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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.


Filed under: Snow • Snowstorm • Weather • Winter weather
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.

READ MORE: Snow storm that plastered Chicago reaches DC


Filed under: Air travel • Extreme Weather • Snow • Snowstorm • Weather • Winter weather
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.

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

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Filed under: Severe weather • Snow • Snowstorm • Washington • Weather
March 1st, 2013
06:39 AM ET

VIDEO: Storm causes man's house to be surrounded with tumbleweeds

CNN's Jen Delgado on a storm that resulted in one man's home being surrounded by tumbleweeds.


Filed under: Weather
February 26th, 2013
11:42 AM ET

Blizzard batters U.S. heartland, spreads snowy mess into the Midwest – Kansas City Mayor Sly James weighs in

A historic blizzard which hit the Midwest is the the second major storm to hit the region in less than one week. People have been killed, one on an icy road in Kansas. The other at a home in Oklahoma – where the roof collapsed under the weight of the snow.

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect as far as Illinois, as this massive system tracks north and east with Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Michigan next on its hit list.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James joins "Early Start" by phone to discuss the latest developments in this historic blizzard that is hiting the Midwest.

James says, “We are fortunate that we’ve got a great crew of people out working with us, and they’ve been out on the road for quite some time to keep things as clear as possible, but we’re monitoring the situation." He adds, "We’re doing everything we can. We’ve got a great group of citizens who are heading our warnings, at least so far, and trying to stay off the roads, stay at home, and that helps quite a bit. We’ll get through this.”


Filed under: Weather
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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Filed under: Extreme Weather • Snow • Weather
January 24th, 2013
07:35 AM ET

More frigid air on the way for U.S. – Susan Candiotti reports

The bitter cold blast that is gripping much of the country is not expected to go away anytime soon.

In New York City, people looked as though they were mummified on the street, wrapped in as many layers as possible. Temperatures plunged into single digits this week.

Even for late January, the cold is a bit much. Some ski resorts in New Hampshire are clocking wind chills at -84 below zero. Authorities say three people have already died from exposure to the frigid temps.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Susan Candiotti reports on the latest in the cold snap.


Filed under: Weather
January 23rd, 2013
06:17 AM ET

Bitter cold sweeps across U.S.

FROM CNN WIRES:

(CNN) - How cold is minus 20 degrees really? Cold enough to freeze an egg sunny-side up.

Funda Ray was making breakfast in Hibbing, Minnesota, when she got an idea to demonstrate just how dramatically the temperature had dropped outside.

"I sprayed the cookie pan with Pam and broke an egg on it, and in half an hour, I had a frozen egg," she said. Her husband held up the egg, which she photographed and posted to CNN's iReport.

The coldest weather so far this winter is creeping over the northern United States this week, the National Weather Service said, sending the temperature plunging below zero in Chicago for the first time in 711 days.

Bitterly cold temperatures stretched from the Dakotas to New England, sweeping down into the Ohio Valley. Wind was a major issue in some places, with wind chill warnings and advisories in effect from North Dakota to West Virginia and on into parts of New England.

This morning on "Early Start," meteorologist Jennifer Delgado reports on the latest temperatures and wind chills across the U.S., and what you can do to stay warm.

READ MORE: This may be the coldest week of the winter for northern United States


Filed under: Weather
December 21st, 2012
05:36 AM ET

Illinois Department of Transportation's Carmen Iacullo warns people to be cautious on wet expressways: 'freeze-back will occur'

Many are bracing a severe snowstorm in the Midwest today. CNN is tracking it for you this morning. Carmen Iacullo is from the Illinois Department of Transportation. He has the latest on conditions during the storm and joins “Early Start” live from Chicago this morning. 

“Right now the temperatures are under freezing,” Iacullo says. “So we’re watching for freeze-back conditions. The fact that the temperatures didn’t decline until after midnight helped out a lot with the snowfall.”

Iacullo warns that travelers need to be careful on the road. “Chicago expressways are still wet and people need to be cautious as freeze-back will occur.” Iacullo adds that there have fortunately been no deadly accidents.

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Filed under: Extreme Weather • Snowstorm • Weather
December 11th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

Roof collapse caught on tape when Birmingham, Alabama neighborhood is hit by possible tornado; Photojournalist Scott MacDowell and reporter Kaitlin McCulley share the story

A severe storm suddenly hit Birmingham, Alabama early Monday morning. Residents believe it was a tornado.

Homeowner Clint Thornton was being interviewed on his front porch by CNN affiliate WIAT when the ceiling of his home suddenly caved in. Photojournalist Scott MacDowell was taping the interview when the sudden tornado and heavy rain collapsed the roof. Reporter Kaitlin McCulley was also on the porch when it happened. While no one was injured, it was all caught on video. The WIAT news team that captured this extraordinary moment joins “Early Start” live from Birmingham this morning.

“You don’t see that type of that thing happen in an interview,” MacDowell says. “There was a lot of praying to God immediately after that.” Hitting a community that is used to keeping weather radios on and usually on guard for extreme weather, the sudden tornado shook everyone involved.  “It just took everyone by surprise,” McCulley says.

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