was hit severely by winter weather.

“Lane County has suffered extensive damage as a result of the winter storm conditions that we’re seeing across Oregon,” Governor Tina Kotek said in a statement. “This emergency declaration will support the county in accessing critical federal resources to aid in reconstruction and recovery efforts.”

In Portland, Oregon, county officials are investigating five possible hypothermia deaths, according to The Portland Tribune, with two more killed over the weekend when trees fell on their homes.

Ten million residents in Tennessee urged to reduce consumption amid extreme cold

Wednesday 17 January 2024 13:45 , Martha Mchardy

Ten million residents in Tennessee have been urged to conserve energy as the demand for electricity skyrockets to record levels amid extreme cold.

The Tennessee Valley Authority said it was asking customers to “be aware of their power consumption” between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET).

“Extremely cold temperatures and near-zero wind chill cause an increase in power demand for heating over an extended period of time for more than 10 million people across the TVA seven-state region,” the company said.

No, this month’s winter storms does not mean the climate crisis isn’t real

Wednesday 17 January 2024 14:00 , Martha Mchardy

While arctic winds and snow might seem like quite the change after 2023, the hottest year on global record by a wide margin, this month’s weather patterns don’t indicate that global warming is getting better — or that there is no climate crisis.

Cold weather events can and still do occur as our planet warms, even as we approach the 1.5C (2.7F) temperature goal set by the global Paris Agreement to prevent the most harmful consequences of the climate crisis.

In fact, a warming climate can sometimes increase the likelihood of unusual cold weather events.

For example, climate change is responsible for increasing the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation, according to a widely-cited, peer-reviewed study from 2015.

Further, a warmer atmosphere can also hold more water, leading to more rain and snow, according to Climate Signals, a nonprofit that specializes in climate attribution research. New research also indicates a warming Arctic may lead to arctic air outbreaks in the US — just like what we’re seeing today across the country.

While we’re not yet clear on how climate change has impacted this specific storm spell, we do know this: This month’s storms do not indicate the climate crisis has disappeared.

Winter Storm Indigo Brings quarter-inch of ice to Portland, Oregon

Wednesday 17 January 2024 14:48 , Katie Hawkinson

Winter Storm Indigo has brought ice and snow to the Pacific Northwest and will continue to travel east this week, The Weather Channel reports.

Portland, Oregon is covered in a quarter-inch of ice, and more than 80,000 customers are without power as of Wednesday morning, according to PowerOutage.us.

Storm Indigo will travel east and bring even more snowfall from Washington DC to New York later this week, The Weather Channel forecasts.

Brief reprieve from brutal cold temperatures expected today before Arctic Blast returns

Wednesday 17 January 2024 15:14 , Katie Hawkinson

Wednesday will bring a brief reprieve from arctic temperatures before they return later this week.

The National Weather Service has warned that the Northern and Central Plains could experience below-average temperatures from Thursday as the Arctic Blast moves southwards. The cold front will then move into the Southern US on Friday, the weather service added.

It will follow a warmer day in southern Texas and along the Gulf Coast today where temperatures will return to the 60s and 70s by Thursday.

“Although this surge of Arctic air does not look quite as extreme as the first, bitterly cold temperatures are still possible portions the Central Plains this weekend,” the NWS said.

SEE IT: Winter storm downs trees in Oregon

Wednesday 17 January 2024 15:46 , Katie Hawkinson

Portland, Oregon is underneath a quarter-inch of ice as an ice-storm continues to hit the Pacific Northwest through Wednesday. More than 75,000 people in the state are without power as of Wednesday morning, according to PowerOutage.us.

A tree rests on the roof of a Lake Oswego, Oregon home after falling during a winter storm on 16 January 2024 (AP)
A tree rests on the roof of a Lake Oswego, Oregon home after falling during a winter storm on 16 January 2024 (AP)
A man clears trees that fell in his front yard following a winter storm in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024 (AP)
A man clears trees that fell in his front yard following a winter storm in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024 (AP)
A tree rests on a home in Lake Oswego, Oregon after falling during a storm on 16 January 2024 (AP)
A tree rests on a home in Lake Oswego, Oregon after falling during a storm on 16 January 2024 (AP)

New York, Connecticut could see up to 5 inches of snow Friday: NWS

Wednesday 17 January 2024 16:15 , Katie Hawkinson

Parts of New York — including New York City — and Connecticut could see up to 5 inches of snow Friday, per the National Weather Service (NWS).

1-3 inches of snow are likely, while 4-5 inches is the reasonable worst-case scenario, according to NWS officials.

Meanwhile, another arctic blast will hit the region over the weekend, bringing possible sub-zero wind chill temperatures. Under those conditions, the NWS warns frostbite could occur within just 30 minutes.

A 17 January 2024 infographic from the National Weather Service for New York (National Weather Service)
A 17 January 2024 infographic from the National Weather Service for New York (National Weather Service)

ICYMI: Deadly winter storms exposed 112-year-old shipwreck in Maine

Wednesday 17 January 2024 16:45 , Katie Hawkinson

Amid flooding, snow and freezing rain across the US, treacherous weather in Maine brought a rare glimpse of a 112-year-old shipwreck at Acadia National Park.

The two-masted sailing schooner named “Tay” ran aground on Mount Desert Island in July 1911 when it struck a ledge during a storm, resulting in the death of the ship’s cook, according to an article in the Bar Harbor Record at the time.

The Tay quickly broke into pieces and a large portion of the ship’s cargo was washed ashore by the waves as its Captain I.W. Scott tried unsuccessfully to make it to harbor. But last week, following storms across the country, part of the shipwreck was brought to the surface, washing up on Mount Desert Island’s Sand Beach after being buried for decades.

Martha McHardy has more:

Deadly winter storms expose 112-year-old shipwreck

Satellite footage shows lake effect clouds forming over Lake Michigan

Wednesday 17 January 2024 17:15 , Katie Hawkinson

Stunning satellite footage from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University shows lake effect clouds forming over Lake Michigan on Tuesday.

Lake-effect snow falls when cold air from Canada moves across the Great Lakes, forming clouds that can produce two to three inches of snow per hour. Yesterday’s clouds, pictured in the satellite footage, blew over parts of Michigan and western New York, bringing several inches of snow to the region.

Two tornadoes touched down in Florida on Monday

Wednesday 17 January 2024 17:53 , Katie Hawkinson

Two tornadoes touched down in southeast Florida on Monday, local outlet WPBF reports.

While only minor damages have been reported, according to WPBF, the tornadoes come after a devastating storm last week. Several tornadoes touched down throughout the state during Storm Finn, causing widespread damage to the Florida panhandle.

