Private plane makes emergency landing on a highway due to snowy conditions
At least 50 people have been killed across the country over the past two weeks as severe weather plagues the United States.
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 13 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.
The snow that has slammed the Pacific Northwest is now travelling east. The midwest can expect a ‘surge of arctic air’ on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Missouri and Kansas could experience below-zero temperatures into the weekend.
Meanwhile, in Florida, meteorologists say low temperatures could impact wildlife, leading to a rare weather-related phenomenon: falling iguanas.
The severe winter storms have unleashed chaos across the country, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and delays across the country.
Buffalo Bills request snow shovelers for second time in a week
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.
Kelly Rissman19 January 2024 20:00
Sub-zero temperatures causes Chicago mayor to postpone migrant shelter evictions
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.”
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West Virginia’s winter storm causes legislative delays
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.
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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.
Kelly Rissman19 January 2024 18:30
A hero emerges
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.
Kelly Rissman19 January 2024 18:00
Cold weather and the risk of falling iguanas
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.
Kelly Rissman19 January 2024 17:30
State of Emergency in Oregon
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A week of cancelled flights
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.
Kelly Rissman19 January 2024 16:30
Satellite captures snow sweeping across the Great Lakes
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- 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.
Kelly Rissman19 January 2024 15:30