It’s a ‘mess,’ says AccuWeather

AccuWeather boils down the weather situation pretty succinctly, it’s a mess all over. reports another winter storm is blasting through the Midwest and Northeast, following quickly on the heels of Monday’s weather mess.

Roads are a mess and travel is difficult at best from Chicago to as far eastward as Boston.

More than 6 inches of snow fell over portions of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Northeastern Pennsylvania to southern New Hampshire could receive more than a foot of snow.

On the edge of the heaviest amounts, a wintry mix will cause slick, icy roadways.

“The heaviest rate of precipitation will occur early Wednesday morning over the central Appalachians and New England,” Sosnowski said.

For the full story, read “Midweek Winter Storm to Sock More Than Two Dozen States.”

All reports listed in CST

8:05 a.m. EST Wednesday: Westbound traffic on the Pennsylvania Turnpike rerouted after fatal tractor-trailer accident near exit 242.

7:55 a.m. EST Wednesday: More than 122,000 FirstEnergy customers are without power in parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey.

7:40 a.m. EST Wednesday: Nearly 2,500 flights have been canceled across the U.S. so far as major eastern airports list excessive delays:

6:20 a.m. EST Wednesday: Connecticut Transit has suspended services for the time being and will reevaluate the weather situation at 7 a.m. EST.

5:55 a.m. EST Wednesday: Up to 127,000 PECO Energy customers in southeastern Pennsylvania currently listed without power.

5:09 a.m. EST Wednesday: Transformers were reportedly popping in Gloucester County, N.J., as trees and power lines have 0.25 of an inch of ice on them. There were 3,500 listed without power.

4:12 a.m. EST Wednesday: Binghamton, N.Y., reporting 7.6 inches of snow so far.

3:50 a.m. EST Wednesday: Latest totals detail 21,656 customers without electricity in Kentucky.

3:26 a.m. EST Wednesday: There is 10.5 inches of storm snowfall total in Riverside, Mis., which is just north of Kansas City.

1:29 a.m. EST Wednesday: Report of 5 inches of snow on the ground in Valencia, Butler County, Pa.

11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday: Numerous severe accidents have closed sections of I-70 and I-68 in Maryland in both directions.

11:18 p.m. EST Tuesday: As much as 4.5 inches of sleet on the ground in Milan, Ripley County, Ind., per NWS-trained spotter.

10:45 p.m. EST Tuesday: At least 0.75 of an inch of freezing rain has accumulated in Marion, Ky., via the emergency manager.

All reports listed below in CST

9:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: Mississippi Governor. Phil Bryant declares state of emergency due to winter storm.

8:55 p.m. CST Tuesday: Five inches of snow fell in two hours at New Lexington, Ohio, an NWS spotter reported.

8:50 p.m. CST Tuesday: Difficult travel reported across most of Indiana, the Indiana Department of Transportation said.

8:20 p.m. CST Tuesday: It was still snowing but 7.5 inches of snow had fallen 2o miles north of Terre Haute, Ind., an NWS spotter reported.

8:15 p.m. CST Tuesday: As much as 2.5 inches of snow fell in 50 minutes at Zanesville, Ohio, an NWS spotter reported.

8:05 p.m. CST Tuesday: Up to 7 inches of snow fell at Albany and Macon, Mo., an NWS cooperative observer and an emergency management official reported.

8:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania closed its main and Clearfield, Pa., campuses for Wednesday, Feb. 5, the university said on its website.

7:50 p.m. CST Tuesday: Heavy sleet with one mile visibility reported at Cincinnati, according to NWS observation.

7:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snowing near Toledo, Ohio, on U.S. Route 20. Webcam from the OhioDOT.

7:25 p.m. CST Tuesday: Entergy Arkansas reports widespread and extensive ice-related damage with downed power lines, broken poles in back yards and city streets and collapsed cross-arms across the area.

7:20 p.m. CST Tuesday: 0.3 inches of freezing rain at Kevil, Ky., an NWS spotter reported.

6:50 p.m. CST Tuesday: 11.5 inches of snow fell at Mount Hope, Kan., an NWS cooperative observer reported.

6:40 p.m. CST Tuesday: With more snow expected, Wichita, Kan., broke a 117-year-old snow record with 7 inches. The old record was 5 inches in 1897.

6:30 p.m. CST Tuesday: Moderate snow and ice conditions occurring in southwest Ohio, according to OhioDOT.


6:20 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snow, sleet and fog reported at Cincinnati, including this stretch of I-71 as shown on an OhioDOT webcam.

6:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: 13 inches of snow had fallen at Enterprise, Kan., the fire company there reported.
5:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: The Pennsylvania Turnpike continues to operate under a Winter Weather Warning with travelers urged to reduce their speeds and to keep alert for changing travel conditions and emergency crews working on the roadway.
5:35 p.m. CST Tuesday: Light snow moves into Cleveland. Visibility was down to 1.5 miles.
5:30 p.m. CST Tuesday: Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared a Snow Emergency and Parking Ban for the City of Boston, in effect at 11 p.m. EST Tuesday. Boston Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 5.
5:25 p.m. CST Tuesday: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard issued a Yellow advisory for the city, urging motorists to use caution, slow down and leave extra space for other vehicles.
5:15 p.m. CST Tuesday: 11 inches of snow fell at Salina, Kan., an NWS spotter reported.
5:10 p.m. CST Tuesday: Travel not advised by Illinois Department of Transportation in central and southern Illinois.
5:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declares a state of emergency for his state.
4:55 p.m. CST Tuesday: About 10,600 Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. members were without power in Tipton County, Tenn., the utility said on its Facebook page.
4:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: 7.5 inches of snow with 2- to 3-feet snow drifts, five miles west-southwest of Washington, Kan., an NWS spotter reported.
4:30 p.m. CST Tuesday: About 1,700 flights have been canceled, according to FlightStats. Another 3,600 flights were delayed.
4:20 p.m. CST Tuesday: Nearly 42,000 Entergy Arkansas customers and 2,600 First Electric Cooperative customers were without electricity, the utilities said.
4:15 p.m. CST Tuesday: 7.5 inches of snow fell in Topeka, Kan., and 6 inches of snow had fallen at Leavenworth, Kan., emergency managers in both areas report.
4:10 p.m. CST Tuesday: Difficult travel conditions beginning to develop in parts of Kentucky, the state’s Department of Transportation said.


4:05 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snow-covered travel near Topeka, Kan.

4:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: Missouri Department of Transportation and public works crews are unable to keep up with the roadways, according to the Boone County Office of Emergency Management Twitter feed.

3:40 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snowfall will fall at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour this evening from Indianapolis through Dayton and Columbus, creating treacherous travel, Meteorologist Brian Edwards said. Precipitation will initially begin as snow begin in Louisville and Cincinnati before transitioning to a significant ice storm with freezing rain rates of 1 to 2 tenths of an inch per hour.

3:25 p.m. CST Tuesday: Motorists are to use “caution” or “extreme caution” on Nebraska highways, including I-80 at Grand Island, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

3:20 p.m. CST Tuesday: More than 1,000 Ameren Missouri power customers were without service, the utility said.

3:15 p.m. CST Tuesday: Power outages with up to a third of an inch of ice reported in Stewart County, Tenn., by the county’s emergency management agency.

3:05 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snow-covered roads reported in Missouri, including this stretch of I-70 near Blackwater, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

3:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: Three inches of snow, 2.5 inches in the last two hours, in Dix, Ill., an NWS spotter reported.

2:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: Ten inches of snow had fallen in Mount Hope, Kan., a cooperative observer reported to the National Weather Service.

2:40 p.m. CST Tuesday: Ice storm reported in Weakley County, Tenn., with 0.50 of an inch of ice. Power lines and trees are down with widespread power outages, the county’s emergency management agency reported.

2:30 p.m. CST Tuesday: Vehicle crashes and motorist assists continue to grow in Kansas, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

2:15 p.m. CST Tuesday: About 36,000 Entergy Arkansas customers were without power, and another 3,200 First Electric Cooperative customers lost service, the utilities said.

2:05 p.m. CST Tuesday: Nine inches of snow fell in Mountridge, Kan., the city’s fire chief reported.

1:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: Multiple roads blocked due to downed trees in Perry and Danville, Ark., emergency management reports. Numerous power outages also reported throughout Perry County.

1:20 p.m. CST Tuesday: Conditions are already deteriorating across portions of western Illinois. Roads near Quincy and Springfield are now covered in snow and ice, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

12:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: Freezing rain falling near the border of Oklahoma and Arkansas in Spiro, Okla., according to local law enforcement.

12:20 p.m. CST Tuesday:

11:45 a.m. CST Tuesday: Large tree downed across one lane of Highway 161 in McAlmont, Ark., according to the NWS.

11:35 a.m. CST Tuesday: US Highway 64 is blocked through Augusta, Ark., due to downed power lines, local law enforcement reports.

11:30 a.m. CST Tuesday: A trained spotter reports major tree damage due to accumulating ice in Conway County, Ark. Tree limbs are littering the ground and power lines are coated with very thick ice.

11:15 a.m. CST Tuesday: Heavy snow falling in Sedgwick County, Kan., with 7.0 inches already on the ground, according to a trained observer. Visibility is below one-tenth of a mile.

10:10 a.m. CST Tuesday:One-tenth of an inch of Ice has accumulated on trees throughout Howard County, Ark., local law enforcement reports. Downed tree limbs and isolated power outages are resulting.

10:03 a.m. CST Tuesday: Heavy icing is occurring across portions of Arkansas. A trained spotter reports 0.25 of an inch accumulation in Conway County, Ark.

9:49 a.m. CST Tuesday: Bridge operator for the Department of Highways in Kansas reports 5.5 inches of snow in the far northwest portion of Marion County, with visibility down to one-quarter of a mile.

9:45 a.m. CST Tuesday: As many as 6 inches of snow have accumulated across parts of Kansas this morning. Very heavy snow rates are falling across central and eastern portions of the state.

9:39 a.m. CST Tuesday: Between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., 4.5 inches of snow fell across Abilene, Kan., the local emergency manager reports.

8:12 a.m. CST Tuesday: Texas Department of Transportation reports a fatal accident due to slippery conditions northbound on US Highway 84 northwest of the junction with FM 399.

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer



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