A new storm is expected to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest, New York and New England, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago.
The storm is forecast to move into the Midwest on Saturday night and last through Monday morning. It’s expected to be the most widespread storm of the season so far and dump a significant amount of snow from Nebraska to Maine, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s also forecast to be unusually slow-moving, meaning accumulations of between 10 to 14 inches of snow are possible for parts of northern Illinois, Indiana and northwest Ohio. Similar amounts of snow are expected for the Northeast on Monday, February 2.
The storm could make road conditions hazardous for those heading to Super Bowl parties, especially in the Midwest, where the most intense period of snow is forecast to hit Sunday right around game time. Combine that with potential wind gusts of up to 40 mph, and drivers could face terrible visibility and snarling snow drifts. The good news for game-day revelers living near public transportation in the Chicago area is that the storm is not expected to be rough enough to shut down train traffic.
Parts of New England are still recovering from a blizzard that threw down a record 34.5 inches of snow in the central Massachusetts city of Worcester, where dump trucks and front-end loaders had to be brought in to move snow.
This week’s storm hit Boston with 24 inches, and Providence, Rhode Island, had about 19 inches.
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Weather forecasters now warn of flooding as the snow melts in the north-east of the US.
Officials in New York state are worried some buildings may collapse when the rain arrives. The storms are blamed for at least 13 deaths in the area.
The state remains paralyzed by “historic” levels of snowfall.
The city of Buffalo was estimated to have received as much snow in three days as it normally gets in a year.
In parts of the city the snow was estimated to be as much as 8ft deep. Some areas received a further 3ft earlier this week.
The deaths of at least 13 people have been linked to the storms, mostly from exposure and heart attacks. Some of those who died were shoveling snow.
Weather forecasters have predicted light rain to begin over the weekend alongside warmer temperatures.
Officials in the Buffalo area of New York state have warned that the major concern now is the threat of roof collapses.
More than 30 collapses in the area have already been reported.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said boats, pumps, sand bags and other equipment had been moved to western parts of the state to deal with potential emergencies.
He said: “If the temperature goes up as quickly as they are forecasting, there is a potential for building collapses, significant flooding.”
He added: “We don’t have a crystal ball. We can’t say exactly whether there will be a flooding problem. We can’t say what kind of structure collapses we’re going to have. But we anticipate both to some extent.
“Flooding can be terrible. I mean really terrible. Flooding can be worse than the snow.”
With many roads still impassable, sporting fixtures have either been postponed or cancelled.
A flood warning remains in effect in the counties of Erie, including the city of Buffalo, Genessee, Wyoming, Chatauqua and Cattaraugus, the National Weather Service said.
A record-breaking snowstorm has already killed at least 13 people in Japan, local media reported.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and hundreds more injured, as more than 3 ft of snow fell in some areas.
The snow forced airports to cancel flights and closed roads as it barreled past Tokyo on Saturday.
Forecasters are warning of blizzards and avalanches later, as the storm moves north towards Hokkaido.
Kyodo news agency reported deaths in several prefectures near Tokyo, and other deaths as far south as Oita on Kyushu island.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated in Japan, as more than 3 ft of snow fell in some areas
Reports said roofs of buildings had collapsed under the weight of snow in some areas, and hundreds of drivers had been left stranded in miles-long traffic jams.
Some 11in of snow was dumped on Tokyo on Friday and Saturday, and several other cities reported record snowfall.
It is the second major snowstorm to batter Japan in a week.
Last week Tokyo residents were warned of a severe snowstorm for the first time in more than a decade.
Eleven people were also killed in that storm, with more than 1,000 injured nationwide.
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Thousands of people across large swathes of the north-eastern US and eastern Canada are clearing up after intense snow storm Nemo.
Several people died, among them an 11-year-old boy, and some 700,000 homes and businesses were left without power.
In many areas, more than three feet of snow fell in a matter of hours, downing power lines, grounding planes and paralyzing transport.
The states of Massachusetts and Connecticut lifted vehicle travel bans.
In New York’s Suffolk County, police said they had rescued hundreds of motorists stuck overnight on the Long Island Expressway.
However, as the snow storm moved gradually eastwards, coastal blizzard and flood warnings remained in effect.
The mayor of the Connecticut city of Stratford, John Harkins, said the snowfall was unprecedented in his lifetime.
“Even the ploughs are getting stuck,” John Harkins told local WITH television.
Thousands of people across large swathes of the north-eastern US and eastern Canada are clearing up after intense snow storm Nemo
More than 5,000 flights were cancelled on Saturday, though Boston’s Logan International Airport, and the three airports serving New York City were gradually re-opening.
Flights were expected to be back on close to normal schedules on Sunday, AP reported.
In New York’s central borough of Manhattan, normally bustling streets were quiet on Saturday – apart from snow blowers.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city had “dodged a bullet” after a little more than 11 inches fell in the city.
Several people died in the snow storm – some while trying to tackle the snow, others in car accidents. There were reported to be three deaths in Canada alone.
In Connecticut, an 80-year-old woman was reported to have been killed by a hit-and-run driver while clearing her driveway, and a 40-year-old man collapsed while clearing snow.
In Boston, officials said an 11-year-old boy had died from carbon monoxide poisoning as he sat in a car with the engine running for warmth.
Sixteen people have been reported killed by a severe snow storm moving through the north-eastern after disrupting Christmas in the Midwest.
States in New England are seeing heavy snowfall, with over a foot (30 cm) already fallen in parts of Massachusetts, weather officials said.
Flights were grounded and road collisions reported as the storm moved across the middle of the US.
As many as 34 tornadoes were reported across the South on Christmas Day.
The storm moved across northern New England on Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow was also reported in eastern parts of Canada.
Lebanon, Maine reported 12 in of snow, with up to 18 inches expected in the state and nearby Vermont and New Hampshire by the end of Thursday.
In Coudersport, Pennsylvania, where the storm has stopped, the National Weather Service reported 15 inches.
Hundreds of thousands of people are reported to have lost power, including 200,000 people in Arkansas and Alabama, where ice and 10 inches of snow coated electricity wires snapping poles and wires.
Sixteen people have been reported killed by a severe snow storm moving through the north-eastern after disrupting Christmas in the Midwest
Storm-related deaths were reported in New York, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the Associated Press said.
Falling trees claimed the lives of two people in Texas and Louisiana. A New York man was killed after his vehicle skidded on an icy road and an Ohio teenager died after losing control of her car and crashing into an oncoming snowplough.
As the storm moves into the southern parts of the Canadian province of Quebec, the area could receive up to 17in of snow, according to Environment Canada.
In Concord, New Hampshire, resident Dale Lamprey said he had been on the streets before 05:00 EST on Thursday morning, trying to clear the snow.
“It’s been windy, it’s been snowing and I think it changed over to sleet and freezing rain at one point. It’s pretty bad,” he told AP.
Inbound flights were delayed in Philadelphia and at the three New York area airports, as thousands of travelers were trying to return home after Christmas.
In Pittsburgh, a flight that landed safely on Wednesday night got stuck in several inches of snow on the tarmac for about two hours.
Airlines cancelled more than 800 flights on Thursday across the country, according to FlightAware.com.
Flights were also cancelled in Canada, with Toronto and Montreal affected, reports said.
Earlier in the week Little Rock, Arkansas, saw its first snow on Christmas Day in 83 years, while in neighboring Oklahoma seven inches of snow were blamed for a 21-vehicle pile-up on an interstate highway outside Oklahoma City.
Thirty-four tornadoes were observed in the southern states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday. A large section of a church roof in Mobile, Alabama, was ripped off by a twister.