Travel is ‘going to be chaotic’: Winter storm will dump a foot of snow from Rockies to Great Lakes•Denver cancels hundreds of flights as winter storm blasts Colorado dropping inches of snow A powerful pre-Thanksgiving winter storm that’s forecast to dump up to a foot of snow from the Rockies to the Great Lakes on Tuesday caused airlines to announce travel alerts and the National Weather Service to issue blizzard and weather warnings.Hundreds of flights at Denver’s International Airport were canceled on Tuesday. More than 1,000 people were stranded at the airport overnight, the Weather Channel reported.As of early afternoon, the Denver metro area had already picked up 7 to 12 inches of snow, the Weather Channel said. Western sections of Boulder, Colorado, have seen up to 20.5 inches. The top storm total so far was the 33 inches that fell near Drake, Colorado, the National Weather Service said.Interstates were closed in both Colorado and Wyoming because of the snow.Throughout the day on Tuesday and into Tuesday night, the storm was forecast to shift east and begin moving more quickly, bringing a swath of plowable snow from central Nebraska to southeastern Minnesota by the end of the day, AccuWeather said. How to navigate the weather: 14 winter travel tips for flights and road tripsA snowplow drives along South County Road 5 in Timnath, Colo. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area could see its biggest November snowfall in nearly a decade, and travel in northwestern Wisconsin “is going to be chaotic,” weather service meteorologist Brent Hewett said.On the warmer side of the storm, heavy rain and potentially severe thunderstorms were expected be the main weather worries Tuesday evening in states such as Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas. Chicago, with its two big airports, should only see rain from the storm, weather service officials said.Snow and wind will continue from the upper Mississippi Valley into the northern Great Lakes on Wednesday, the Weather Channel said. The strong winds will contribute to more blowing and drifting snow in these areas, resulting in dangerous travel conditions.Snow will taper off by midday Wednesday; winds in the Midwest will die down by the evening hours, AccuWeather reported.However, strong winds will linger in the Northeast on Thanksgiving Day, potentially grounding the big balloons at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, parade organizers said.A second storm, brewing in the Pacific, was expected to hit the West Coast on Tuesday night, bringing heavy snow to the mountains and wind and rain along the coasts of California and Oregon.That storm will cross the country over the next several days. It could bring another round of snow to the Upper Midwest from Thursday through Saturday, and a chance of snow this weekend in interior New England, said Alex Lamers, a National Weather Service meteorologist.Contributing: The Associated Press Weather news: Balloons in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade may not fly due to wind The first Thanksgiving: Rethinking the feast at Plymouth, Massachusetts nearly 400 years agoThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Thanksgiving weather: Winter storm brings snow, rain, cancels flights
Per media sources, a severe winter storm is expected to hit parts of U.S. West Coast around the middle of this week. During such natural disasters, the Utility sector tends to suffer a major blow. Strong winds and catastrophic flooding affect transmission lines, forcing thousands to deal with power cuts.
As it is, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), power outages cost more than $150 billion annually. So, it’s important for utilities to take appropriate measures to whether the storm effects, not only for safety and comfort of customers, but also for their bottom line.
No doubt the upcoming storm shall disrupt Thanksgiving celebrations along the Western coast of the United States.
The storm, projected to bring heavy rain, snowfall and winterlike chill, is projected to reach Northern California on the night of November 26 and move southward. Per CNN meteorologist, the storm is currently forecast to rival the strength of a Category 1 hurricane, which is anticipated to affect 20 million people from California to Michigan.
Moreover, the National Weather Service has warned that a major winter storm accompanied with torrential rain, mountain snow and severe flash flooding will affect much of California in the coming days.
No doubt, once the catastrophic storm makes landfall in California, utilities’ operations in the state will suffer, resulting in extensive power outage. Considering the fact that California is the most populous state in America, demand and subsequently consumption of electricity is also high.
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- Two powerful winter storms are threatening parts of the US with heavy snow, damaging winds, and potential thunderstorms.
- The first storm dropped large amounts of snow on Colorado on Monday. It’s expected to move toward the Upper Midwest on late Tuesday before reaching the Great Lakes on Wednesday.
- The second storm is expected to hit Southern Oregon on Tuesday afternoon. It’s anticipated to make landfall as a „bomb cyclone,” or intense, hurricane-like storm that builds at mid-latitudes.