One of Monday’s tornadoes touched down in Stuart, Florida near a major roadway, according to footage captured by a driver, per WeatherNation.

At least 14 deaths attributed to extreme weather in the US in recent days

Wednesday 17 January 2024 18:26 , Katie Hawkinson

14 people are suspected to have died as a result of an arctic blast that has swept across the US in recent days, according to media reports and local authorities.

In Portland, Oregon, county officials are investigating five possible hypothermia deaths, according to The Portland Tribune, with two more killed over the weekend when trees fell on their homes.

One man in White County, Arkansas died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records. Roads throughout the state were unsafe at the time due to snow and ice.

Officials in Mississippi said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday, while Tennessee reported one more weather-related death without giving any details.

And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, three homeless men have been found dead with suspected hypothermia in the freezing cold streets over the past few days.

Meanwhile, a skier was killed by a 50-foot avalanche in Wyoming on Tuesday, CBS News reports, while the state was facing -40F (-40C) wind chills and winter weather advisories. This also marked the third avalanche-related death in the western US this year.

Road, air travel chaos continues in the US

Wednesday 17 January 2024 19:00 , Katie Hawkinson

For the second week in a row, US airports are facing widespread delays and cancellations, while drivers nationwide face dangerous ice and snow.

More than 3,000 flights into, out of or within the US have been delayed so far today, with another 1,000 cancelled. This comes as no surprise and is in line with air travel trends since Winter Storm Finn first struck the US ten days ago.

Road travel isn’t proving to be a better alternative either, with ice and snow creating dangerous — and sometimes fatal — conditions for drivers.

One man in White County, Arkansas died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records. Roads throughout the state were unsafe at the time due to snow and ice.

Officials in Mississippi said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday, while Tennessee reported one more weather-related death without giving any details.

Road travel is also particularly precarious in the Pacific Northwest, where a quarter-inch of ice is covering Portland, Oregon and downed trees are scattered across the region.

In several states, officials are warning residents to use caution on the roads and to even stay home if possible.

At least 24 deaths have been linked to winter weather in recent days

Wednesday 17 January 2024 19:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials across the US have reported at least 24 weather-related deaths in recent days as arctic temperatures and heavy snow blow across the nation.

In Portland, Oregon, arctic cold and downed trees have killed at least eight people, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

One man in White County, Arkansas died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records. Roads throughout the state were unsafe at the time due to snow and ice.

Three storm-related deaths were reported in Erie County, New York, officials told local outlet WIVB. A 64-year-old man died while shovelling snow, while a 57-year-old woman was found dead near her snowblower. A third man died following a hit-and-run car crash on Monday.

Meanwhile, seven people are dead in Tennessee after extreme winter weather hit the state earlier this week, The Tennesseean reports.

Officials in Mississippi said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday.

And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, three homeless men have been found dead with suspected hypothermia in the freezing cold streets over the past few days.

Meanwhile, a skier was killed by a 50-foot avalanche in Wyoming on Tuesday, CBS News reports, while the state was facing -40F (-40C) wind chills and winter weather advisories. This also marked the third avalanche-related death in the western US this year.

72,000 still without power in Oregon as downed trees, ice wreak havoc on the state

Wednesday 17 January 2024 20:10 , Katie Hawkinson

Winter Storm Indigo has brought ice and snow to the Pacific Northwest and will continue to travel east this week, The Weather Channel reports.

Portland, Oregon is covered in a quarter-inch of ice, and more than 70,000 customers are without power as of Wednesday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.us. Downed trees have also caused property damage, downed power lines, and even fatalities in some areas.

Storm Indigo will travel east and bring even more snowfall from Washington DC to New York later this week, The Weather Channel forecasts.

A downed tree rests on top of a house in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024. (AP)
A downed tree rests on top of a house in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024. (AP)

Iowans can expect dry snow, strong winds later this week

Wednesday 17 January 2024 20:45 , Katie Hawkinson

Iowa residents should expect 1-2 inches of dry snow and winds up to 30 miles-per-hour starting Thursday and going into Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Dry snow can easily be blown by wind, causing potential whiteouts and dangerous driving conditions.

This forecast comes as the state winds down from the Republican caucuses on Monday, when temperatures were below freezing with windchills. The Iowa caucus saw its lowest turnout in more than a decade, likely in part due to the extreme winter weather.

ICYMI: Watch as truck hauled out of snow in New York amid extreme cold

Wednesday 17 January 2024 21:15 , Katie Hawkinson

ICYMI: No, this month’s winter storms do not indicate climate change isn’t real

Wednesday 17 January 2024 21:45 , Katie Hawkinson

While arctic winds and snow might seem like quite the change after 2023, the hottest year on global record by a wide margin, this month’s weather patterns don’t indicate that global warming is getting better — or that there is no climate crisis.

Cold weather events can and still do occur as our planet warms, even as we approach the 1.5C (2.7F) temperature goal set by the global Paris Agreement to prevent the most harmful consequences of the climate crisis.

In fact, a warming climate can sometimes increase the likelihood of unusual cold weather events.

For example, climate change is responsible for increasing the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation, according to a widely-cited, peer-reviewed study from 2015.

Further, a warmer atmosphere can also hold more water, leading to more rain and snow, according to Climate Signals, a nonprofit that specializes in climate attribution research. New research also indicates a warming Arctic may lead to arctic air outbreaks in the US — just like what we’re seeing today across the country.

While we’re not yet clear on how climate change has impacted this specific storm spell, we do know this: This month’s storms do not indicate the climate crisis has disappeared.

SEE IT: Stunning satellite imagery shows arctic storm over Pacific Northwest

Wednesday 17 January 2024 22:24 , Katie Hawkinson

Satellite imagery from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University shows Winter Storm Indigo swirling above the Pacific Northwest.

The storm brought a quarter-inch of ice to Portland and downed trees across the region. Arctic cold and downed trees have killed at least eight people, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

The storm will now move east and is expected to bring several inches of snow to the northeast, from Washington DC to New York.

Three killed, one injured by downed power line in Oregon

Wednesday 17 January 2024 22:49 , Katie Hawkinson

A downed power line killed three people and injured a two-year-old in Portland, Oregon.

Rescuers responded to reports of the downed line Wednesday morning, the Portland Fire and Rescue spokesperson Rick Graves told Oregon Live. Officials found three people and a child on the ground outside of a car when they arrived, the outlet reported.

A fallen branch hit the powerline and sent it crashing into the car, Mr Graves told Oregon Live.

Ground temperatures matched cloud temperatures in a rare moment this week

Wednesday 17 January 2024 23:00 , Katie Hawkinson

In a rare event, ground temperatures in the interior of North America were similar to cloud top temperatures, according to Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.

