The ‘snow drought’ is finally over in the Triangle. Here’s how much fell in NC by Simone Jasper•The “snow drought” finally ended in the Triangle, and data shows how much likely fell in the region.Wintry weather pushed through parts of central and eastern North Carolina on Thursday, blanketing areas with up to 5 inches of snow, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service.Though the Triangle didn’t have the most snow in the state, accumulation was reported in all its counties.Durham, Orange and Wake recorded snowfall totals of 1.5 to 3.5 inches, according to unofficial figures from the National Weather Service’s Raleigh office.More snow fell to the northeast, with about 4 inches falling in Franklin, Vance and other counties near the Virginia border, a map shows. The brunt of the accumulation was east of Roanoke Rapids, an area that saw about 5 inches, the weather service says.Not too far away, some communities escaped measurable snowfall.Less than 1 inch fell near Fayetteville, while snow wasn’t recorded in the Wilmington area and parts of the Outer Banks, records show.That’s because temperatures “very close to” the shore lingered around 34 to 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.But further inland, temperatures plunged below freezing, meaning rain turned into snow, officials say.Last week’s storm was the first time the Raleigh area had gotten snow since December 2018, ending a so-called “snow drought,” The News & Observer reported. Typically, 7.9 inches of snow fall in the area each year.After the snow, black ice remained a danger for drivers on Friday, according to The News & Observer.
After a snowy Tuesday in the Plains, a winter storm will dump snow in a 1,200-mile stretch from Missouri to Maine from Wednesday into Thursday, causing travel disruptions and school closings.
In Kansas on Tuesday, one person died and a section of Interstate 70 was closed for several hours after heavy snowfall caused multiple accidents, officials said. Snow was also reported in portions of South Dakota, Nebraska and eastern Colorado.
As the system moves east, winter weather advisories and winter storm watches have been issued by the National Weather Service from the central Plains to northern New England. More than 25 million people live where there is some level of a winter weather alert.
Cities such as Chicago and Detroit are in the path of the storm.
However, Chicago may not see as much snow as had been forecast, with amounts of 2 to 5 inches now likely, primarily overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Chicago is still in the running for enough snow to make roads slippery, AccuWeather warned.
„The corridor where 6-12 inches of snow can fall has shifted south of Chicago but may be centered on Detroit; Champaign, Illinois; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Toledo, Ohio,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.
A more significant weather story in Chicago will likely be howling winds and big waves along Lake Michigan: “The winds and large battering waves combined with record-high lake levels will exacerbate already significant beach and shoreline erosion,” said the weather service in Chicago.
By Thursday, the heaviest snow will paste areas of northern New York state and northern New England, AccuWeather said. Heavy lake-effect snow will develop in the typical Great Lakes snowbelts as the system pulls away Thursday through Saturday, the Weather Channel said.
After the storm moves through, bitter cold and blustery winds will be the main weather story across much of the East.
„A much cooler air mass will settle in behind the cold front across the East Coast region by Thursday, signaling a cold end to February,” the weather service said.
Winds could be strong enough to result in sporadic power outages, AccuWeather said.
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Weather: Snowstorm threatens Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, Northeast
Amid the threat of another California drought, federal regulators have ordered that a large reservoir south of San Jose be drained because of concerns that its dam may collapse in an earthquake, leading to a massive release of water that could flood much of Silicon Valley.
Local authorities agree with the need to mitigate that risk, but not on the approach to doing so.
Because the 240-foot-high earthen Anderson Dam could fail if a major earthquake strikes on the Calaveras Fault that sits next to it, the process of emptying the reservoir should begin no later than Oct. 1, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said.
“It is unacceptable to maintain the reservoir at an elevation higher than necessary when it can be reduced, thereby decreasing the risk to public safety and the large population downstream of Anderson Dam,” David Capka, director of the FERC’s Division of Dam Safety and Inspections, wrote in a letter Thursday to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which owns the reservoir.
Anderson Reservoir, also known as Anderson Lake, was built in 1950 between San Jose and the community of Morgan Hill to the south. The lake can hold close to 90,000 acre-feet of water, accounting for more than half the district’s capacity of 170,000 acre-feet in all 10 of its reservoirs.
Since 2009, the dam’s water level has been kept at a maximum of 74% of capacity because of an assessment that it could be damaged in a magnitude 6.6 earthquake centered at the fault or a 7.2 quake with an epicenter as far as a mile away. On Monday, as the possibility of another drought loomed in California, Anderson Reservoir was just 29% full.
More than 60% of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions during what’s usually the rainy season, and there’s no precipitation in the forecast until March.
In a statement posted Monday, water district CEO Norma Camacho said the reservoir is already operating at levels below the requirements set by the FERC and the state’s Division of Safety of Dams.
HARDWICK, N.J. – After New Jersey’s state Forest Fire Service mounted a full-scale attack on a forest fire burning on the western side of Mount Tammany, flames are mostly contained, according to New Jersey fire officials.
The fire, which state officials said was about 80% contained Monday, had burned about 80 acres. The fire ignited Sunday afternoon on the a steep area of New Jersey’s Worthington State Forest and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border.
When asked for his assessment of how long before the fire was completely under control, Chris Franek, assistant division forest fire warden said Monday, “We’ll likely be here through the end of the week. We’re hoping for rain.”
The National Weather Service forecast calls for rain for Tuesday through Wednesday night. To date for February, precipitation in northwestern New Jersey is about half the average of about 2.5 inches.
Franek said about 40 to 50 people from the state Forest Fire Service’s Northern Division worked in shifts to contain the fire on Monday. They were being assisted by employees of the NPS as well as from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The two groups often train together.
Also assisting with traffic on busy Interstate 80, which snakes through the Water Gap, were crews from the New Jersey Department of Transportation who were closing off state-owned parking lots for the popular Dunnfield Creek and Appalachian National Scenic Trail, another NPS unit, which run up the side of the mountain.
The fire was reported to officials about 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, when many hikers were on the mountain – some of whom took pictures as they were told to get down off the mountain.
“I didn’t get the sense of danger,” said Knowlton Mayor Adele Starrs, who was hiking on the Red Dot trail Sunday afternoon with her three daughters, ranging in age from 4 to teenager.
“It was a beautiful day and the trails were really populated,” she said. As they were coming down the mountain about 4 p.m., she said “the smell of smoke was very strong.
Housing advocacy group YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) and a developer sue Simi Valley after it denies an assisted-living complex, testing a new state law designed to spur the creation of homes. And more people make their way out of the Golden State, blaming homelessness and crime.
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Is assisted housing really housing?
It seemed like a done deal. City planners recommended approval of the 108-unit senior care facility and it matched both the general plan and zoning. Elected officials voted it down anyway, responding to resident concerns over alleged traffic, construction noise, diminished views and fears of decreased property values.
The developer and housing advocacy group YIMBY are now suing Simi Valley, arguing the council lacks the authority to deny the project based on recently passed state housing laws.
At issue is whether a unit without a kitchen or kitchenette can be deemed a residential unit. Read more about this case, which is likely to surface again because so many residents don’t want new housing.
CSU’s expansion, California Lottery’s spending problem and Weinstein gets sick
CSU looks to expand and it’s narrowed its search to Palm Desert, Stockton, Concord, Chula Vista and San Mateo County.
Audience members of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” got $212,500 in free scratchers, a California Lottery giveaway the state controller’s office is investigating as a possible misuse of funds. Separately, the state auditor has determined the lottery may have shortchanged California schools by $36 million in fiscal year 2018.