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USA winter storms 2013 - 2014Heavy snow, thunderstorms moving into Midwest
Oct 4, 2013 — Powerful storms crawled into the Midwest on Friday, dumping heavy snow in South Dakota, spawning a tornado in Nebraska and threatening dangerous thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.
A foot of snow had fallen in western South Dakota's scenic Black Hills by early Friday, bringing blizzard conditions that shuttered roadways and even canceled a polka bar crawl in an Old West tourist town. Residents were bracing for as much as 3 feet of snow, along with wind gusts of up to 70 mph, from an unseasonably intense fall snow storm.
The typically bustling Pilot Travel Center just west of Rapid City was like a ghost town Friday morning, as drivers were likely heeding forecasters' warnings to stay off the roads, said store general manager John Barton.
The blowing snow was picking up outside the truck stop along Interstate 90, which was closed for about 30 miles thanks to a storm gaining strength as it moved in from Colorado and Wyoming. 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, a storm of this 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.
The storm canceled Friday's Oktoberfest events in Deadwood, where residents and tourists had been planning to polka their way through a bar tour of the gambling town. Organizers also postponed Saturday's planned Wiener Dog Races and Beer Barrel Games until next weekend, said Deadwood Chamber of Commerce director George Milos.
"Even if the snow stops falling, there'd still be so much to clean up," Milos said, noting that weather hasn't canceled a fall event in about 14 years. "We had a concert on Main Street and got 5 feet of snow," he recalled.
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, where warnings were issued for dense fog.
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.
Motorists were being advised to stay off the roads in western South Dakota, where the I-90 were closed between Sturgis and the Wyoming border. Officials said the road will remain closed until storm conditions improve and crews are able to clear the highway.
The Department of Transportation also advised no travel on some other roadways in the region.
Blizzard warnings were also in effect in Wyoming, where up to 15 inches of snow and strong winds were expected to cause whiteout conditions. Forecasters urged people trying to travel to carry survival kits and to stay in their vehicles if they get stranded.
"These are just really dangerous conditions," Steve Rubin, of the National Weather Service, said Friday.
Snow also was still falling across northern Colorado early 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.
Oct 5, 2013 ThunderBlizzard named Atlas blasted through Wyoming, western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska.
44 inches of snow fell in Lead, S.D.
Atlas is expected Saturday from Chicago to Little Rock.
Tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa, SD
15 hurt as tornadoes sweep through Great Plains
A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in snow also brought thunderstorms and tornadoes to the Great Plains.
The storm dumped at least 33 inches of snow in South Dakota Black Hills.
Later in the day, thunderstorms rolled across the Plains, and tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
Wayne, Nebraska reported a 2-mile-wide twister that destroyed 4 homes and damaged businesses.
Iowa said a mile-wide tornado touched down near Cherokee, cutting a 2- to 3-mile path through farmland but missing any population centers.
Tornadoes cause damage, injuries across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota
Multiple tornadoes — one of them a mile wide — struck Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota on Friday, injuring up to 15 people and causing significant damage, meteorologists and local authorities said.
The Weather Channel counted 17 reports of tornadoes across the three states. The National Weather Service reported late Friday that it had confirmed six of the reports — four of them in Iowa.
The injuries were reported in Wayne, Neb., where a tornado hit about 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET). Providence Medical Center said it was treating seven "walking wounded" and seven others who were injured in auto accidents. A trauma patient was being treated at a second hospital, it said.
At least ten buildings were destroyed and five were heavily damaged, including the city's softball complex, according to the Associated Press. All roads into the city were closed, the Nebraska State Patrol said.
Several people were trapped in a building, and a hazardous materials crew was en route to evaluate a gas leak at a supply company, Jodie Fawl, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, told The Omaha World-Herald.
"The tornado ripped through the east side of town" about three blocks from Wayne State College, Jay Collier, a spokesman for the college, told the Omaha paper. "We are doing everything we can to assist the city."
The Wayne Daily News reported late Friday that many buildings in the town's main industrial park were destroyed or heavily damaged, along with several homes south of the city.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman declared Wayne a disaster area.
Lucinda Robertson, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, told NBC News that a tornado was also reported to have touched down in rural Woodbury County.