That rarity came amid a blast of arctic air in the Pacific Northwest and midwest earlier this week.

At least 24 dead due to winter weather across the nation in recent days

Thursday 18 January 2024 00:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials across the US have reported at least 27 weather-related deaths in recent days as arctic temperatures and heavy snow blow across the nation.

In Portland, Oregon, hyopthermia from the arctic cold and downed trees have killed at least eight people, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. A downed power line also killed three people and injured a two-year-old in Portland, according to Oregon Live.

And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, three homeless men have been found dead with suspected hypothermia in the freezing cold streets.

Once wind chills hit below -25F (-31C) — as they did in several states across the country this week — hypothermia can occur within just 15 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, seven people are dead in Tennessee after extreme winter weather hit the state earlier this week, The Tennesseeanreports.

Driving has also proven particularly dangerous throughout the country.

One man in White County, Arkansas died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records. Roads throughout the state were unsafe at the time due to snow and ice. Officials in Mississippi said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday.

Three storm-related deaths were also reported in Erie County, New York, officials told local outlet WIVB. A 64-year-old man died while shovelling snow, while a 57-year-old woman was found dead near her snowblower. A third man died following a hit-and-run car crash on Monday.

Meanwhile, a skier was killed by a 50-foot avalanche in Wyoming on Tuesday, CBS News reports, while the state was facing -40F (-40C) wind chills and winter weather advisories. This also marked the third avalanche-related death in the western US this year.

SEE IT: Downed trees in Oregon following arctic blast

Thursday 18 January 2024 01:00 , Katie Hawkinson

An arctic storm hit Portland, Oregon earlier this week, putting the city underneath a quarter-inch of ice. More than 60,000 people in the state are without power as of Wednesday evening, according to PowerOutage.us, and at least eight people have died under weather-related circumstances in the state.

A tree rests on the roof of a Lake Oswego, Oregon home after falling during a winter storm on 16 January 2024 (AP)
A tree rests on the roof of a Lake Oswego, Oregon home after falling during a winter storm on 16 January 2024 (AP)
Downed trees pictured in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024 (Copyright 2024, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Downed trees pictured in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024 (Copyright 2024, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
A downed tree rests on top of a home in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024 (AP)
A downed tree rests on top of a home in Lake Oswego, Oregon on 16 January 2024 (AP)

Winter Storm Indigo to bring snow, ice across country

Thursday 18 January 2024 02:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Winter Storm Indigo, which just hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this week, will now track snow and ice across the US, The Weather Channel reports.

As it moves, the storm could produce snowfall in the midwest and northeast beginning Thursday. The south may see snow and freezing rain as well, The Weather Channel forecasts.

East coast residents from Washington, DC to New York can also expect a few more inches of snow once Indigo reaches them on Thursday evening into Friday.

Brief reprieve from brutal cold temperatures ends today ahead of Arctic Blast return

Thursday 18 January 2024 03:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Wednesday brought a brief reprieve from arctic temperatures before meteorologists predict their return on Thursday.

The National Weather Service has warned that the Northern and Central Plains could experience below-average temperatures from Thursday as the Arctic Blast moves southwards. The cold front will then move into the Southern US on Friday, the weather service added.

It will follow a warmer day in southern Texas and along the Gulf Coast today where temperatures will return to the 60s and 70s by Thursday.

“Although this surge of Arctic air does not look quite as extreme as the first, bitterly cold temperatures are still possible portions the Central Plains this weekend,” the NWS said.

ICYMI: Satellite footage shows lake effect clouds forming over Lake Michigan

Thursday 18 January 2024 04:01 , Katie Hawkinson

Stunning satellite footage from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University shows lake effect clouds forming over Lake Michigan on Tuesday.

Lake-effect snow falls when cold air from Canada moves across the Great Lakes, forming clouds that can produce two to three inches of snow per hour. Yesterday’s clouds, pictured in the satellite footage, blew over parts of Michigan and western New York, bringing several inches of snow to the region.

ICYMI: New York, Connecticut could see up to 5 inches of snow Friday

Thursday 18 January 2024 05:01 , Katie Hawkinson

Parts of New York — including New York City — and Connecticut could see up to 5 inches of snow Friday, per the National Weather Service (NWS).

1-3 inches of snow are likely, while 4-5 inches is the reasonable worst-case scenario, according to NWS officials.

Meanwhile, another arctic blast will hit the region over the weekend, bringing possible sub-zero wind chill temperatures. Under those conditions, the NWS warns frostbite could occur within just 30 minutes.

A 17 January 2024 infographic from the National Weather Service for New York (National Weather Service)
A 17 January 2024 infographic from the National Weather Service for New York (National Weather Service)

ICYMI: Winter storm in Maine exposed 112-year-old shipwreck over the weekend

Thursday 18 January 2024 06:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Amid flooding, snow and freezing rain across the US, treacherous weather in Maine brought a rare glimpse of a 112-year-old shipwreck at Acadia National Park.

The two-masted sailing schooner named “Tay” ran aground on Mount Desert Island in July 1911 when it struck a ledge during a storm, resulting in the death of the ship’s cook, according to an article in the Bar Harbor Record at the time.

The Tay quickly broke into pieces and a large portion of the ship’s cargo was washed ashore by the waves as its Captain I.W. Scott tried unsuccessfully to make it to harbor. But last week, following storms across the country, part of the shipwreck was brought to the surface, washing up on Mount Desert Island’s Sand Beach after being buried for decades.

Martha McHardy has more on the fascinating sight:

Deadly winter storms expose 112-year-old shipwreck

ICYMI: Ground temperatures matched cloud temperatures in a rare moment this week

Thursday 18 January 2024 07:00 , Katie Hawkinson

In a rare event, ground temperatures in the interior of North America were similar to cloud top temperatures, according to Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.

That rarity came amid a blast of arctic air in the Pacific Northwest and midwest earlier this week.

Watch as truck hauled out of snow in New York amid extreme cold

Thursday 18 January 2024 08:00 , Katie Hawkinson

ICYMI: Two tornadoes touched down in Florida earlier this week

Thursday 18 January 2024 09:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Two tornadoes touched down in southeast Florida on Monday, local outlet WPBF reports.

While only minor damages have been reported, according to WPBF, the tornadoes came after several tornadoes touched down throughout the state last week during Storm Finn, causing widespread damage to the Florida panhandle.

One of Monday’s tornadoes touched down in Stuart, Florida near a major roadway, according to footage captured by a driver, per WeatherNation.

Three people killed after power line falls on car amid Oregon storms

Thursday 18 January 2024 12:31 , Martha Mchardy

Three people have died after a power line fell onto a car in Northeast Portland on Wednesday morning following a severe storm in Oregon.

