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West braces for more stormy weather
West braces for more stormy weather

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. West faced more stormy weather Saturday after a powerful system buffeted several states, stranding drivers in Nevada, forcing the postponement of sports games in Arizona, causing water rescues in California, and leading to the deaths of four people.

The system was expected to head east and reach the opposite coast by the middle of next week, but not before hitting the Southwest again with rain, snow and wind, forecasters said.

Parts of northern New Mexico have already received a dusting of snow, but forecasters say the latest storm to bear down on the state is far from over. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque said the brunt of the storm is expected to cross into New Mexico on Saturday, bringing widespread snow through the rest of the weekend, frigid temps and gusty winds.

The fierce weather was linked to three deaths in California. Officials and news reports said the death of a person Thursday near downed power lines and a tree was being investigated in Oakland, another person died in Oakland after the man crashed into a fallen tree while apparently trying to avoid debris, and a 52-year-old woman died in Yuba County when a tree fell on the parked car in which she was sitting.

Firefighters in Tucson, Ariz., Friday recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high water in the Santa Cruz River.

Forecasters said parts of both California and Arizona can also expect more severe weather, with winter storm warnings through midday Saturday in the mountains and the Antelope Valley foothills northeast of Los Angeles. However, there's only a small chance of rainstorms like those which prompted flooding in California on Thursday.

A homeless man had to be rescued from a tree by helicopter and four others were plucked from an island after becoming trapped in the swollen Santa Ana River in California's San Bernardino County.

In northern Utah, transportation officials warned truck drivers of potential trailer-toppling gusts. No accidents had been reported, but big rigs pulled off to the side of the freeways to wait out the winds Friday morning, Utah Highway Patrol officials told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Snow in higher elevations in rural eastern Nevada's Lincoln County stranded 50 to 60 cars early Friday, dispatcher Shannon Miller said. No injuries were reported, but U.S. 93 was closed south of Ely. Sheriff's dispatch said early Saturday that the roadway had been reopened, but the office did not have any information on the stranded cars.

Snow in New Mexico and Arizona prompted some schools to delay opening Friday. Interstate 25 and roads throughout northern New Mexico were icy and packed with snow.

A flood watch was in effect until early Saturday in the Phoenix area, where several miles of the Loop 303 freeway in the western suburbs were closed due to flooding. The weather service said rain totals through Saturday morning could exceed 2 inches in the Phoenix area.

The wet conditions prompted the Arizona Interscholastic Association to push back high school football semifinal games set for Friday and Saturday. Officials rescheduled the games to Monday "due to the weather conditions, field conditions and safety of the players and fans attending the games."

Authorities, meanwhile, responded to hundreds of crashes as the storm dropped rain over desert dwellers.

At least one business in thirsty southern Nevada was rejoicing over the storm system. Officials at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort north of Sin City measured 11 1/2 inches of snow at midday Friday, with a week to spare until opening day.

Winter storm system stretching from California to Oklahoma claims 13 lives - @NBCNews

Western Winter Storm Boreas Kills 13

Winter storm Boreas has already dumped up to a foot of snow in western and southwestern Oklahoma as it make it’s trek across the US.

The massive storm has caused mass flooding, car crashes, hundreds of flight cancellations, road closures and leading to at least 13 deaths as it trekked across New Mexico and Texas on Saturday.

An improperly restrained, 4-year-old girl was killed in a rollover accident in New Mexico and three more people died in a weather-related crash in the Texas Panhandle.

Meteorologists expect the Arctic mass to head south and east, threatening travel plans for Tuesday and Wednesday, two of the busiest travel days of the year.

By early Sunday, the weather was blamed for at least eight deaths in several fatal traffic accidents. The storm has caused hundreds of rollover accidents, including one that injured three members of singer Willie Nelson’s band when their bus hit a pillar near Dallas.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings across Texas and Oklahoma until midday Monday. The system is expected to bring wintry conditions into the Southern Plains, Southeast and finally reach the Northeast during the next five days.

Boreas is expected to keep temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal along the East Coast through Thursday. Even if the system fails to deliver heavy snow, it could cause air travel disruptions with high winds, forecasters say.
Western Winter Storm Extends to Texas, Heads East

A deadly winter storm system that began in Southern California has extended to Texas and Oklahoma after sweeping through Arizona and New Mexico late last week.

The rain set records in parts of Arizona. The 1.60 inches that fell on Phoenix made Friday the city’s second wettest November day since 1895.

Near Amarillo, the storm wrecked havoc on the roads, causing traffic accidents that resulted in at least three deaths and numerous injuries.

Oldham County, Texas borders Potter County, in which Amarillo is located. Oldham County Sheriff David Medlin reported at least four inches of snow on the ground on Sunday. “Road conditions are still dangerous and people should drive cautiously and avoid roads unless absolutely needed.”

Southeast of Amarillo, icy roads are being blamed for the crash of Willie Nelson’s band’s bus. The bus spun out of control on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, Texas, about 80 miles east of Dallas. The bus crashed into a bridge pillar and while no one was seriously injured, the band has postponed shows through the end of November. Nelson was not among the passengers in the bus.

Moving on from Texas, the storm system dumped up to a foot of snow in western and southwestern Oklahoma.

The storm – being referred to by some as Winter Storm Boreas – is forecasted to reach the interior parts of the Northeast late Tuesday, bringing abnormally low temperatures, rain, and snow just in time to hamper Thanksgiving travel. Forum Index -> EARTH, Quakes, Weather
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