- More than 450 flights have already been canceled at Denver International Airport.
- Heavy winds could also force the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to ground its iconic balloons.
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Two powerful winter storms are bringing severe weather conditions to large swaths of the US ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The first storm dropped heavy amounts of snow on Denver, Colorado, on Monday, prompting flight cancellations and a warning from the Colorado Department of Transportation for drivers to stay off the roads. The storm is expected to move toward the Upper Midwest on late Tuesday, with the National Weather Service reporting an „enhanced risk for severe weather” in the Mississippi Valley. From there, it’s expected to head across the Great Lakes on Wednesday.
The second storm started out in the northeastern Pacific Ocean and is forecast to barrel through Southern Oregon and Northern California on Tuesday. By the time it hits Southern Oregon, the storm is predicted to undergo bombogenesis, a term for rapidly strengthened because of a sharp drop in pressure. It’s expected to make landfall on Tuesday afternoon as a „bomb cyclone,” or intense, hurricane-like storm that builds at mid-latitudes.
The storms threaten to disrupt millions of Thanksgiving travel plans.
Heavy snow, damaging winds, and thunderstorms
The National Weather Service reports that snow accumulations of 6-12 inches will be common in Wyoming and Colorado, the Central Plains, and the Western Great Lakes.
Denver could see up to 14 inches of snow and 40 mph winds.
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In addition to strong winds and heavy snow, the Central Plains may endure near-blizzard conditions. Parts of Illinois and Missouri could see damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes on Tuesday night. At the same time, Minneapolis could witness more than 6 inches of snow and 35 mph winds. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan could also be pummeled by nearly a foot of snow.
On the West Coast, Southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California may endure wind gusts of more than 70 mph — enough to topple trees and down power lines in some areas. The San Francisco Bay Area can also expect its first significant rainfall of the season.
Flight cancellations and a threat to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The two storms are threatening to disrupt air travel during what portends to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2005. A record-breaking number of passengers were expected to travel by air this year, but some flights have already been canceled.
More than 450 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport by Tuesday afternoon. Airlines including American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, and United have issued preliminary travel waivers to affected passengers. More cancellations could be on the way as the storms rip across separate parts of the country.
Though the Midwest storm is expected to die down by the time it reaches the East Coast, it could bring heavy winds to New York on Thursday. New York City may experience sustained winds of up to 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. At those speeds, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade would be forced to ground its iconic balloons.
Snowstorm to disrupt Thanksgiving travel for millions•Snowstorm to disrupt Thanksgiving travel for millions A snowstorm that will disrupt Thanksgiving travel for millions is slamming Colorado, and it’s on its way toward the upper Midwest. It could reach the Northeast in time for Wednesday’s big travel day.Winter storm alerts stretch across much of the country, and in Denver, the forecast calls for 15 inches of snow. The Denver International Airport has over 200 pieces of equipment working to clear runways, but more than 200 flights have been canceled. Travelers there, like others across the country, are bracing for menacing holiday conditions. Scenes of nature’s fury are beginning to stretch for miles, coast to coast, as drivers brace for dangerous roads to get home for the holiday, reports CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen. In Salt Lake City, only cars with four-wheel drive and tires with chains are allowed on roads. Emergency crews responded to more than 50 crashes Monday. Shoppers from California to Michigan are scrambling to get storm supplies. In Denver, grocery store cashier Tamara Oliver said they have been hit twice as hard since people are also shopping for their Thanksgiving dinner.”Everybody is trying to get everything done before the holiday,” Oliver said. Alex Renteria with the Denver airport said they expect flight delays and cancellations but are prepared for many who are stranded. „We have thousands of blankets in stock,” Renteria said. „If folks need diapers or formula or care kits, we also have those at our information booths.”On a normal day, the airport would have almost 200,000 passengers.Jorge Prugue is traveling from Miami. His flight to Oregon was canceled and he might not be able to get another one until the storm is over. „You think maybe you should have just stayed in Miami?” Petersen asked him.”20/20 vision, that would have been good. No, I got my kids living in Portland so we’re going to spend Thanksgiving over there,” Prugue said.Some people we spoke to have been arriving at least six hours early for their flights to avoid bad road conditions. The snow is expected to keep falling through Tuesday night.As airlines reduce seat sizes, FAA to determine minimum standard
Amid winter storms, 615 flights have been canceled within, into or out of the U.S. as of Tuesday evening. The majority of them are at Denver International Airport in Colorado, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.