Firefighters were called to reports of a “person on fire” just before 11:45 am on Wednesday, officials said, where they found three people and a small child lying in the street.

The four people were found around 35 feet from an SUV which had a powerline draped over it that had been pinned down by a large tree branch, fire officials added.

Two adults and a teenager were electrocuted after a tree and a power line fell on a truck in Oregon (KPTV)
Two adults and a teenager were electrocuted after a tree and a power line fell on a truck in Oregon (KPTV)
Scene of two adults and a teenager were electrocuted after a tree and a power line fell on a truck outside a Portland, Oregon home (KPTV)
Scene of two adults and a teenager were electrocuted after a tree and a power line fell on a truck outside a Portland, Oregon home (KPTV)

Officials said two adults and one teenager were found dead at the scene, while a two-year-old was taken to the hospital without injuries.

Fire department officials added that callers reported that someone grabbed the small child off of one of the adults on the ground before a nearby resident came outside with the child when fire crews arrived.

Spokesperson Rick Graves said a branch had fallen on a power line, causing it to fall onto an SUV.

Officials suspect that the people were frightened and attempted to leave the car, but were electrocuted after they got out of the vehicle.

The power company later de-energized the line, a statement added without specifying which company.

Do not go near downed wires, says official after three die in Oregon

Thursday 18 January 2024 13:25 , Martha Mchardy

An official in Oregon has warned that people should not go near downed power lines after three people were killed in the region on Wednesday.

Officials said two adults and one teenager were found dead after a fallen branch caused a power line to fall on their car.

Investigators suspect that the people were frightened and attempted to leave the car, but were electrocuted after they got out of the vehicle.

Spokesperson Rick Graves said if a powerline comes down on a vehicle, occupants should stay inside and call 911 unless there is “imminent danger.”

The car’s rubber tires will block the current, he added.

“In all likelihood, had they stayed in the vehicle, we might not have been having this conversation,” Mr Graves continued.

Another Arctic blast expected late this week

Thursday 18 January 2024 13:45 , Martha Mchardy

Another Arctic blast is expected late this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Storm Indigo will continue to travel east this week, The Weather Channel reported, bringing up to five inches of snow to New York later this week.

The NWS has also warned that another frigid Arctic airmass will bring temperatures 20-30 degrees below normal to the east of the country.

In the meantime, the East Coast will see a return to more typical Winter temperatures following a brutal cold front earlier in the week.

In pictures: Oregon

Thursday 18 January 2024 13:55 , Martha Mchardy

Icicles hang from a railing on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in Lake Oswego (AP)
Icicles hang from a railing on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in Lake Oswego (AP)
Ice covers flowers on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in Lake Oswego, Oregon (AP)
Ice covers flowers on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in Lake Oswego, Oregon (AP)
Ice covers a plant in Oregon (AP)
Ice covers a plant in Oregon (AP)
Icicles hang on a vehicle in Oregon (AP)
Icicles hang on a vehicle in Oregon (AP)
Icicles hang by a snowflake on a string light (AP)
Icicles hang by a snowflake on a string light (AP)

In pictures: Buffalo, New York

Thursday 18 January 2024 14:15 , Martha Mchardy

Snow falls in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP)
Snow falls in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP)
Footprints appear on a residential street after at least 18 inches of new snow fell overnight on Tuesday in Buffalo (AP)
Footprints appear on a residential street after at least 18 inches of new snow fell overnight on Tuesday in Buffalo (AP)
Patrick Sahr shovels snow in Buffalo, N.Y (AP)
Patrick Sahr shovels snow in Buffalo, N.Y (AP)

Snow Storm in NYC and Washington expected on Friday

Thursday 18 January 2024 14:30 , Martha Mchardy

A fast-moving storm will drop snow from New York to Washington on Friday.

Between one and three inches of snow is likely in New York, while four to five inches is the reasonable worst-case scenario, according to NWS officials.

Meanwhile, two inches of snow is expected in Washington DC.

The system will also fuel storms on the eastern sides of lakes Michigan, Erie and Ontario.

The White House is seen on a snowy day in Washington, DC, on January 16 (AFP via Getty Images)
The White House is seen on a snowy day in Washington, DC, on January 16 (AFP via Getty Images)

Lake effect snow warnings are in place in Buffalo, where an additional eight to 14 inches could fall in narrow bands east of Lake Erie.

North of Lake Ontario, as much as 22 inches could fall.

In New York City, the snow will last through the day on Friday before tapering off overnight. It will be followed by a clod blast before temperatures return to normal levels next week.

Thursday 18 January 2024 15:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Three people have died after a power line fell onto a car in northeast Portland on Wednesday morning following a severe storm in Oregon.

Firefighters were called to reports of a “person on fire” just before 11.45 am on Wednesday near the intersection of Northeast 122nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street, officials said, where they found three people and a small child lying in the street.

The four people were found around 35 feet from an SUV which had a powerline draped over it that had been pinned down by a large tree branch, fire officials added.

Officials said two adults and one teenager were found dead at the scene, while a two-year-old was taken to the hospital without injuries.

Martha McHardy has more on the tragic incident:

Three people killed after power line falls on car amid Oregon storms

New York City will see arctic temperatures this weekend: NWS

Thursday 18 January 2024 15:20 , Katie Hawkinson

New York City residents can expect 1-3 inches of snow — or 4-5 inches in the reasonable worst-case scenario — on Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Afterwards, an arctic air mass will travel to the region, bringing wind chills that could approach 0F (-17C) through Sunday. At those temperatures, frostbite could set in within half-an-hour.

Washington, DC may see up to 2 inches of snow Friday morning

Thursday 18 January 2024 15:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Washington, DC and nearby Baltimore could see up to 2 inches of snow on Friday morning, the National Weather Service forecasts.

That precipitation could bring more closures to the region as the NWS warns of a hazardous commute tomorrow morning. Earlier this week, several nearby school districts closed and federal offices shut down for the day for the time in two years after about 3 inches of snow blanketed the capital.

The National Weather Service warns of a hazardous commute on Friday morning for Washington, DC residents (National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service warns of a hazardous commute on Friday morning for Washington, DC residents (National Weather Service)

Oregon recovering from damaging ice storm

Thursday 18 January 2024 16:13 , Katie Hawkinson

This week’s ice storm in Oregon resulted in four times as many calls to Portland Fire and Rescue, Rick Graves, public information officer with Portland Fire & Rescue, told Fox Weather.

“That ice is weighing down, be it power lines to trees or branches of trees and causing significant issues,” Mr Graves told the outlet. “The myriad of emergencies that our organization is responding to is continuous and it’s widespread.”

