Forecasters said the potent system already blamed for numerous power outages and thousands of weekend flight cancellations elsewhere, has Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states in its icy sights before the Northeast is up next.Icy conditions were expected to last through the rest of the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee. And officials warned a major ice storm was possible in Virginia’s Appalachian region along the busy Interstate 81 corridor .In Virginia, state Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard said the storm had the potential to be a „historic ice event.””This forecast is very concerning to us,” Southard said. „I’ve worked multiple disasters, but I’ve never worked an ice storm with a forecast like this. It’s just really important for everybody to take extra precautions.”Forecasters said the storm caused freezing rain and icy conditions in parts of Tennessee as it surged across that state late Saturday and early Sunday. It also has been blamed for plunging temperatures as a cold front sweeps down from the North on the jet stream.View galleryRonnie Moody of Nabholz Construction Services plows ice from the parking lot of the St. Bernards Out …Bob Nations Jr., director of the emergency operations command center for the Memphis area, said early Sunday that ice coating roads, bridges and overpasses caused several multi-vehicle crashes. He issued a statement urging drivers to use extreme caution, particularly on bridges and overpasses.Police in Memphis, meanwhile, urged motorists to stay home altogether if they could avoid travel early Sunday.Ice had built up on the windshields and roofs of parked cars throughout Memphis during the day Saturday. Law enforcement reported an increase in traffic crashes, and scattered power outages affected more than 3,000 people, emergency and utility officials said.”It looks like we’re going to be stuck with this for one, two, maybe three days,” said Memphis attorney Sam Chafetz, who tried to get off the roads before the worst of the storm hit. „I’m not afraid of the ice and snow, I’m afraid of the other drivers who don’t know how to drive in it.”Forecasters said motorists traveling Interstate 81 between Roanoke, Va., and Hagerstown, Md., should be on the lookout Sunday for any deterioration in conditions like that in Texas when the storm crossed parts of that state Friday and Saturday.View galleryKelly Felts, left, Nolan Felts, second from left, Tara Kilpatrick, second from right, and Erin Simmo …In Texas earlier, icy and treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time after tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said.Tina Pacheco, her husband and two friends were traveling through Texas on their way to Mexico when the ice-laden interstate became so treacherous that traffic came to a standstill. They were forced to spend Friday night in their pickup truck, which they kept running for heat.”We couldn’t go anywhere,” she said, adding, „It’s a good thing we had gas.”Ice up to 4 inches thick was reported on one interstate in Texas at the height of the storm there. And about 75,000 customers in the Dallas area went without power for a time Saturday, down from a peak of more than 270,000 earlier. Oklahoma utilities reported more than 7,500 power outages across the state and western Arkansas.The weather forced the cancellation of countless events, including Sunday’s Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months, and the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, expected to include 20,000.Around 7 inches of snow fell in northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis, and 8 to 9 inches fell in parts of southern Indiana. The storm dumped a foot of snow and more in some areas of Illinois, with police scrambling to respond to dozens of accidents and forced scores of schools to remain closed.Residents were told to prepare for a few days without power, prompting them to rush to stores to stock up on groceries, buy electricity generators and gas up their cars. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reminded residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone.View galleryA runner makes his way down Main Street, despite the cancellation of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, …View galleryMontana head coach Mick Delaney walks along the sidelines in the first half of an NCAA college footb …View galleryFans are bundled against the cold as they watch Rutgers play South Florida in an NCAA college footba …View galleryThis photo shows Palm trees wrapped in insulation for protection from the sub-freezing temperatures …
Decembrrrr! Arctic Blast Continues to Bring Subzero Chill to Rockies, Plains; Hard Freeze for California Nick Wiltgen and Chris Dolce Published: Dec 8, 2013, 7:40 AM EST weather.com
Winter Storm Dion Brings Ice and SnowWinter Storm Dion Brings Ice and SnowWhat Happens to Boiling Water at -22?DEADLY Hurricane Winds Causing DamageA bitter cold air mass has spread across the western states and into the Plains and Midwest the last couple of days. On Saturday morning, temperatures dropped as low as -42 in Jordan, Mont.Current Temperatures(MORE: Winter Storm Dion Forecast)In some cities, the frigid air mass has been the coldest seen in years or has broken daily record lows. Here’s a few examples:Billings, Mont.: Low of -21 degrees Saturday at the airport was the coldest reading at that location since Jan. 13, 1997, nearly 17 years ago.