Woodbury County Sheriff's Lt. Tony Wingert said parts of the area were heavily damaged.
"It's a mess," Wingert told the Argus Leader newspaper of nearby Sioux Falls, S.D. "We have more than 30 rural homes destroyed, farms destroyed. We don't have a number for the number of cars destroyed."
So far, no injuries had been reported, he said.
Major damage was also reported in Quimby, Iowa, after a twister touched down around 7:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said. And preliminary assessments indicated significant damage in the town of Moville, Iowa, where a tornado estimated at a mile wide hit at 6:57 p.m.
The National Weather Service, citing local firefighters, said damage was also reported in Jefferson, S.D., where Steve Stouffer told The Sioux City Journal that he was outside when the storm hit his neighborhood.
"I saw a wall of water coming, and then the wind switched from the east to the south real fast," he said. "Then I decided it was time to go into the house."
While scattered tornado watches remained in effect at 10:30 p.m. ET, most advisories across the region had been downgraded to severe thunderstorm warnings.
The National Weather Service said the tornadoes were part of a "supercell" storm system that moved into the Midwest after it dumped almost 3 feet of snow on parts of Wyoming and South Dakota.
At least three deaths have been blamed on the snow after a pickup truck skidded and went out of control Friday morning on snow-slickened U.S. Highway 20 in Dawes County in northeastern Nebraska, investigators said.
Unseasonably early snow storms bury Wyoming and South Dakota
October 4, 2013 – It may only be October, but a severe snowstorm has already buffeted Wyoming and South Dakota and threatens the rest of the Midwest Friday. This unseasonably early snow is strong with almost three feet of snow falling in South Dakota, and residents preparing for even more. Winter Storm Atlas is also expected to bring heavy snowfall, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to parts of the Rockies, the Plains and Midwest. “I’ve lived in Wyoming my whole life and I’ve never seen it like this, this early. I know several of the businesses nearby are completely closed because they can’t even get workers into work — it’s pretty nasty,” Patricia Whitman, a truck stop shift manager, said to the Associated Press. Winter Storm Atlas could be the earliest snowfall on record in towns throughout the Midwest, and it’s already made its impact felt. The snow has crushed tree lines and destroyed power lines, causing many residents in Wyoming and South Dakota to lose power. Accuweather.com reports that the storm has caused 470 flight delays at Denver International Airport. Numerous roads have been closed, including sections of the I-90 and I-25. It also spawned a tornado in Nebraska, although no one was injured when it touched down. The storm is expected to dissipate over the weekend, with highs in Denver to reach the 70s by early next week. –PBS
Blizzard Leaves Some Buried, Creates Travel Woes
Blizzard conditions blasted through Wyoming, western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska on Friday through Saturday morning, shutting down travel. In some areas, the snow fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
As of midday Saturday, a trained spotter reported 48 inches of snow near Deadwood, S.D.
A storm responsible for bringing record rainfall to parts of the Northwest last weekend blasted areas from the Rockies to the Plains and Midwest with snow, wind, rain, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes through early Saturday. Another round of severe storms is expected later on Saturday from Chicago to Little Rock.
S.D. blizzard kills 75,000 cattle
Oct 8, 2013 Atlas Kills Thousands of Cattle in South Dakota
Tens of thousands of animals found dead in wake of freak storm.
A record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in parts of South Dakota left ranchers dealing with heavy losses, some lost half their herds.
The livestock loss is just catastrophic.
Farmers donate cattle after South Dakota blizzard kills livestock
December 01, 2013 Hope on hooves is arriving in South Dakota, one heifer at a time.
A month after a freak blizzard dumped up to 4 feet of snow in western South Dakota, killing about 14,000 cattle, 45 donated cattle from Montana designed to serve as breeding stock were sent on Friday to ranchers in The Mount Rushmore State. Another 400 cattle, including yearling and bred heifers worth as much as $75,000, have also been sent to South Dakota from neighboring Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota to help the afflicted ranchers get back on their feet ahead of the looming harsh winter.
“The support from other states has been phenomenal,” Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, told FoxNews.com early Monday. “We have volunteers from in the state who have helped with cleanup, we have people from surrounding states who shipped heifers and about $1.5 million has been donated to the Rancher Relief Fund.”
