DALLAS â€” Snow started falling in a band that stretched from central Texas to southern Ohio on Friday, while severe storms rolling through Florida spawned at least one tornado in the northern part of the state.
There was no immediate word about injuries in the tornado that touched down in north central Florida, but officials said that it brought down some power lines. Forecasters warned residents in the northern half of the state to monitor the storms because more tornadoes were possible.
Up to a foot of snow was possible in several areas in the nation's midsection.
"It could get real nasty," said Dusty Harbage, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Jackson in eastern Kentucky, a region expected to be on the tail end of the wintry blast.
The snow in Texas came on top of a storm system Thursday that left as much as 9 inches of snow on northern parts of the state and brought a tornado to the south part of the state.
No one was injured by a twister packing 95 to 105 mph winds in Corpus Christi on Thursday afternoon, but trees were snapped and several homes were damaged, said Roger Gass, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Corpus Christi.
The weather service said the Louisville, Ky., area could expect 8 to 12 inches of snow, starting Friday morning. The heaviest snow is expected Friday night and early Saturday, when 4 to 5 inches could fall within six or seven hours, said Joe Ammerman, a weather service meteorologist in Louisville.
Icicles hang from an overpass guard rail over Interstate 71 near West Salem, Ohio Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Snow, ice and flooding closed roads and schools across Ohio and left tens of thousands of customers without electricity, a day after voters throughout the state ignored ugly weather and turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in the presidential primary.
"It's not uncommon to get big snows in March," he said. "The one good thing about that is it tends to warm up fairly fast and the snow doesn't stay around very long."
In Arkansas, Weather Service forecaster John Lewis said conditions in Little Rock could be particularly hazardous by Friday evening.
The winter storm Thursday left slick roads in North Texas that sent some school buses into ditches and hundreds of cars off the roads.
South of Gainesville, several buses from the Callisburg school district slid into ditches as students from all grades were being taken home early Thursday because of the weather, Cooke County Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Fletcher said.
The children walked out through the main doors except in one case, where the bus slid onto its side and they had to escape through a back door, he said. No injuries were reported.
Bron: Fox News
A tornado tore through a northern Florida city Friday, leaving two people dead and damaging dozens of homes and businesses, an emergency official said. One woman was killed when a tree fell on her mobile home, and another died in a generator accident, said Harvey Campbell, spokesman for the Lake City Emergency Operations Center.
Residents move caged birds from a northern Florida house damaged by a tornado on Friday.
Some homes were destroyed, about 50 were damaged and about a dozen or more businesses also were affected, he said. "Surprisingly, it appears we did not have a huge number of injuries," Campbell added. "The injuries were had were minor in nature cuts and bruises."
Snow coats a street and makes the going tough for drivers and pedestrians in Durant, Oklahoma, on Thursday.
He said that crews are still out assessing damage and that they remain in search-and-rescue mode. Earlier Friday, Campbell said that an "extensive area" north of Lake City toward Interstate 10 was cordoned off because of the damage.
Klik hier voor het hele artikel
A foot of snow buried parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early Saturday, shutting down travel and many public events. Blizzard warnings remained in effect in Ohio, with winter storm warnings from Tennessee to upstate New York and northern Maine. Wind up to 35 mph whipped the snow and cut visibility to less than a quarter mile in places, the weather service said.
"We're getting a lot of drifting and poor visibility out here," said State Highway Patrol Sgt. Rod Moser in Circleville, Ohio. Two semitrailers jackknifed on Interstate 71, about 20 miles south of Columbus, he said.
As much as 10 inches of snow fell overnight in Ohio, where up to 5 more inches was possible, and 13 inches fell on north-central Kentucky's Owen County, the National Weather Service said. Middle Tennessee got up to a foot. Louisville, Ky., had 11 inches to shovel and plow. Up to a foot was possible by Sunday in western New York, meteorologists said. Even Mississippi got 5 to 7 inches of snow in northern parts of the state, the weather service said.
The wind piled snow into drifts as much as 5 feet high in parts of central Kentucky, police dispatcher John Woosley said. It was a continuation of the storm that on Friday piled up snow a foot deep in Arkansas and blacked out thousands of homes and businesses from that state to the Great Lakes.
One Ohio traffic death was blamed on the weather Friday, with two in western New York state and one in Tennessee. Two people were killed as tornadoes struck several Florida communities.
Klik hier voor het hele artikel
Bij een serie tornadoâ€™s vrijdag in het noorden van Florida zijn twee mensen om het leven gekomen. Het dodental dit jaar in de Verenigde Staten is daarmee opgelopen tot 68.
De tornadoâ€™s kwamen in de middag voor en trokken door Florida en Georgia. Autoâ€™s werden omver geworpen, bomen vielen om en huizen raakten beschadigd. In Lake City in Noord-Florida kwamen twee mensen om het leven. Een vrouw werd gedood toen een boom op haar huis viel en een man toen hij zijn generator probeerde op te starten na stroomuitval.
Dit jaar zijn rond de 400 tornadoâ€™s voorgekomen in de Verenigde Staten. Normaal wordt dit aantal half april bereikt.
Snow plows and clean-up crews were to continue working overtime Sunday to dig out of a record-setting snow storm that buried Ohio's capital city and many parts of Ohio and Indiana. The heavy winter storm dumped more than 20 inches of snow on Columbus on Saturday, while blizzard conditions shut down highways and stranded air travelers in the region.
The storm eventually swept into the East Coast, battering Pennsylvania and New Jersey with a line of thunderstorms. By early Sunday, tens of thousands were left without electric power. High winds in Ohio whipped the snow into 3-foot-tall drifts in some places and cut visibility to less than a quarter mile, the National Weather Service said.
March 8: Reed Horton walks back to his tow truck after checking to see if people were in cars abandoned along road in Nashville, Tenn.
"We will get through this," Gov. Ted Strickland said Saturday. "The snow will stop, the wind will cease, and the sun will shine. But until that happens we need to be smart, take care of ourselves and attempt to be helpful to others." The storm, which rolled in Friday, dumped 20.4 inches of snow on Columbus, breaking the city's previous record of 15.3 inches set in February 1910, the weather service said. Cincinnati and Cleveland received about a foot of snow.
State officials urged motorists to avoid the roads. At least nine counties closed roads to non-emergency traffic, meaning that anyone caught driving was subject to arrest unless they were involved in an emergency. In Indiana, 14 inches of snow fell in Milan, which is about 60 miles southeast of Indianapolis, said the weather service said.
Klik hier voor het hele artikel
Â©FOXnews | Gewijzigd: 2 februari 2017, 08:51 uur, door Joyce.s