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January 29th, 2014
06:15 AM ET

Stranded, Cold Motorists Spend Nights on Freeways After Rare Snow in South

Thousands of commuters across the South are desperate after spending 12 hours or more stuck in traffic because of a storm that brought the region's biggest cities to their knees.

Two inches of snow isn't supposed to turn highways into campsites. Backups aren't supposed to last all day, through the night, and into the following morning.

And yet, here they were - hundreds of motorists across Alabama and Georgia - still hunched over in their cars Wednesday morning, feeling the aftereffects of a snow shower that hit the states more than 12 hours earlier.

In Atlanta, seven students children were still making their way home on a school bus at 5:30 a.m. ET Wednesday morning - a full 16 hours after school let out and they got on.

To see more, visit CNN.com and  to hear CNN's Jason Evans describe his ten hour struggle to get home in the Southern snow in Atlanta, click on the video above. 

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November 27th, 2013
05:58 AM ET

Winter Storm Slams East Coast, Makes Thanksgiving Travel a Nightmare

It's ugly out there. And it's only getting uglier.

Tuesday has been a mess for much of the East Coast. A massive storm that started in California soaked a huge swath from Florida to New England, with snow and sleet falling in pockets of Pennsylvania and New York, CNN Meteorologist Indra Petersons  reports the latest.

This system isn't going away anytime soon. In fact, it could cause even more problems and headaches on Wednesday, especially if you are among the thousands at airports waiting and waiting and waiting to fly home for Thanksgiving.

That's because winds are forecast to pick up and sock densely populated places in the Northeast in the next day or so.

For drivers, big gusts mixed with drenching rains can slow things down any day. For air travelers, there is always a big trickle-down effect when places like New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy airports or those in Philadelphia and Boston experience wind delays.

According to flight tracker websites this morning, Roughly 200 flights have been canceled nationwide, with about 120 delays at this hour, reports CNN's Rene Marsh. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)\

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March 20th, 2013
06:30 AM ET

Winter's grip holds over parts of New England and Midwest – Chris Welch reports

Today is officially the first day of spring, but for much of the country the winter chill remains.

A late season snowstorm left New Hampshire and Boston under several inches of snow Tuesday. And more snow is expected to fall in parts of New England and the upper Midwest where below freezing temps make the first day of spring feel like the dead of winter.

CNN's Chris Welch is live in Minneapolis this morning with more. “Winter’s grip appears far from over,” Welch says. “From the Midwest to New England, late season winter storms bringing as much as 15" of snow in some areas, leading to another round of school closures and travel nightmares.”

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March 19th, 2013
08:02 AM ET

Late winter blast smacks the Northeast with snow – Alison Kosik reports

Spring may be just hours away, but the chill is here to stay in some parts of the United States.

Blowing snow forced the closure of many roads and highways from North Dakota to Minnesota. In the Northeast, snow, ice and rain turned roads in the New York City area into slick, slippery messes overnight. Boston is meanwhile bracing for up to six inches of snow today and the New England Mountains could see up to a foot of snow.

Alison Kosik is live in Concord, New Hampshire with more on the late winter blast on "Early Start" this morning.


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March 6th, 2013
06:34 AM ET

Winter storm moves East, hitting Washington D.C. today – Joe Johns reports

FROM CNN WIRES:

A storm that set snowfall records in Chicago arrived in Washington, D.C. early Wednesday. It filled the sky with flakes, but with temperatures well above freezing, little of the white should accumulate for long.

Just west of the nation's capital, it could dump up to 20 inches of snow but may turn into a mix of rain and snow as it nears the Atlantic Ocean, the National Weather Service said.

The federal government has closed offices for Wednesday. Emergency personnel will be expected to work as well as those equipped to work from home. D.C. schools will also be closed.

On "Early Start," this morning, CNN's Joe Johns reports from Virginia with the latest on the storm as it moves east.

READ MORE: Snow storm that plastered Chicago reaches DC

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March 6th, 2013
06:07 AM ET

Winter storm heads to D.C., over 1,000 flights cancelled – Shannon Travis reports

FROM CNN WIRES:

A storm that set snowfall records in Chicago arrived in Washington, D.C. early Wednesday. It has triggered over 1,000 flight cancellations to and from airports in its path.

Just west of the nation's capital, it could dump up to 20 inches of snow but may turn into a mix of rain and snow as it nears the Atlantic Ocean, the National Weather Service said.

The federal government has closed offices for Wednesday. Emergency personnel will be expected to work as well as those equipped to work from home. D.C. schools will also be closed.

Washington suburb Arlington, Virginia, has readied snow plows and trucks in case of major snowfall.

Airlines have canceled flights to and from Washington's Dulles airport ahead of the storm's arrival. United has canceled 650 flights nationwide, most of them involving Dulles, U.S. Airways 350 and American 20.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Shannon Travis reports on the latest in how the winter storm is wreaking havoc on travel.

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March 5th, 2013
07:12 AM ET

Washington D.C. prepares for severe snowfall – Shannon Travis reports

From CNN Wires:

If you grab a sled in North Dakota Tuesday, you might be able to ride it through the upper Midwest all the way to the nation's capital. But it would be wiser to avoid road travel for a day or two.

A corridor of winter weather is paving its way across the Ohio Valley, dumping heavy show from Minneapolis and Chicago all the way to the District of Columbia and Baltimore, according to a National Weather Service bulletin Monday.

Blowing snow impaired motorists' visibility in North Dakota Monday, as plows cleared roads and tow trucks retrieved stranded vehicles. There were no serious injuries in accidents, police said.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Shannon Travis has the latest preps in Washington D.C. in advance of the snow storm.

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March 5th, 2013
07:11 AM ET

Chicago gears up for severe snowfall – Jennifer Delgado reports

From CNN Wires:

The storm sweeps over Chicago Tuesday and is expected to leave 5 to 11 inches of snow, according to the CNN Weather Center. Local hardware stores have put snow blowers, shovels and bags of salt on prominent display.

The winter system will reach the nation's capital Wednesday, bringing either rain or snow to the area before rolling off shore.

One weather model predicts that the snow won't make it that far, said CNN Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera. Another says Washington, Philadelphia and Boston could see a foot of snow.

The D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, is prepared to deploy 4,000 trucks and snow plows, CNN's Weather Center said.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Jen Delgado reports on the latest track of the storm.

Read More: Frosty swath brings snow from Dakota to D.C.

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January 25th, 2013
06:14 AM ET

Deep freeze continues as dangerous ice expected across Tennessee – Jennifer Delgado reports

FROM CNN WIRES:

(CNN) - Exposure to subfreezing temperatures has left at least three people dead in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois, according to authorities.

The National Weather Service forecasters urged caution early Friday as they warned "bitterly cold conditions" were expected to continue across much of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast into the weekend.

Widespread light snow showers were expected across the upper Great Lakes region and across the Ohio Valley before moving later in the day across the eastern United States, according to the weather service.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service predicted 1 to 4 inches of snow for areas in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic regions on Friday with the Carolinas and Tennessee Valley getting freezing rain beginning early in the morning.

The snow was expected to move later in the day into the eastern United States. It was not good news in portions of New York and New Jersey, where homes destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in places such as Staten Island and Far Rockaway, Queens, lacked basic utilities needed to restore heat.

With temperatures plummeting, warming centers were opened in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other areas, according to various emergency management officials.

This morning on "Early Start," meteorologist Jennifer Delgado reports live from Nashville, TN on the bitter cold gripping the nation.

READ MORE: Bundle up, forecasters warn, as arctic blast hits eastern US

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