4 dead after Halloween storms bring major flooding
Nov 1, 2013 Strong winds and heavy rains swept through a region from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the eastern Great Lakes on Halloween, killing four.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A violent Halloween storm from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the eastern Great Lakes killed at least three people, two in Texas and one in Tennessee, and contributed to the overturning of a school bus in a rain-swollen creek in Kansas.
Strong winds and heavy rains swept through the region and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour were still forecast for Friday afternoon in some regions.
The National Weather Service said it received 230 reports of high winds across 12 states from Louisiana to Pennsylvania, and reports of tornadoes in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky and Illinois, although none did major damage.
In Nashville, a 9-year-old boy was electrocuted by a downed power line, according to Metro Nashville Police.
"It has not been determined exactly how he contacted the wire, which was knocked down by a large tree limb during high winds," police said in a statement. Local television stations reported he was on his bike when he made contact with the wire.
Fallen power lines littered Tennessee in the wake of 40 to 50 mph winds, said Scott Unger of the National Weather Service in Nashville. Thousands lost power, officials said.
Another death in Tennessee was not related to the weather. A 4-year-old boy in White Pine, Tennessee, was killed by the family van while out trick-or-treating, according to local media reports. He apparently jumped from the open side door of the van and was run over by a back wheel.
Many towns and cities in the path of the storm had postponed trick-or-treating.
Three people died in Texas from the storm, officials said. A man's body was found Thursday in a swollen creek in southeast Austin, officials said. A woman, 31, was found about a mile and a half from her car in another Austin creek on Friday as the search continues for her 8-month-old daughter, said Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade. A man in rural Caldwell County died Thursday after being trapped in his car by high water, officials said.
In rural south-central Kansas, a school bus slid off a road and into a creek and fell on its side, requiring the rescue of 10 children and the driver, said Chris Davis, 911 director for Butler County. Water from the creek covered the low-lying road after heavy rain earlier Thursday, Davis said Friday.
Ten elementary school-age children climbed out the windows onto the side of the bus and were rescued by boats in fast-moving water, Davis said. One child was taken to the hospital with minor injures while the driver was hospitalized after suffering a back injury and hypothermia, Davis said.
"The water was about halfway up the side of the bus," Davis said.
30 to 40 below zero on Wednesday night through Thursday night
Dec 4, 2013 DOT Advises No Travel Along I-90 as Snowstorm Lashes Upper Midwest. A pair of storms is unleashing heavy snow and strong winds causing poor visibility from the northern Plains and Upper Midwest to the southern Rockies.
Dangerous cold and treacherous travel conditions are also spreading across the region.
The worst of the snow is likely through Wednesday from eastern North and South Dakota to northern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and neighboring Canada. The worst of the cold following the storm will also focus over this area.
US snow storm named Cleon Dec 3 - 6, 2013
2013-2014 Winter Storms
ATLAS Oct 14, 2013
Winter Storm Atlas: Snow Totals and Photos from South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana
SD Livestock Deaths: Pits for Dead Cattle
Winter Storm Atlas could have long-term economic consequences for South Dakota ranchers, state officials said.
BOREAS Nov 28, 2013
California to Maine complicated Thanksgiving travel.
CLEON December 1 - 6
Winter Storm Cleon: Major Ice Storm in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, West Tennessee, Western Kentucky; Snow from Plains to Ohio Valley
Winter Storm Dion to Bring Snow, Ice From California to the Northeast
Dion will move from California to the East Coast this weekend into early next week.
Cold snap felt across western half of nation
Dec 5, 2013 A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions blamed in at least six deaths as it threatens crops as far south as California.
The wind chill could drop to 30 degrees below zero in parts of Montana Wednesday while wind chills of minus 20 have already been recorded in the Nebraska Panhandle. Low temperatures in the Denver area were expected to drop below zero over the next several days.
Feeling it here too in North Texas -
the grocery stores are packed today and everyone was let out of work/school early b/c the storm is going to hit here this weekend too.
Fallin declares state of emergency; Snow, sleet to continue through Friday in Tulsa area
12/5/13 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin today declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the winter storm impacting the state.