Three people were killed and an injured two-year-old was taken to the hospital after a downed power line fell onto a car yesterday in Portland.

Meanwhile, trees toppled by ice accumulation fell onto houses and caused widespread property damage. 40,000 people are still without power from this week’s storm, according to PowerOutage.us.

Three people died after a downed power line fell onto their car in Portland, Oregon (KPTV)
Three people died after a downed power line fell onto their car in Portland, Oregon (KPTV)

ICYMI: Ground temperatures matched cloud temperatures in a rare moment this week

Thursday 18 January 2024 17:03 , Katie Hawkinson

In a rare event, ground temperatures in the interior of North America were similar to cloud top temperatures, according to Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University.

That rarity came amid a blast of arctic air in the Pacific Northwest and midwest earlier this week.

How can you protect yourself from winter weather dangers?

Thursday 18 January 2024 17:30 , Katie Hawkinson

An arctic blast brought sub-zero wind chills to much of the country this week, posing various hazards and dangers to impacted communities.

Several deaths from hypothermia have been reported across the US, and cold temperatures can mean dangerous, icy roads for travellers.

Extreme cold also disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations, such as infants, the elderly, people with a chronic illness, outdoor workers, and unhoused people, according to the National Weather Service.

Read more from Juan A. Lozano on what public safety officials say you can do to keep yourself safe:

How can you protect yourself from winter weather dangers? Experts offer tips

Mid-South to see wintry precipitation and dangerous road conditions today

Thursday 18 January 2024 18:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Wintry precipitation is set to hit the mid-South today, particularly impacting Tennesee and Kentucky.

That could mean both snow and freezing for the region as temperatures hover just below freezing. Officials are warning residents to stay off the roads when possible.

“If you must go out today, we recommend doing so this morning before the wintry mix arrives this afternoon,” officials with the Nashville, Tennessee National Weather Service posted on X. “Freezing rain is not something to try to drive with! Plus, many secondary roads still have snow from the previous system.”

The winter weather has already contributed to several deaths in the region.

Seven people are dead in Tennessee after extreme winter weather hit the state earlier this week, The Tennesseean reported.

One man in White County, Arkansas died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records. Roads throughout the state were unsafe at the time due to snow and ice. Officials in Mississippi also said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday.

The region should expect some relief by early next week as temperatures climb into the 40s and 50s, officials with the Louisville, Kentucky National Weather Service said.

Air travel chaos appears to alleviate this week

Thursday 18 January 2024 18:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Air travel has been a disaster for people flying into, out of or within the US over the past several days as winter storms hit nearly every region of the US.

However, yesterday’s delays and cancellations were at their lowest in several days. On Wednesday, only 6,131 flights into, out of or within the US were delayed while 1,189 were cancelled, according to FlightAware. Those numbers are an improvement from earlier this week when travellers were impacted by 20,000 delays and nearly 6,000 cancellations across Monday and Tuesday.

But with another round of snow to hit the midwest and northeast this Friday, both air and road travel conditions could very well drop again this weekend.

ICYMI: Keep away from downed power lines, official says after three die in Oregon

Thursday 18 January 2024 19:00 , Katie Hawkinson

An official in Oregon has warned that people should not go near downed power lines after three people were killed in the region on Wednesday.

Portland Fire and Rescue spokesperson Rick Graves said if a powerline comes down on a vehicle, occupants should stay inside and call 911 unless there is “imminent danger.”

The car’s rubber tires will block the current, he added.

“In all likelihood, had they stayed in the vehicle, we might not have been having this conversation,” Mr Graves continued.

An ice storm that left Portland covered in a quarter-inch of ice caused power lines to fall and trees to topple throughout the region, causing fatalities, property damage and dangerous road conditions.

A tree rests on top of a house after it fell during an ice storm in Lake Oswego, Oregon earlier this week (AP)
A tree rests on top of a house after it fell during an ice storm in Lake Oswego, Oregon earlier this week (AP)

Highest and lowest temperatures in the US yesterday were more than 100 degrees apart

Thursday 18 January 2024 19:36 , Katie Hawkinson

The lowest and highest temperatures recorded in the US on Wednesday morning were 111 degrees apart, according to the National Weather Service.

Monticello, Kentucky hit -22F (-30C) yesterday morning, while Atlantis, Florida hit 89F (31C).

An infographic from the National Weather Service showing the low and high temperatures on 17 January 2024 (National Weather Service)
An infographic from the National Weather Service showing the low and high temperatures on 17 January 2024 (National Weather Service)

See stunning satellite footage of ice storm over Pacific Northwest

Thursday 18 January 2024 20:00 , Katie Hawkinson

A winter storm blew across the Pacific Northwest earlier this week, covering Portland, Oregon in a quarter-inch of ice.

Now, stunning satellite imagery from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University shows the storm’s path across the western US.

Oregon power outages improving following disastrous ice storm

Thursday 18 January 2024 20:30 , Katie Hawkinson

37,000 people are without power in Oregon as of Thursday afternoon following a powerful ice storm that hit the state earlier this week, according to PowerOutage.us.

This marks a stark improvement from earlier this week when more than 80,000 people were without power. Accumulating ice caused trees to topple into power lines, as well as power poles to collapse.

Complications from the storm killed several people, including three who died after exiting their car when a power line fell on top of it.

ICYMI: At least 27 dead due to winter weather across the nation in recent days

Thursday 18 January 2024 21:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials across the US have reported at least 27 weather-related deaths in recent days as arctic temperatures and heavy snow blow across the nation.

In Portland, Oregon, hypothermia from the arctic cold and downed trees have killed at least eight people, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports. A downed power line also killed three people in Portland, according to Oregon Live. It was previously reported a 2-year-old was also injured in the incident. However, they were uninjured and taken to a nearby hospital.

And in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, three unhoused men have been found dead with suspected hypothermia in the freezing cold streets.

Once wind chills hit below -25F (-31C) — as they did in several states across the country this week — hypothermia can occur within just 15 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, seven people are dead in Tennessee after extreme winter weather hit the state earlier this week, The Tennesseean reports.

Driving has also proven particularly dangerous throughout the country.

One man in White County, Arkansas died after crossing the centre lane while driving and crashing into a tree on Sunday, according to police records. Roads throughout the state were unsafe at the time due to snow and ice. Officials in Mississippi said that one person had died while driving on Highway 49 just south of Silver City at around 8 pm local time on Sunday.

Three storm-related deaths were also reported in Erie County, New York, officials told local outlet WIVB. A 64-year-old man died while shovelling snow, while a 57-year-old woman was found dead near her snowblower. A third man died following a hit-and-run car crash on Monday.

