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'Snowicane' Cripples Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) — Blowing snow crippled travel in the Northeastern United States Friday in what meteorologists have dubbed a “snowicane.”

Swirling snow stretched from Indiana to the East Coast and from Kentucky to New Brunswick, Canada, Accuweather.com reported. As much as three feet of snow fell in some areas with snowdrifts topping six feet and an addition six to 12 inches expected through Saturday.

High winds and heavy snow cut power for tens of thousands.

“Impact from the snowicane was severe in New England … due to high winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding. Here, thousands of trees were downed …,” Accuweather.com reported.

More snow is expected next week.

Schools were closed in New York City, and those commuters who tried to get to work Friday faced long delays, The New York Times reported. New Jersey Transit suspended all bus service in the northern and central part of the state until noon.

Philadelphia has already been hit hard by a series of storms in the mid-Atlantic region, making this winter the snowiest on record.

“It’s pretty stationary,” Matt Scalora, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, N.Y., said of the storm front.

A snow-covered tree limb in New York’s Central Park snapped Thursday, killing a man and prompting the city’s Parks Department to warn residents to stay away from city parks, CNN reported.

Air travel was disrupted from Philadelphia to Boston, the Times said. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and LaGuardia in New York.

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Heavy Snow, Rain Pound U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Parts of Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania are getting more heavy snowfall and rain, meteorologists said Thursday.

Philadelphia received at least 10 inches of snow Thursday thanks to the latest round of inclement weather, while are area around Albany, N.Y., was buried under at least 2 feet of snow.

Meteorologist Rob Marciano told CNN parts of New York state that got rain Thursday are expected to face blizzard-like conditions with blowing snow later this week.

Marciano said the inclement weather is expected to hammer the Northeast United States for several days.

New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont could set record snowfall totals, CNN reported.

AccuWeather.com said the worst of the winter storm is expected to take place Thursday night through Friday morning.

The Web site said travelers should expect limited visibility and other troubling conditions on roads throughout stricken areas. High winds, coastal flooding and flight cancellations are expected across the region.

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Slow-moving Snowstorm Blankets Northeast

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) — A slow-moving storm dumped inches of snow on New York City, its suburbs and other northeastern cities Friday.

Schools were closed in the city, and those commuters who tried to get to work faced long delays, The New York Times reported. New Jersey Transit announced all bus service in the northern and central part of the state would be suspended until noon.

Philadelphia has already been hit hard by a series of storms in the mid-Atlantic region, making this winter the snowiest on record. Forecasters said the city would get about a foot more and predicted 20 inches in New York and 30 in areas to the north.

The snow began falling Thursday and was expected to persist in some areas into Saturday.

. “It’s pretty stationary,.” said Matt Scalora, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, N.Y.

A snow-covered tree limb in New York’s Central Park snapped Thursday, killing a man and prompting the city’s Parks Department to warn residents to stay away from city parks, CNN reported.

Air travel was disrupted at cities from Philadelphia to Boston, the Times said. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and LaGuardia in New York.

Heavy snow Thursday caused dangerous conditions and forced the closing of schools and roads, officials said. Speed limits on most major roads were cut to 35 or 45 mph.

Parts of New York had received 22-30 inches of snow by Thursday night, the NWS said. An average of 22 inches of snow fell in Massachusetts and some areas in Vermont received as much as 38 inches.

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Northeast Copes with Latest Blizzard

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) — New York and other states in the Northeast Friday braced for more snow from the region’s third blizzard in a month.

Parts of New York could get up to a foot of new snow from the storm that moved into the area Thursday, forecasters said.

A snow-covered tree limb in New York’s Central Park snapped Thursday, killing a man and prompting the city’s Parks Department to warn residents to stay away from city parks, CNN reported.

Air travel was disrupted at cities from Philadelphia to Boston, The New York Times reported. More than 1,100 flights were canceled in the New York area alone by Thursday evening.

Officials said more cancellations were expected as winds picked up and temperatures fell.

Heavy snow Thursday caused dangerous conditions and forced the closing of schools and roads, officials said.

Pennsylvania officials reduced the maximum speed on Interstate 476 to 45 mph Thursday afternoon because of deteriorating conditions, the Times said. The state later issued a general ban for tractor-trailers on the highway because of anticipated whiteout conditions.

New York State Electric and Gas emergency crews worked to repair downed power lines that at one point left 5,400 customers in the dark, the Times said.

Parts of New York had received 22-30 inches of snow by Thursday night, the National Weather Service said. An average of 22 inches of snow fell in Massachusetts and some areas in Vermont received as much as 38 inches. Pennsylvania had as much as 12 inches fall in some areas, weather officials said.