"The weather is bad and getting worse," said Fallin in a news release. "Emergency personnel are coordinating with state and local officials to ensure we are prepared and ready for whatever comes our way."
The declaration allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
Under the Executive Order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.
In addition, Oklahoma’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahoma’s price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services when a state of emergency has been declared.
Winter storm brings icy blast to wide swath of United States
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - People from Texas to New York were bundling up on Thursday against winter weather that closed schools and businesses, blanketed roads and power lines with ice and threatened to disrupt travel across a wide swath of the United States.
The southern plains and central region, including Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas were expected to be especially hard hit, according to the National Weather Service.
In Little Rock, Arkansas, people scrambled to stock their cupboards as temperatures plunged. Many grocery stores reported running low on bread, milk, bottled water and snack foods by noon Thursday.
Holly Vines, a Little Rock resident, hoped she could still find something on the shelves.
Nasty snow, sleet, ice storm named Cleon
Dec 1 - 7, 2013 USA - One of the Worst Ice Storms in Years Unfolds From Texas to Kentucky
An ice storm will affect millions of people into Friday and threaten to cut power for hundreds of thousands from northern Texas to western Kentucky.
Travel by vehicle or foot will be dangerous during and after the storm, due to icy roads and falling trees and power lines.
Dallas to Little Rock, Ark.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Evansville, Ind.; and Louisville, Ky.
will be affected by a period of freezing rain that will build up on exposed surfaces, including trees and power lines.
In some locations, the storm has the potential to allow one half an inch or more of ice to accumulate on the ground and accrue on elevated surfaces.
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ICE FRIDAY Dec 6
The Obama mafia curses Israel, which is drawing Gods wrath on the USA!
The bond between the US and Israel is unbreakable? All Obama has done is break it!
Gods judgment is fast when His land is threatened! NOW YOU KNOW WHY.
At least from what I see outside, the snow stopped this morning - however, the temperatures are so cold, and not much sunlight, that pretty much all of the snow that landed on the ground is still stuck. Still not able to open my front door and gates. But hey - the Lord is providing for us(food, clothing, warmth inside the house, etc), so we are very thankful!
1The 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
'Worst ice storm' in years wallops Texas, much of the Midwest
DALLAS — Tens of thousands of people remained without power here late Friday after a massive winter storm blanketed North Texas in a thick coat of freezing rain and sleet.
Police pleaded with motorists to stay off frozen freeways. Ice on power lines forced public transportation officials to suspend the region’s light rail service.
Dallas’ woes are part of a severe cold snap stretching more than a 1,000 miles from the southern Plains to New England.
“This will be the worst ice storm for the United States since January 2009 and will affect many of the same areas as that storm,” said Jesse Ferrell, weather expert and storm chaser for AccuWeather.com.
The National Weather Service issued ice and winter storm advisories for more than a dozen states. Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee — where thousands are also without power — have already declared states of emergency. Treacherous driving conditions were blamed for several deaths across the country, according to The Associated Press.
Government forecasters warned of possible prolonged power outages in some areas from Central Texas to the Lower Ohio Valley.
While the precipitation had moved out of North Texas by Friday afternoon, the weather service painted a frigid picture as the storm rumbles east:
As the upper-level forcing associated with the arctic front pushes eastward this evening and tomorrow, the threat of wintry precipitation will shift eastward from the Mid-south into the Appalachians, northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England as the night progresses. Additional ice accumulations of less than a quarter of an inch are expected from extreme northern Mississippi northeastward to southern New England through early Saturday. Behind the band of freezing rain, snow is expected to accumulate 1 to 5 inches from across the central Appalachians through central New England through tonight.
Jeff Masters, a meteorologist at Weather Underground, wrote that the arctic air “will bring temperatures 10 to 40 degrees below average to more than 80 percent of the contiguous U.S. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.”
The winter weather crippled airports as well. Thousands of flights were canceled across the country. American Airlines, headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth, called off nearly 1,000 flights.
In North Texas where temperatures are not expected to get above freezing until possibly Sunday afternoon, the storm dumped 1 to 3 inches of sleet late Thursday and early Friday. Freezing rain snapped tree branches and crusted power lines in ice.