Meanwhile, a skier was killed by a 50-foot avalanche in Wyoming on Tuesday, CBS News reports, while the state was facing -40F (-40C) wind chills and winter weather advisories. This also marked the third avalanche-related death in the western US this year.

Iowa officials warn of whiteout conditions on major roadways

Thursday 18 January 2024 21:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Iowa officials say that high winds and dry snow are a dangerous combination for drivers today.

“Remember Feb 5, 2018, the 60+ pileup on I-35 near Ames? Similar conditions may be seen today around the PM commute,” officials with the National Weather Service for Des Moines wrote on X. “Heavy and blowing snow can change road conditions and visibility VERY quickly.”

Their post was accompanied by footage of the 2018 pile-up, a stark reminder to drivers of the dangers of whiteouts.

Pacific Northwest braces for even more freezing rain

Thursday 18 January 2024 22:03 , Katie Hawkinson

Freezing rain will return to Oregon and Washington this evening into Friday morning, forecasters say.

“Freezing rain could return to portions of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington Thursday evening into Friday morning,” officials with the National Weather Service for Portland, Oregon said on X. “The highest chances are within the western Columbia River Gorge and eastern Portland/Vancouver Metro Area.”

Residents should avoid travel if possible.

The region is already reeling from an ice storm earlier this week that killed at least eleven people.

Hypothermia from the arctic cold and downed trees falling on homes killed at least eight people across the state, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. In addition, a downed power line killed three people in Portland on Wednesday morning. Officials said two adults and one teenager were found dead at the scene, while a two-year-old was taken to the hospital without injuries.

Power outages could increase in Portland

Thursday 18 January 2024 22:30 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials say Portland, Oregon residents should prepare for more outages as the city braces for yet another freezing rain storm.

“Breezy winds will also impact the Portland metro area & the western Gorge today into tomorrow,” officials with National Weather Service for Portland said on X. “Be prepared for additional downed trees, powerlines, & power outages due to the additional ice accumulation along with breezy winds.”

Earlier this week, more than 80,000 customers lost power due to downed lines and high winds — and as of Thursday afternoon, there are still more than 40,000 people without power, according to PowerOutage.us.

Winter storms set to begin yet again in New York, New Jersey

Thursday 18 January 2024 22:52 , Katie Hawkinson

Officials in both New York and New Jersey have issued warnings about an impending snowstorm Friday morning.

Residents of New York City should expect 2-3 inches of snow from Friday morning to Friday evening, while Jersey City residents should prepare for 1-3 inches of snow beginning in the early morning hours, officials warn.

This blanket of snow will arrive just days after the Big Apple ended its two-year snowless streak thanks to a storm on Tuesday.

Air travel chaos appeared to alleviate mid-week, may resume with more snow

Friday 19 January 2024 00:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Air travel has been a disaster for people flying into, out of or within the US over the past several days as winter storms hit nearly every region of the US.

However, yesterday’s delays and cancellations were at their lowest in several days.

On Wednesday, only 6,128 flights into, out of or within the US were delayed while 1,191 were cancelled, according to FlightAware. That’s a marked improvement from earlier this week, when travellers were impacted by 20,000 delays and nearly 6,000 cancellations across Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, as of Thursday evening, just over 3,500 flights have been delayed and nearly 700 cancelled.

But with another round of snow hitting the midwest and northeast, travel conditions could deteriorate again soon.

ICYMI: Drivers in Iowa must use caution tonight, officials say

Friday 19 January 2024 01:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Iowa officials say that high winds and dry snow will be a dangerous combination for drivers today, creating possible whiteout conditions.

“Remember Feb 5, 2018, the 60+ pileup on I-35 near Ames? Similar conditions may be seen today around the PM commute,” officials with the National Weather Service for Des Moines wrote on X. “Heavy and blowing snow can change road conditions and visibility VERY quickly.”

Their post was accompanied by footage of the 2018 pile-up, a stark reminder to drivers of the dangers of whiteouts.

ICYMI: Highest and lowest temperatures in the US yesterday were more than 100 degrees apart

Friday 19 January 2024 02:00 , Katie Hawkinson

The lowest and highest temperatures recorded in the US on Wednesday morning were 111 degrees apart, according to the National Weather Service.

Monticello, Kentucky hit -22F (-30C) yesterday morning, while Atlantis, Florida hit 89F (31C).

See the cloud stream that blew over the central US today

Friday 19 January 2024 03:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Satellite imagery from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University shows the high and low cloud tops that covered the central US today.

Now, the northeast is next on the list to receive more snow and cold temperatures tomorrow into the weekend.

ICYMI: How can you protect yourself from winter weather dangers?

Friday 19 January 2024 04:00 , Katie Hawkinson

An arctic blast brought sub-zero wind chills to much of the country this week, posing various hazards and dangers to impacted communities.

Several deaths from hypothermia have been reported across the US, and cold temperatures can mean dangerous, icy roads for travellers.

Extreme cold also disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations, such as infants, the elderly, people with a chronic illness, outdoor workers, and unhoused people, according to the National Weather Service.

Read more from Juan A. Lozano on what public safety officials say you can do to keep yourself safe:

How can you protect yourself from winter weather dangers? Experts offer tips

See stunning satellite footage of ice storm over Pacific Northwest

Friday 19 January 2024 05:01 , Katie Hawkinson

A winter storm blew across the Pacific Northwest earlier this week, covering Portland, Oregon in a quarter-inch of ice.

Now, stunning satellite imagery from the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at Colorado State University shows the storm’s path across the western US.

Yes, climate change is still real even though much of the US is freezing this week

Friday 19 January 2024 07:00 , Katie Hawkinson

While arctic winds and snow might seem like quite the change after 2023, the hottest year on global record by a wide margin, this month’s weather patterns don’t indicate that global warming is getting better — or that there is no climate crisis.

Cold weather events can and still do occur as our planet warms, even as we approach the 1.5C (2.7F) temperature goal set by the global Paris Agreement to prevent the most harmful consequences of the climate crisis.

In fact, a warming climate can sometimes increase the likelihood of unusual cold weather events.

For example, climate change is responsible for increasing the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation, according to a widely-cited, peer-reviewed study from 2015.

Further, a warmer atmosphere can also hold more water, leading to more rain and snow, according to Climate Signals, a nonprofit that specializes in climate attribution research. New research also indicates a warming Arctic may lead to arctic air outbreaks in the US — just like what we’re seeing today across the country.

While we’re not yet clear on how climate change has impacted this specific storm spell, we do know this: This month’s storms do not indicate the climate crisis has disappeared.