Denver’s airport, a large connection hub for flights in the West, had 263 outgoing flights canceled and 226 incoming flights canceled as of 9:30 EST. In both cases that’s about one-quarter of all fights at the airport.
In terms of delays: 3,366 flights within, into or out of the U.S. have been delayed; 332 outgoing flights and 309 incoming flights were delayed at Denver.
The airline with the most cancellations is Southwest, which canceled 207 flights and delayed 677.
Travel is ‘going to be chaotic’: Winter storm will dump a foot of snow from Rockies to Great Lakes
Major airlines waived flight change fees ahead of a snowstorm expected to bring a foot or more of snow to Colorado on Tuesday.
That means travelers booked for Tuesday flights through the Denver International Airport can try to get to their destinations early or choose to depart at a later date without a fee.
Thanksgiving travel troubles were predicted this week as two storms track across the nation, bringing a miserable mix of rain, snow and wind from coast to coast.
The Denver metro area has already picked up 7 to 12 inches of snow, the Weather Channel said. Western sections of Boulder, Colorado, have seen up to 20.5 inches. The top storm total so far is 31.7 inches about 11 miles southeast of Estes Park, Colorado, the National Weather Service said.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, the storm will shift east and begin moving more quickly, bringing a swath of plowable snow from central Nebraska to southeastern Minnesota by the end of the day, AccuWeather said.
State government offices in Colorado on Tuesday are either closed or openings delayed across the state due to weather.
It was literally freezing in Florida and Alabama while parts of Maine, Michigan and New York were digging out from a foot of snow Wednesday as a historically early and deadly Arctic air mass gripped much of nation.
Records, some dating back more than 100 years, were toppled as the front continued its ferocious roll for a third day.
The entire state of Alabama was under a freeze warning as temperatures dipped into the 20s and below, breaking records at more than 100 locations. The National Weather Service in Mobile citing the „widespread, significant freeze” for Alabama and Florida’s Panhandle, urged residents to protect exposed pipes, keep pets warm and check on neighbors.
In Florida, the average low temperature for November in Pensacola is 50 degrees. It was 20 degrees colder Wednesday morning.
„30 here near Pensacola Beach,” tweeted resident Robert Pooley. „Hate it!”
Record lows were recorded Wednesday morning from Birmingham, Alabama, to Burlington, Vermont. Birmingham’s low of 18 degrees bested by 4 degrees a record that stood since 1911.
New York City and Buffalo, New York, as well as parts of Ohio, have set records. In Kansas alone, at least six cities, including Wichita, set cold records for the date Tuesday.
In Missouri, St. Louis dropped to 11 degrees, breaking a record for the date that stood for more than 100 years.
It snowed in Texas just 60 miles from the Mexican border – and more intensely farther north. Parts of Michigan were digging out from up to 30 inches of snow. Buffalo set records with more than 11 inches. Parts of Maine and Vermont were hit with a foot of snow as the system roared into its third day.
“Visibility dropped as low as one-fourth of a mile at times … as heavy lake-effect snow squalls continued moving through northeastern Ohio,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Derek Witt said.
In Michigan, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said two women, ages 81 and 64, and a 57-year-old man were killed Monday in a two-vehicle crash on snowy, icy roads. In Kansas, the Highway Patrol said an 8-year-old girl died in a three-vehicle wreck.
Authorities in Ohio were investigating two fatal wrecks on snowy roads, and a passenger bus toppled on its side in Syracuse, New York, although no serious injuries were reported.
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Record-challenging low temperatures were everywhere. Single-digit temperatures descended on much of the Midwest, where Detroit sank to 7 degrees, breaking a record of 12 degrees for the day.
Cristen Hamilton, who lives in Chicago’s northside neighborhood of Lakeview, had no problems with the early winter weather.
“I’m a transplant from Northern California, so I think it’s fantastic,” she said. „I’m very happy with Chicago at 20 degrees.”
Drastically colder than normal temperatures stretched all the way to the Atlantic Coast. Temperatures dipped into the low 20s in Atlanta and in Jackson, Mississippi. Similar numbers swept across the East Coast – New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C.
Many of these cities often see temperatures that low, just not very often two weeks before Thanksgiving, said AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys.
„We will be challenging records everywhere,” he said.