Customers and power companies were using social media to report and respond to outages.
In Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, reserve power line crews were being called in from other states to try and restore heat to homes.
In Richardson, north of Dallas, Amanda Fancher said she was roused out of bed at 4 a.m. Friday when a 35-year-old hackberry tree came crashing down in her front yard. The impact set off the alarm on a car parked nearby.
“It was a really big tree,” Fancher told Yahoo News. “It's crazy that it didn't land on anything. The whole tree is covered in ice.”
The hardest-hit areas could see more of the same by Saturday when a second storm system, which is already bringing snow to parts of California, Oregon and Nevada, pushes east across the Plains and into the Midwest.
The frigid forecast was unwelcome news to some 25,000 runners who had planned to participate in Sunday's Dallas Marathon. Race officials called off the event early Friday afternoon.
“We regret that the race will not go on as planned, but are confident this decision is in the best interest of our runners, volunteers, spectators and the general public,” the organizers wrote on their website.
Thousands without power as deadly winter storm slams South, Midwest
December 07, 2013 DALLAS – Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday:
mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.
Earlier this week, many in Texas were basking in spring-like temperatures that hit the 80s. But by Thursday, Texas was facing the same wintry blast that has slammed much of the U.S., bringing frigid temperatures, ice and snow.
The weather forced the cancellation of Sunday's Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months. A quarter of a million customers in North Texas were left without power, and many businesses told employees to stay home to avoid the slick roads.
Snow in Vegas?
December 7, 2013 Saturday
More sleet and subfreezing temperatures are predicted to hit areas from Dallas to Memphis until Sunday, and Little Rock, Arkansas, until Monday.
The nation's capital will not be spared from the cold either. Snow or sleet is forecast for Washington on Sunday.
In some cases, the weather has been deadly.
In Texas, a passenger was killed Thursday when a vehicle lost control and crashed into another car in Hockley County, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
An Arkansas man was killed late Thursday when a tree fell on his camper in Pope County, the Department of Emergency Management said,
Highway Patrol officials in Oklahoma blamed at least one death, in Muskogee, on the weather.
In New Mexico, drivers dealt with icy roads. One person died in a semi crash near Clines Corners.
About 116 storm-related injuries have been reported in Oklahoma, including 48 falls, the state health department said.
States of emergency
Memphis called off the annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon, which was scheduled for Saturday. The city's lowest temperature will be around 18 degrees Saturday.
The governors of Tennessee and Arkansas declared states of emergency ahead of the worst of the storm.
Nearly 30,000 were without power in Arkansas, energy companies reported.
Pilot tries to land a huge passenger jet in Alabama
The crosswinds were too strong. WATCH him try to land SIDEWAYS!
|BornAgain2 wrote: |
|At least from what I see outside, the snow stopped this morning - however, the temperatures are so cold, and not much sunlight, that pretty much all of the snow that landed on the ground is still stuck. Still not able to open my front door and gates. But hey - the Lord is providing for us (food, clothing, warmth inside the house, etc), so we are very thankful!
1The 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
We never know what each day will bring.
THAT is why we need to always have about a month worth of food and needs at home - always.
Cant get out your door?
Yeah, all of this is very bizarre, to say the least(it was Spring-like temperatures earlier in the week here in North Texas) - HAARP/weather control modification is likely behind this, and wouldn't surprise me if this whole system has been compromised now.
Winter Storm Dion to Bring Snow, Ice From West to the Northeast
Dec 7, 2013 Dion, the fourth named winter storm of the 2013-14 season, will result in more snow and ice for some of the same areas impacted by Winter Storm Cleon.
Dion initially will produce snow in the West through Saturday night.
From there, Dion will then spread snow and ice from the Midwest to the Mid-South, Ohio Valley, Middle Atlantic and Northeast Saturday night into Monday.
Snow, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.
Weather forecasters say the powerful weather system has Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic in its icy sights next.
Temperatures in Montana and South Dakota were more than 20 degrees below zero during the day Saturday while much of the Midwest was in the teens and single digits. Wind chill readings could drop as low as 50 below zero in northwestern Minnesota, weather officials said.
Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee, and Virginia officials warned residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape Sunday, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads.