IN PICTURES: Ice Storm in Oregon

Friday 19 January 2024 09:00 , Katie Hawkinson

A downed tree in Oregon following an ice storm (2024 The Register-Guard)
A downed tree in Oregon following an ice storm (2024 The Register-Guard)
Icicles hang on a vehicle in Oregon following an ice storm (AP)
Icicles hang on a vehicle in Oregon following an ice storm (AP)
Ice covers flowers on 17 January 2024 in Lake Oswego, Oregon (AP)
Ice covers flowers on 17 January 2024 in Lake Oswego, Oregon (AP)

Washington, DC may see up to 2 inches of snow Friday morning

Friday 19 January 2024 11:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Washington, DC and the surrounding region could see up to 2 inches of snow on Friday morning, the National Weather Service forecasts.

That precipitation could bring more closures to the region as the NWS warns of a hazardous commute tomorrow morning.

Earlier this week, several nearby school districts closed and federal offices shut down for the day for the time in two years after about 3 inches of snow blanketed the nation’s capital.

SEE IT: Buffalo, New York blanketed by snow

Friday 19 January 2024 12:00 , Katie Hawkinson

Patrick Sahr shovels lake-effect in Buffalo, New York on 17 January 2024 (AP)
Patrick Sahr shovels lake-effect in Buffalo, New York on 17 January 2024 (AP)
A wintry scene in Buffalo, New York on 17 January 2024 after lake-effect snow blew through the region (AP)
A wintry scene in Buffalo, New York on 17 January 2024 after lake-effect snow blew through the region (AP)
At least eighteen inches of snow fell in Buffalo, New York on 17 January 2024 after lake-effect clouds passed over the region (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
At least eighteen inches of snow fell in Buffalo, New York on 17 January 2024 after lake-effect clouds passed over the region (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Is it too cold to walk your dog?

Friday 19 January 2024 13:00 , Katie Hawkinson

With temperatures getting colder and colder amid the winter months, many pet owners may be wondering whether their furry friends are as cold as we are.

Despite the cold weather, it’s still necessary that dogs go outside for a walk and do their business. But with their layer of fur, it can be difficult to tell if man’s best friend is actually capable of withstanding the freezing temperatures.

Brittany Miller has some tips to determine whether or not it’s too cold outside to be walking your dog:

Is it too cold to walk your dog? How to check

ICYMI: Highest and lowest temperatures in the US on Tuesday were more than 100 degrees apart

Friday 19 January 2024 14:00 , Katie Hawkinson

The lowest and highest temperatures recorded in the continental US on Wednesday morning were 111 degrees apart, according to the National Weather Service.

Monticello, Kentucky hit -22F (-30C) Tuesday morning, while Atlantis, Florida hit 89F (31C).

An infographic from the National Weather Service showing the low and high temperatures on 17 January 2024 (National Weather Service)
An infographic from the National Weather Service showing the low and high temperatures on 17 January 2024 (National Weather Service)

Weather watch: Falling iguanas

Friday 19 January 2024 14:27 , Kelly Rissman

WATCH: American Airlines plane carrying 53 passengers skids off icy New York airport runway

Friday 19 January 2024 15:00 , Kelly Rissman

Friday’s forecast

Friday 19 January 2024 15:30 , Kelly Rissman

  • The midwest can expect an “arctic air intrusion,” according to the National Weather Service. While the temperatures on the whole won’t drop as low as last week, some places, like Missouri and Kansas, will face sub-zero temperatures by Saturday morning. On top of that, wind chill — as low as -20 to -30 — is likely to affect those areas too.

  • The Great Lakes region is also expected to experience lake-effect snow showers.

  • Out east, snowfall is anticipated in the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England coastal regions. There is a winter storm warning in effect for parts of West Virginia on Friday.

  • ‘Dangerously cold’ air is supposed to impact the southern states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, from Friday through Saturday night. Wind chills are expected to be in the single digits.

  • In the west, heavy precipitation will continue. Snow could turn into freezing rain or sleet in Washington, while heavy rain is anticipated to slam California. In the Sacramento Valley, heavy rain on Friday evening into Saturday is likely to turn into heavy snow on Sunday afternoon.

Satellite captures snow sweeping across the Great Lakes

Friday 19 January 2024 16:00 , Kelly Rissman

A week of cancelled flights

Friday 19 January 2024 16:30 , Kelly Rissman

While thousands of flights are still getting delayed or cancelled, the conditions have slighlty improved since earlier this week.

Tuesday saw a whopping 10,000 flights delayed in the US and 2,500 cancellations. Another 6,000 were delayed both on Wednesday and Thursday.

But as of Friday morning, conditions seem to be on the upswing — ever so slightly. So far, 2,200 US flights have been delayed and 800 have been cancelled.

State of Emergency in Oregon

Friday 19 January 2024 17:00 , Kelly Rissman

Cold weather and the risk of falling iguanas

Friday 19 January 2024 17:30 , Kelly Rissman

Matt Devitt, the chief meteorologist for WINK News in Florida, shared a graphic on Thursday warning residents “from Sanibel to Cape Coral to Naples” to keep an eye open for raining reptiles.

The temperature in the state’s southwest is expected to drop into the 40’s — 30’s with windchill — over the weekend. The cold snap is part of a broader system that brought snow and ice to huge swaths of the US this week.

Iguanas typically prefer hot climates, ideally no lower than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. But every so often temperatures drop enough — 45F or lower — to essentially force the cold-blooded lizards into a flash hibernation until warmer air returns.

This can cause tree-dwelling Iguanas to fall from branches and onto the ground. Residents in Florida are regularly warned to leave the stiff iguanas alone. Even though the reptiles aren’t moving, they’re still alive, and can recover once the climate suits their scales.

Read the full story...

Warning of falling iguanas as temperatures plummet amid winter storms

A hero emerges

Friday 19 January 2024 18:00 , Kelly Rissman

After a tragedy took place in ice-covered Oregon on Wednesday — three people were shocked to death after falling onto a downed power line. The Associated Press reported that a man died after tripping on a slick driveway forcing him to touch the live wire. He had been trying to bring his baby to safety. The baby’s mother, followed by her younger brother, also attempted to help, but they too were tragically met with the same fate

The outlet reported that 18-year-old Majiah Washington noticed the baby, lying on his father, moving his head. He had somehow survived.

Ms Washington said on Thursday that she “was concerned about the baby...Nobody was with the baby.” She had grabbed the child off of the father. Miraculously, neither she nor the baby were electrocuted, a fact that still mystifies the Portland Fire and Rescue team.

The baby was examined at the hospital determined to be fine.

No power

Friday 19 January 2024 18:30 , Kelly Rissman

Over 100,000 customers still have no electricity as of Friday morning in Oregon, which has been ravaged by storms, according to the AP.