Contributing: Grace Hauck, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
‘Brutal’ Arctic blast affecting 200 million people: And it isn’t over yet
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Arctic blast leaves at least 4 dead; Florida drops below freezing
FURKA PASS, Switzerland — On the hairpin bend of a Swiss mountain pass, a Victorian-era hotel built for tourists to admire the Rhone Glacier has been abandoned now that the ice has retreated nearly 1.2 miles uphill.
Where mighty glaciers once spilled into Swiss valleys like frozen rivers of ice, a residue of gray scree and boulders remains, spliced through with raging streams.
A collection of images — showing photos of modern-day mountain landscapes next to archive shots of the same scenes decades earlier — reveals the dramatic change.
More than 500 Swiss glaciers have already vanished, and the government says 90 percent of the remaining 1,500 will go by the end of the century if nothing is done to cut emissions.
Their retreat is expected to have a major impact on water levels — possibly raising them initially as the ice melts but depleting them long term. Officials fear the changes could trigger rockfalls and other hazards and affect the economy.
The Belvedere Hotel, built in the 1880s during a surge in Alpine tourists, was an early victim of the decline. Once the scene of wild parties, it features in a James Bond car chase in “Goldfinger.”
Visitors can still walk into a cave carved into the glacier. But the ice above is now draped with huge white sheets to reflect the sun’s heat. Despite such efforts, meltwater has formed a green lake.
Down the valley, a mid-19th-century photograph shows the glacier’s bulging snout more than 100 meters thick. Now animals graze and a river meanders on the same spot.
In another archive photograph taken in the late 19th century in front of the Aletsch Glacier — the largest in the Alps — a man sits on a boulder in front of a huge ice channel that merges with the main ice stream below. Today they no longer join.
Landlocked Switzerland is warming at twice the global rate, and over the last year its glaciers have lost 2 percent of volume, said Mathias Huss, who heads Switzerland’s glacier monitoring institute, GLAMOS, which has data stretching back 150 years.
“We have never seen such a fast rate of glacial decline since the measurements have started,” he said.
Some hope that politics can make a difference, especially after the Green party surged in an October election.
The Glacier Initiative, calling for more climate measures, collected more than the 100,000 signatures required to trigger a referendum and will be sent to Bern this week.
But the glaciers will keep shrinking, scientists say. “The Alps will still be beautiful in my opinion, but they will be different,” Huss said. (Reuters)
Drag the slider across each pair of images to see changes in the last year.
The Aletsch Glacier at the Eggishorn
1877: The Aletsch Glacier is pictured from the Eggishorn between 1860 and 1877 in Fieschertal, Switzerland. (Photo: Adolphe Braun/Glaziologische Kommission der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz/ETH Library Zurich/Handout via Reuters)
2019: People sit above the Aletsch Glacier, Sept. 4, 2019. (Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The Aletsch Glacier in Belalp
1865: The Aletsch Glacier in Belalp, Switzerland, pictured in 1865. (Photo: Adolphe Braun/Glaziologische Kommission der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz/ETH Library Zurich/Handout via Reuters)
2019: The Aletsch Glacier, Sept. 3, 2019. (Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The Eiger, Guggi and Giesen Glaciers
1900: The Eiger, Guggi and Giesen Glaciers, in Wengen, Switzerland, near the Jungfrau, are pictured between 1890 and 1900. (Photo: Library of Congress/Handout via Reuters)
2019: The Eiger, Guggi and Giesen Glaciers, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The Lower Grindelwald Glacier
1858: The Lower Grindelwald Glacier in Grindelwald, Switzerland, in 1858. (Photo: Glaziologische Kommission der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz/ETH Library Zurich/Handout via Reuters)
2019: The Lower Grindelwald Glacier, Aug. 27, 2019. (Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The Rhone Glacier
1849: The Rhone Glacier in Furka, Switzerland, pictured in 1849. (Photo: Leo Wehrli/Verein Schweizerischer Geographie-Lehrer/ETH Library Zurich/Handout via Reuters)
2019: The Rhone Glacier, Aug. 21, 2019. (Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
The Trient Glacier
1891: The Trient Glacier in Trient, Switzerland, pictured in 1891. (Photo: Glaziologische Kommission der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz/ETH Library Zurich/Handout via Reuters)
2019: The Trient Glacier, Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo: Denis Balibouse/Reuters)
(Writing and additional reporting by Emma Farge; editing by Andrew Heavens)