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Flagstaff Arizona Leads in Snowfall Amount

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Flagstaff, Ariz., leads all U.S. cities with the most snowfall so far for 2010, in a season of sometimes epic snowfall in parts of the nation, authorities say.

To date there has been 118 inches, nearly 10 feet, of snow, surpassing the average amount of 109 for an entire winter, Flagstaff’s Arizona Daily Sun reported Wednesday.

The normal snowfall through Feb. 22 is 72 inches.

In cities with populations over 100,000, Syracuse, N.Y., tops the list with 86 inches of snow. But even that total is almost 3 feet less than they’ve had in Flagstaff, with a population of 60,000, the Sun said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Justin Johndrow said Flagstaff has already broken one record this winter, having 78 consecutive days with at least 6 inches of snow on the ground.

Johndrow is predicting a strong storm this weekend.

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Snow Continues to Vex Swedish Commuters

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Police had to restore order at a Stockholm bus terminal Tuesday night after continuing bad weather resulted in long service delays, officials said.

Officials told the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra that about tempers flared among approximately 1,000 commuters who were having little luck getting home as buses to the suburbs became fewer and farther between.

“There are no reports of actual fighting, but there was a lot of anger,” police spokesman Ulf Lindgren told the news agency.

The government recently deployed troops to assist with snow removal along the rail lines serving the capital.

The weather forecast called for more snowfall across Sweden during the weekend.

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Weather Hampers Madeira Rescue Efforts

FUNCHAL, Portugal, Feb. 23 (UPI) — Rescue teams on the Portuguese island of Madeira Tuesday cleared mud and rock carried down from mountains by deadly torrential rains, officials said.

Help was arriving on the Atlantic island about 600 miles from the Portuguese coast, but more heavy rain hampered rescue efforts in isolated communities in the mountains surrounding Funchal, the island’s capital, the BBC reported.

One operation was focused on an underground parking garage near Funchal’s commercial center, where divers have been searching for missing people feared trapped, officials said. A war ship with troops was en route to help restore infrastructure and communications.

Government officials have been warning that number of dead, now at 25, could rise, the British broadcaster said.

“They’re getting on with the clear-up, but there’s a kind of darkness hanging over the city, it’s so sad,” one woman told the BBC.

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Maryland Zoo Has Losses Due to Snowstorms

BALTIMORE, Feb. 18 (UPI) — Officials say the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will open as much as a month late because of building damage suffered during recent East Coast snowstorms.

Zoo officials said this month’s back-to-back blizzards caused at least $1.5 million worth of damage at the tourist favorite, prompting the zoo to lose income while paying for repairs and employee overtime, The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday.

“This is a big, big setback,” Maryland Zoo President Donald Hutchinson said. “We’re hoping that everyone who loves the zoo will help us bounce back.”

There was severe damage to two of the zoo’s aviaries and a long-eared owl escaped.

Mike McClure, chief curator, said zoo employees attempted to clear the snow, but they were no match for the heavy snowfall of as much as 30 inches.

“The snow was coming so fast we just couldn’t make any headway,” he told the Sun.

Hutchinson said the delay in opening will likely prove costly as the spring is typically the zoo’s busiest time.

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Snow and Cold Drop Weekly Retail Sales

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Severe winter weather kept U.S. shoppers close to home in the week ending Feb. 13, the International Council of Shopping Centers reported Tuesday.

A severe blizzard in the East and a “record-breaking” snowstorm in the South that covered areas from Dallas to Atlanta contributed to a 1.6 percent drop in sales compared with the previous week and a 0.7 percent drop from the same week a year ago, the report said.

During the week 49 of the 50 U.S. states had snowfall that “took its toll on the consumers’ ability to shop and spend,” ICSC said.

Weather Trends International reported the snow came with chilly temperatures, which averaged 11.4 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the same week a year ago and 5 degrees lower than the week’s historic average.

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Manatees Struggling with Florida Winter

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) — A state wildlife official in Florida said the state’s lengthy winter has wrought havoc on the manatee population, killing dozens and leaving others stressed.

Martine DeWit of the state Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said cold weather has been blamed for 167 of the 301 manatee deaths in Florida this year, and experts suspect cold may have killed another 50 manatees whose bodies could not be recovered, The St. Petersburg Times said Tuesday.

DeWit said manatees tend to die slowly when exposed to cold temperatures, with the animals’ immune systems eventually failing as their fat depletes.

Yet those manatees found dead of cold-related causes this year appear to have died quickly as the animals still had full stomachs and the majority of their fat remaining.

“It happened so quickly that even if we had been right there, I doubt we could have helped them,” DeWit said.

The Times said zoos and other animal sites throughout Florida have taken in a number of manatees stressed from the cold temperatures to help the wild animals survive the winter.

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