• Storm crews get to work in Maryland

    1/3/14 7:03 PM

    Bowie resident Diane Martone says the key to handling this weather is being prepared.

  • Amtrak to operate modified schedule Jan. 3

    1/2/14 4:28 PM

    Amtrak has announced that it will operate a modified snow schedule on Friday, January 3 in order to help minimize the impact of the Northeast winter storm on travelers.

  • Remembering the snowiest winter in Washington's history

    12/19/13 12:44 PM

    The winter of 2009-10 was the most unprecedented series of snow events that the nation's capital had ever seen, and throughout the area, people remember the three storms that dumped 56 inches of snow.

  • More Snow Brushes DC Suburbs

    12/14/13 10:31 PM Comment

    Now that the winter storm is winding down, here is a look at snowfall totals across the region. After three winter storms in one week, what's next?

  • Tips for driving in icy conditions

    12/8/13 10:57 PM

    With bitter cold temperatures having settled in over the region, highway officials are warning people to stay off slick roads and, if they must go out, take extra care when getting behind the wheel.

  • Winter Storm Warning extended to 10 a.m. Monday

    12/8/13 5:42 PM

    A Winter Storm Warning that has been in effect for many western parts of the D.C. area throughout Sunday has been extended through 10 a.m. Monday across the entire region.

  • D.C. ice and snow storm live blog

    12/8/13 2:17 PM

    Follow the latest on the nasty ice and snow storm that's barreling through the D.C. area with our Stormwatch 7 live blog.

  • D.C.-area storm related road closures

    12/8/13 8:08 AM

    As ice and snow fall across the Washington metro area on Sunday, roads are likely to become slick and, in some areas, rather dangerous.

  • What to do if your power goes out

    12/7/13 4:38 PM Comment

    Did your power get knocked out, or are you getting ready for the onset of Wednesday's storm? Here's some vital information about how to prepare and who to call if you're in the dark.

  • Winter storm organizes across the country

    12/4/13 6:03 PM

    Bitterly cold temperatures moving in have prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California. Forecasters say the chill is coming from a wintry storm riding a jet stream.

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for parts of D.C. area

    11/25/13 2:28 PM

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the most of the counties in Maryland and Virginia to the west of Washington.

  • Thanksgiving 2013 weather: Snow, ice coat parts of west, midwest, south

    11/25/13 12:28 PM

    An icy storm that started in the West and is blamed in at least 10 fatal accidents was bringing a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas on Monday

  • Illinois, Indiana tornadoes leave trail of devastation, death

    11/18/13 5:34 PM

    An unusually large and strong late-season storm system ripped through several states across the Midwest on Sunday, spawning tornadoes and tearing through homes and overturning cars along its path.

  • Typhoon Haiyan death toll jumps to 4,460

    11/14/13 4:01 PM

    Six days after the disaster, some progress was being made in providing food, water and medical aid to the half-million people displaced in the Philippines.

  • Typhoon Haiyan victims need medial supplies, but doctors face delays

    11/12/13 12:42 PM

    The day after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippine coast, a team of 15 doctors and logistics experts was ready to fly here to the worst-hit city to help. On Tuesday, they were still waiting to leave.

  • Storm in Europe kills 13 with hurricane-force winds, flooding

    10/28/13 2:34 PM

    The death toll from a severe storm that ripped across Britain and onto mainland Europe has risen to 13, with the U.K. and Germany hit the hardest.

  • D.C. storm: Brief storm pushes through area

    10/7/13 7:09 PM

    A line of potentially severe storms swept through the D.C. region Monday, bringing gusty winds and two inches of water in some areas.

  • Blizzard coats South Dakota, Wyoming with rare autumn snow

    10/4/13 4:25 PM

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Blizzards rolled into parts of Wyoming and South Dakota on Friday, bringing the snow-savvy states to an unseasonably early winter standstill and even forcing a tourist town to cancel its annual Octoberfest's polka-dancing bar crawl.

    A foot of snow had fallen in western South Dakota's scenic Black Hills by early Friday, though residents were bracing for as much as 3 feet of snow and wind gusts of up to 70 mph. The storm system also spawned a tornado in Nebraska, blanketed Colorado's northern mountains with snow and was threatening to push strong thunderstorms as far east as Wisconsin.

    Julie Lee said she and fellow members of her White Rose Band were accustomed to snow, just "not for the fourth of October." They had barely unloaded their instruments in South Dakota's Old West casino town of Deadwood before the wet, heavy snow started falling and closed part of Interstate 90, the area's only interstate.

    "Our car is like an igloo," said Lee, who sings and plays the clarinet and saxophone for her North Dakota-based polka band. "I'm glad we got everything out."

    The weather, which even forecasters acknowledged was rare, prompted Deadwood officials to postpone their annual Octoberfest, including Friday night's dancing-and-singing pub crawl and Saturday's Wiener Dog Races and Beer Barrel Games. But Lee said she and her accordion-playing husband, who had planned to set up in a casino bar, still planned to entertain stranded guests because "you can only gamble for so long."

    Officials were warning drivers to stay off the roads in the Black Hills and in eastern Wyoming, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common. Forecasters urged people trying to travel to carry survival kits and to stay in their vehicles if they get stranded.

    "I've lived in Wyoming my whole life and I've never seen it like this this early," Patricia Whitman, shift manager at the Flying J truck stop in Gillette, said in a telephone interview Friday morning. She said her truck stop's parking lot was full of travelers waiting out the storm.

    "I know several of the businesses nearby are completely closed because they can't even get workers into work - it's pretty nasty," she said.

    The snow also snapped tree limbs that knocked out power lines in parts of the state, causing thousands of people to lose power.

    It was a similar scene at the typically bustling Pilot Travel Center in western South Dakota near Rapid City, about 40 miles southwest of Deadwood. It was like a ghost town Friday morning, which store general manager John Barton attributed to drivers likely heeding forecasters' warnings to stay off the roads.

    The blowing snow was picking up outside the truck stop along Interstate 90, which was closed for about 30 miles because of the weather. Conditions were expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

    "Yesterday we were really busy," Barton said. "I think a lot of people got ahead of it."

    Although early October snowfalls aren't unusual for the region, a storm of such magnitude happens only once every decade or two on the Plains, National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Trimarchi said.

    "I couldn't say when the last time we've had one like this. It's been quite a while," Trimarchi said.

    Large hail and powerful winds were forecast to hit northwest Oklahoma later Friday, while heavy rain settled in parts of Iowa and was expected to swoop northeast across the region into Wisconsin.

    In Nebraska, a tornado that touched down Thursday night damaged homes and businesses in several communities, knocked out power and toppled trees. But no injuries have been reported.

    Snow also was still falling across northern Colorado on Friday, though no major problems were being reported. Forecasters expect snow to be the heaviest in the higher mountains, while the Denver metropolitan area was reporting rain turning into snow.

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