The state’s governor declared a state of emergency on Thursday night, asking for federal resources to address “power outages, lack of transportation, and an array of safety concerns.”

Portland state offices were ordered to close on Friday, while schools in the city remained closed on Friday for the fourth day in a row.

West Virginia’s winter storm causes legislative delays

Friday 19 January 2024 19:00 , Kelly Rissman

The West Virginia Legislature ended early on Friday because not enough lawmakers could make it to the state Capitol, due to the snow, according to the AP.

Snow is supposed to continue through Friday into Saturday. Following the snow showers, West Virginians can expect “frigid weather,” the National Weather Service predicted.

Sub-zero temperatures causes Chicago mayor to postpone migrant shelter evictions

Friday 19 January 2024 19:30 , Kelly Rissman

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson cited the bitter temperatures when announcing that migrants living in the city’s shelters would not have to leave before 1 February, an extension of the 60-day period that migrants are allowed to stay in shelters, according to reports.

“To be clear, we’re not evicting new arrivals out into the cold,” Mayor Johnson said last week after he announced an initial extension until 22 January, WTTW reported.

That decision impacts at least 650 migrants, the outlet wrote.

After the initial extension, Illinois Gov JB Pritzker wrote a letter condemning Gov Greg Abbott, who has been ordering migrants to be bused to Chicago. “The next few days are a threat to the families and children you are sending here” due to the extreme cold, he wrote.

“We refuse to play your political game of exploiting the most vulnerable for the sake of culture wars and talking points,” Mr Pritzker added. “You seem to have no interest in working on bipartisan solutions to the border crisis because that would put an end to your cruel political game, but I am writing to you today hoping to appeal to your humanity.”

Buffalo Bills request snow shovelers for second time in a week

Friday 19 January 2024 20:00 , Kelly Rissman

The Buffalo Bills have once again put out a call for volunteers to help shovel snow inside the stadium ahead of their NFL playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Thursday the team asked fans, known as the Bills Mafia, to help get the home field in Orchard Park, New York, game-ready.

Volunteers will be paid $20 per hour for their work, which is scheduled to take place throughout Friday afternoon and evening before the game on Sunday.

It comes as the National Weather Service predicted that Orchard Park – where the Highmark Stadium is located – could see up to eight inches of snow between Thursday night and Saturday.

Temperatures on Sunday will hover between 17 and 24 degrees Fahrenheit, the weather service said.

Read the full story...

Buffalo Bills call again for snow-shoveling volunteers ahead of playoff game

Plane makes emergency landing due to inclement weather

Friday 19 January 2024 20:30 , Kelly Rissman

A small plane landed two minutes after it took off from Dulles International Airport, according to FlightAware.

The website shows that the aircraft is a Southern Airways Express Cessna Caravan that was supposed to fly to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

WUSA9 reported that the plane landed on Loudoun County Parkway near Arcola Mills Road.

In photos: Snow blankets Alabama

Friday 19 January 2024 20:45 , Kelly Rissman

Motorists travel down a snow and ice covered road, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024 in downtown Florence, Ala.  (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP) (AP)
Motorists travel down a snow and ice covered road, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024 in downtown Florence, Ala. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP) (AP)
A man crosses North Pine Street as motorists navigate an ice and snow covered road, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 in downtown Florence, Ala.. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP) (AP)
A man crosses North Pine Street as motorists navigate an ice and snow covered road, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 in downtown Florence, Ala.. (Dan Busey/The TimesDaily via AP) (AP)

Beautiful snowflakes captured in NYC amid Friday’s snow

Friday 19 January 2024 21:00 , Kelly Rissman

ICYMI: Three people were tragically killed in Oregon amid storms

Friday 19 January 2024 21:15 , Kelly Rissman

Three people have died after a power line fell onto a car in Northeast Portland on Wednesday morning following a severe storm in Oregon.

Firefighters were called to reports of a “person on fire” just before 11:45 am on Wednesday, officials said, where they found three people and a small child lying in the street.

The four people were found around 35 feet from an SUV which had a powerline draped over it that had been pinned down by a large tree branch, fire officials added.

Officials said two adults and one teenager were found dead at the scene, while a two-year-old was taken to the hospital without injuries.

An 18-year-old heroically ventured out into the storm, crouched below the power line, and rescued the baby.

Miraculously, neither she nor the child were electrocuted.

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Three people killed after power line falls on car amid Oregon storms

WATCH: Wind skier glides across snow-covered Cleveland beach as waves buffet shore

Friday 19 January 2024 21:30 , Kelly Rissman

Snowfall in New York

Friday 19 January 2024 22:00 , Kelly Rissman

The city’s snow is supposed to continue through 6pm on Friday, Fox NY reported, and could continue until 8pm on parts of Long Island.

Other parts of the tri-state area have seen up to 5 inches of snow, NBC New York reported.

The continuing snowfall into the evening could create hazardous conditions for commuters and cause low visibility.

Still, many in New York have rejoiced at the snowfall, as storms earlier this week ended the city’s snow drought.

In photos: Volunteers help dig out the Buffalo Bills’ stadium ahead of playoff game

Friday 19 January 2024 22:15 , Kelly Rissman

Young Bills fan sits in the snow
Young Bills fan sits in the snow
Workers remove snow from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP)
Workers remove snow from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP)
A Buffalo Bills fan watches the game at Highmark Stadium, New York, 15 January (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
A Buffalo Bills fan watches the game at Highmark Stadium, New York, 15 January (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
Buffalo Bills fans help shovel snow out of stadium (Accu-weather)
Buffalo Bills fans help shovel snow out of stadium (Accu-weather)

ICYMi: Plane lands on Loudoun County Parkway in Virginia

Friday 19 January 2024 22:30 , Kelly Rissman

Satellite shows clouds over the Great Lakes

Friday 19 January 2024 23:00 , Kelly Rissman

WATCH: Lighthouses freeze into ice sculptures in Michigan

Saturday 20 January 2024 00:00 , Kelly Rissman

Frozen to death

Saturday 20 January 2024 01:00 , Kelly Rissman

The frigid temperatures have resulted in deaths across the nation.

Five people died from exposure to cold in Washington state, PBS reported.

In Kansas, an 18-year-old man was found dead in a ditch on Wednesday, not far from where his car was stuck in snow, according to AP.

Meanwhile, in Oregon, three people — two adults and one teenager — died after being electrocuted by a down power line trying to take in a baby from the cold. A 18-year-old neighbour rescued the baby, who was still alive and lying on her father. The local fire and rescue team are still perplexed as to how neither the child nor the 18-year-old were shocked to death.

Click here to read the full blog on The Independent's website