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NOLA has one of the Coldest Mardi Gras Ever

AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather.com

It was a cold, wet day for Mardi Gras participants in New Orleans Tuesday.

The high temperature hit 39 degrees for the Big Easy, more than 20 degrees below the date’s average temperature of 69 degrees. It will rests at the coldest high temperature on record for a Mardi Gras, which was 39 degrees on Feb. 14, 1899.
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Weather Closings and Updates

ESR Graphic

ESR Graphic

When you step outside now, everything seems fine and mild. The conditions will start to change as the day progresses! As the weather conditions change, many businesses and schools are making decisions based on last week’s experiences and safety.

We have created a page of closures and delays to help you in the next couple days! So far most schools have taken the precaution to close ahead of time.
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Snowstorm to hit DC, Philly, NYC on Tuesday

Accu Weather

Accu Weather

Along the leading edge of the invading polar blast, accumulating snow will spread from the Midwest to the East Coast on Tuesday.

The snow will come courtesy of yet another Alberta Clipper set to drop through the Dakotas and Ohio Valley on Monday through Monday night with accumulations on the order of a coating to 2 inches.
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Texas Power Grid pushed to the Edge

TFP

TFP

The state’s main power grid narrowly avoided outages on Monday after several power plants failed as electricity demand soared in response to the coldest weather in two years.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the power grid that serves most of Texas, briefly issued an Energy Emergency Alert 2 early Monday morning, the last step before rotating power outages would be implemented. ERCOT canceled the warning about possible outages shortly after 9:30 a.m.
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Historic Freeze could break Temp Records

AP

AP

The deep freeze expected soon in the Midwest, New England and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.

It hasn’t been this cold for decades – 20 years in Washington, D.C., 18 years in Milwaukee, 15 in Missouri – even in the Midwest, where bundling up is second nature. Weather Bell meteorologist Ryan Maue said, “If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”
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Digging Out of the Snow in Boston

AP

AP

Homeowners and motorists dug out across the white-blanketed Northeast on Friday as extreme cold ushered in by the storm threatened fingers and toes but kept the snow powdery and mercifully easy to shovel. At least 13 deaths were blamed on the storm as it swept across the nation’s eastern half.

While the snowfall had all but stopped by morning across the hard-hit Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor and many highways and streets were soon cleared and reopened, temperatures were in the single digits and teens, and wind-chills made it feel well below zero.
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AP

AP

As millions of Americans hurtle through the jumble of transportation arteries for Thanksgiving, many are discovering that bus travel may be the cheapest, comfiest and even coolest way to stay Zen during the nation’s largest annual migration.

After nearly half a century of decline in the bus industry, a new breed of sleek, Wi-Fi-pumping intercity coach is transforming the image of buses as the much-ridiculed travel option of last resort. With free Internet connections, tickets as cheap as $1 and decent legroom, companies such as Megabus.com and BoltBus are luring holiday travelers disenchanted with the hair-pulling rituals of airports and driving.
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AP

AP

Middle America was getting everything nature has to throw at it on Thursday, from snow in the north to tornadoes in the Plains, and with torrential rains causing floods and transportation chaos in several states – and a sinkhole in Chicago.

Seemingly every community in the Plains and Midwest was under some sort of watch or warning. Up to a foot of snow was expected in parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Rivers were surging beyond their banks from downpours in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Tornadoes caused scattered damage in Oklahoma. Frost warnings were in effect in Kansas and Oklahoma as a cold front pushed out warmer air.
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Louisiana State Police

ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — With the recent flooding the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office has handled numerous calls on flooded roadways. The Iowa area experienced heavy flooding in several areas which resulted in the Sheriff’s Office conducting several rescues of local residents. The Sheriffs Office has taken necessary actions including contacting Parish Public Works for barricades. The Sheriff’s Office currently has high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, and is prepared to handle any flood related calls they may receive.
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