In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay area and about a half-dozen traffic-related deaths were blamed on the weather in several states.
Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said.
Tina Pacheco, her husband and two friends were traveling through Texas on their way to Mexico when the ice-laden interstate became so treacherous that traffic came to a standstill. They were forced to spend Friday night in their pickup truck. They parked on a service road and kept the truck running for heat.
"We couldn't go anywhere," she said, adding, "It's a good thing we had gas."
Jody Gonzalez, chief of Denton County Emergency Services, said about 200 people were in shelters in the Sanger area after getting stuck on the highway. People in that area of I-35 were driving through ruts in 4-inch-thick ice, he said.
Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Michelle Releford said road graders and more sand and salt trucks were being sent to try to ease the ice problems.
"We're sending in everything we've got," said Releford.
About 75,000 customers in the Dallas area were without power Saturday, down from a peak of more than 270,000. Oklahoma utilities reported more than 7,500 power outages across the state and western Arkansas.
Some 400 departing flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were canceled, about half of the usual schedule, the airport said. About 3,330 passengers had stayed overnight in the terminals.
Among those stranded in Dallas was Narasimhan Rangarajan of Chennai, India, who was on his way to see his brother in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He laughed that his vacation had been "not so good so far." He said he hoped his flight Saturday night to Salt Lake City would take off.
Freezing rain and sleet are likely again Saturday night in Memphis, Nashville and other areas of Tennessee before the storm starts surging northeast.
"It looks like we're going to be stuck with this for one, two, maybe three days," said Memphis attorney Sam Chafetz, who was going home early to enjoy some bourbon-soaked sweet potatoes left over from Thanksgiving.
"I'm not afraid of the ice and snow, I'm afraid of the other drivers who don't know how to drive in it," Chafetz said.
In Virginia, state Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard said the storm had the potential to be a "historic ice event."
"This forecast is very concerning to us," Southard said Saturday. "I've worked multiple disasters, but I've never worked an ice storm with a forecast like this. It's just really important for everybody to take extra precautions."
The weather forced the cancellation of countless events, including Sunday's Dallas Marathon, which was expected to draw 25,000 runners, some of whom had trained for months, and the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, expected to include 20,000.
Meanwhile, a football game between Central Florida and Southern Methodist in ice-covered Dallas went on in front of a sparse crowd.
Around 7 inches of snow fell in northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel, according to the National Weather Service in Memphis, and 8 to 9 inches fell in parts of southern Indiana. The storm dumped a foot of snow and more in some areas of Illinois, with police scrambling to respond to dozens of accidents and forced scores of schools to remain closed.
Ice accumulated on trees and power lines in Memphis and the rest of West Tennessee after layers of sleet fell throughout the region Friday but most roads were passable Saturday.
Looking ahead, the National Weather Service says a wind chill advisory is in effect for parts of northeast Arkansas and the Missouri boot heel. Forecasters say wind chill readings between zero and minus-5 degrees may occur. Usually in the area, snowstorms are followed by fairly quick rebounds into warm weather, but not this time.
Ice had built up on the windshields and roofs of parked cars throughout Memphis into Saturday. Law enforcement reported an increase in traffic crashes, and scattered power outages affected more than 3,000 people, emergency and utility officials said.
Residents were told to prepare for a few days without power, prompting them to rush to stores to stock up on groceries, buy electricity generators and gas up their cars. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell reminded residents to check on family and friends who are elderly, disabled or live alone.
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Winter Storm Dion
Dec 9, 2013 Winter Storm Dion will result in more snow and ice for some of the same areas impacted by Cleon.
Dion produced snow in Washington, California, Nevada and now is spreading snow and ice from the Midwest to the Mid-South, Ohio Valley, Middle Atlantic and Northeast.
Snow, Ice Cut Power to 50,000 in DC
Winter Storm Electra
Dec 12, 2013 Winter Storm Electra Snow, ice from Ozarks to New England, more winter weather is to spread through the eastern third of the nation. Freezing rain, sleet and snow will spread from eastern Kansas into northern Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.
This will continue northeast over Indiana, Ohio, southern Michigan, and Kentucky. Then on to New York City, PA, Washington, D.C.
FOLKS! ITS WINTER! WE GET SNOW!