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Forecasters predict extreme cold winter for Chicago

(Reuters) – Private forecaster Accuweather.com said on Wednesday that heavy snow and extreme cold should be expected in the north central United States, especially in the Chicago area, in the coming winter. The East Coast faces average to slightly above average snowfall during the winter of 2011-2012 as a Pacific…

US Midwest braces for new round of snow

CHICAGO – A large swathe of the US South and Midwest still digging out from last week’s huge snowfall faced more wintry weather Wednesday as the fifth major storm of the season forced several states to close schools and kept many residents homebound. The powerful winter storm began coating parts…

US braces for another massive snowstorm

CHICAGO – A mammoth storm stretching from the US heartland to the east coast is threatening to dump mounds of fresh snow and ice on an already winter-weary region, weather forecasters said Monday. Blizzard, winter storm and freezing rain warnings were issued for several states, from New Mexico and Colorado…

New England battles blizzard conditions

BOSTON (Reuters) – New England battled blizzard conditions on Wednesday with the second major snowstorm of the winter season pummeling parts of the region with nearly two feet of snow by morning commuting time. Snow fall measurements climbed throughout the day, with parts of Connecticut and western Massachusetts reporting nearly…

Winter storms threaten Southern states, weather service warns

WASHINGTON – Severe winter storm warnings were posted by the National Weather Service on Sunday for a belt of states ranging from Texas and Oklahoma in the west across the south to Georgia and the Carolinas in the east. The National Weather Service also warned of a winter ice storm…

NYC snow cleanup crews accused of sabotaging effort to protest budget cuts

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is investigating whether the real problem during this week’s blizzard wasn’t snow, but sabotage by the crews meant to be cleaning it up. With the Big Apple still reeling from officially the sixth biggest snow storm in its history, City Council member Dan Halloran says…

Blizzard causes 100-car pileup near Fargo, N.D.

Tail end of storms blast some Western states, others spend New Year’s Eve digging out Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico struggled against the tail end of storms New Year’s Eve that left more westerly states recovering from a wintertime onslaught of snow, rain and bitter wind. Denver faced its heaviest…

Penn. Gov calls Americans ‘wusses’ after Eagles NFL game postponed

The Philadelphia Eagles had to cancel their football game Sunday because of snow and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell isn’t happy. “I think it’s a joke,” Rendell told the local Fox affiliate. “We cancel the game and there’s less than 3 inches of snow … I think the fans can make…

Minnesota Metrodome roof collapses after snow storm

The inflatable roof of the Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings play, collapsed Sunday following a snow storm that dumped 17 inches on Minneapolis. Bill Lester, executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said the damage was being assessed Sunday morning and the agency would issue a statement later. He…

US federal government shuts down due to snow

Hundreds of emergency crews battled Sunday to clear snow-clogged roads and restore power to thousands of homes across the US east coast before a new storm hits, aided by some welcome winter sun. The weekend’s storms, described by many as “historic” or a “snowmageddon,” were so severe that the U.S.…

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