- Miles City, Mont.: Not to be outdone, this southeast Montana city dropped to -36 degrees Saturday, its coldest since a -37 was recorded Jan. 30, 1996.
- Great Falls, Mont.: Low of -33 degrees on Saturday was the coldest temperature recorded so early in the season. Previous record was Dec. 8, 1972 (-36 degrees).
- Medford, Ore: Record low of 18 degrees on Wednesday and a record low of 14 on Thursday. According to the National Weather Service, this is the coldest air mass in the city since 1998.
- Pullman, Wash.: Sunday morning’s preliminary low of -11 degrees was the city’s sixth consecutive daily record low and the earliest it’s gotten that cold in 74 years of recordkeeping.
- Denver: Record low of -13 degrees on Wednesday beat the old record of -5 degrees set in 2008. Thursday’s low of -15 tied the daily record. Denver dropped to -13 degrees on Saturday morning, tying another record low.
- Ely, Nev.: Record low of -17 degrees on Wednesday crushed the old record of -5 degrees. Record lows were also set on Thursday (-23 degrees) and Friday morning (-19 degrees).
- Casper, Wyo.: Record low of -22 degrees on Wednesday beat the old record of -11 degrees set in 1972.
- Portland, Ore. and Astoria, Ore.: Three straight days with daily record lows Tuesday through Thursday.
- Spokane, Wash.: Saw its first high in the teens since Feb. 26, 2011 on Thursday.
- Glasgow, Mont.: Recorded its first subzero high temperature since Jan. 18, 2012 on Thursday.
- Daily records lows set on Saturday morning in Grand Forks, N.D. (-24 degrees) and Kansas City, Mo. (1 degree – tie).
- Sunday morning record lows will potentially be broken in Portland, Ore. (forecast: 8 degrees), Stockton, Calif. (forecast: 5 degrees), and Bishop, Calif. (forecast: 22 degrees).
The very cold air mass will continue to persist this weekend. Let’s step through the highlights – or perhaps, lowlights – of this arctic outbreak.Sunday AM Lows
- Pacific Northwest: Highs will be stuck in the 30s through the weekend in western Washington and western Oregon. Lows will be in the teens and 20s. A few daily record lows may be threatened. Areas east of the Cascades will be much colder than this, with widespread highs in the teens and lower 20s, and lows in the single digits or even below zero.
- California: This will easily be the coldest air of the season, with highs only reaching the 40s in the Bay Area and struggling to rise out of the upper 50s in L.A. and San Diego this weekend. Lows in the 20s will grip the Central Valley for multiple nights; in some cases these will be record or near-record lows. Morning lows well below freezing are also expected in the high deserts of Southern California and interior parts of the Bay Area such as Santa Rosa and Napa into the weekend, resulting in multiple hard freezes. These conditions could potentially last all the way into early next week.
- Great Basin: Highs in the 20s or low 30s will be common into early next week. Lows in the teens, single digits, or locally subzero will settle in.
- Desert Southwest: Highs may not rise out of the 50s in Phoenix into early next week with lows mainly in the 30s and low 40s. Meanwhile Las Vegas will likely stay below 50 degrees during the day and go below freezing at night into early next week.
- Northern/Central Rockies & Plains: Highs in the single digits, teens and even below zero in the Northern Plains and central and northern Rockies into Sunday. Morning lows fall into the single digits, teens and 20s below zero (locally 30 below zero) at a number of locations in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Minnesota through Sunday.
- South: The cold air mass slowly spreads into parts of the Southeast this weekend. Warmer-than-average temperatures persist in Florida. Highs 10 to 30 degrees below average from the lower-Mississippi Valley into parts of Texas and Oklahoma through Monday.
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