REPORTS: Power Out for Thousands as Subzero Temperatures Arrive

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
January 6, 2014; 7:21 AM ET
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Update 3:00 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

This blog is no longer live. See reports from the snowstorm and cold below.

A record-setting snowstorm slammed the Midwest on Sunday, and now temperatures have fallen to below zero in Chicago, St. Louis, Mo., and Indianapolis, Ind.

Thousands in the Indianapolis area are still without power in the bitter cold and temperatures will remain below zero through early Tuesday.

The arctic cold front responsible for the frigid blast will move through the East Coast Monday into Monday night and bring the coldest temperatures some have experienced in twenty years.

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This storm hit the state of Indiana especially hard Sunday and they are still feeling the effects. Many roads across the state remain closed as of early Monday morning and the City of Indianapolis has banned all travel except for emergency purposes through at least noon CST Monday.

Updates: (All times are listed in Central Time)

12:43 p.m. Monday: Newark International Airport still reporting delays due to weather/wind, according to the FAA. All other Eastern airports previously facing weather delays this morning have resumed to normal delays of 15 minutes or less.

7:05 a.m. Monday: "Most of the lakes have already begun producing lake-effect snow this morning, with Lake Ontario soon to begin," Meteorologist Evan Duffey said. "Travel will be difficult in typical lake-effect places today, if not impossible at times." Concerns for the heaviest snow are off Lakes Erie and Ontario with 2-4 feet possible off Ontario through Thursday.

5:50 a.m. Monday: FlightStats reporting over 2,500 of today's flights have already been canceled and over 1,200 of those are flights in and out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

5:33 a.m. Monday: According to the FAA website, the airports in Bloomington, Ind., and Terre Haute, Ind., are closed and it is not known when they will reopen. Also, due to low ceilings, delays are averaging 31 minutes at Philadelphia International Airport.

5:20 a.m. Monday: According to the Maine Turnpike, freezing rain is causing hazardous driving conditions in some areas and speeds have been reduced to 45 mph.

3:25 a.m. Monday: An arctic cold front is approaching the Appalachians and temperatures are falling in its wake. The temperature in Pittsburgh, Pa., has fallen 17 degrees since 1 a.m. EST and rain has changed to snow. Roads will be icy for the morning commute in the Pittsburgh area and the temperature will fall below zero on Monday evening.

2:48 a.m. Monday: According to the website of Indianapolis Power and Light, 26,816 customers in the Indianapolis metro area are without power as of 2:36 a.m. CST. Current temperatures in the area are around 3 below zero and they will stay below zero through Tuesday morning.

2:40 a.m. Monday: Parts of the Atlanta, Ga., area are having snowflakes as temperatures fall with the passage of the arctic cold front. The temperature in Atlanta was in the low 50s around midnight, but will not get out of the middle 20s during the day on Monday.

1:06 a.m. Monday: Temperatures have fallen below zero across the Chicago area. Current temperature is 5 degrees below zero at O'Hare with a RealFeel temperature of 36 below zero.

12:35 a.m. Monday: The National Weather Service is receiving numerous reports of slick roads in eastern Kentucky. The NWS, via the 911 call center, reported vehicles were sliding off roads in Somerset, Ky.

11:40 p.m. Sunday: The NWS reports a COCORAHS observer measured 16.2 inches of snow near Columbia City, Ind., 18 miles west of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

11:24 p.m. Sunday: Temperatures continue to plummet in the Upper Midwest. Minneapolis is currently 19 degrees below zero with a RealFeel temperature of 47 degrees below zero. The RealFeel temperature in Rochester, Minn., is currently 55 degrees below zero.

10:52 p.m. Sunday: The National Weather Service is receiving many reports of one half to one inch of snow and icy roads in eastern Tennessee. Rain will change to snow along I-75 between Chattanooga and Knoxville and temperatures will drop into the 20s over the next 1-2 hours. This will result in icy roads and treacherous driving conditions.

10:05 p.m. Sunday: The National Weather Service, via a public report relayed through WWMT-TV, reports 14.5 inches of snow has fallen in Coldwater, Mich., southeast of Kalamazoo.

9:47 p.m. Sunday: All Indiana University campuses are closed to all but critical personnel until 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 due to the winter storm, according to the school's website.

9:10 p.m. Sunday: Mayor Greg Ballard bans unnecessary travel in Indianapolis.

8:50 p.m. Sunday: I-65 from State Road 26 to U.S. 30 and I-80/94 from U.S. 421 to the Illinois State Line, Indiana State Police said. Police and the Indiana National Guard are assisting stranded motorists.

8:40 p.m. Sunday: Thirteen inches of snow fell two miles east of Wallen, Ind., north of Fort Wayne, an NWS spotter reported.

7:50 p.m. Sunday: Blizzard conditions reported in northern Indiana. Dangerous conditions at I-80/94 and Ripley Street, Lake County, Ind.

7:20 p.m. Sunday: Heavy snow will continue for the next several hours from northwestern Ohio back into eastern Michigan, AccuWeather Meteorologist Joseph McCormick said. Snow was coming to an end in the Chicago area and western Indiana. A brief snow squall is possible from western Kentucky into Louisville.

6:45 p.m. Sunday: Tennessee declared a state of emergency for the severe winter storm, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said. The agency discouraged travel in the state as slick road conditions with flash freezing are possible.

6:30 p.m. Sunday: 14.5 inches of snow fell at Glen Carbon, Ill., southwest of Edwardsville, Ill., NWS spotter reported.

5:55 p.m. Sunday: Springfield, Ill., breaks Jan. 5 snow record with 7 inches. The old record occurred in 1969 with 2.3 inches.

5:25 p.m. Sunday: St. Louis shatters Jan. 5 snow record with 10.3 inches. The old record was 2.6 inches, set in 1979.

4:50 p.m. Sunday: About 2,000 flights have been canceled or delayed on Sunday at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, where 6 inches of snow had fallen.

4:15 p.m. Sunday: 25 mph restrictions on Goethals, Commodore Barry, Betsy Ross & Bayonne bridges in New Jersey, NJ 511 reports.

3:55 p.m. Sunday: Whiteout conditions reported by emergency manager in Steuben County, Ind., where between 6 to 10 inches of snow has fallen.

3:40 p.m. Sunday: Lexington, Tenn., to Jackson, Tenn., are seeing temperatures drops 1 degree every mile. Lexington: 48 degrees. Jackson: 32 degrees.

3:30 p.m. Sunday: Expect heavy snow to continue from northern and western Indiana, eastern Illinois into Michigan and western Ohio for the next several hours, Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said. Scattered freezing drizzle will continue in Pennsylvania and New York. Heavy rain is in southern Ohio, southern Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

3:15 p.m. Sunday: Snowy travel continues in Indianapolis, Indiana DOT webcam shows at I-465 and West 56th Street.

2:50 p.m. Sunday: Flight delays and cancellations from the snow and ice total more than 3,450 at airports across the region, according to FlightStats.

2:33 p.m. Sunday: I-57 northbound near Neoga, Ill., is temporarily closed due to a crash, reports the Illinois Department of Transportation.

2:14 p.m. Sunday: 7.9 inches of snow measured at the Indianapolis International Airport, according to the National Weather Service office.

1:40 p.m. Sunday: The National Weather Service has issued a "Particularly Dangerous Situation" for central and southern Minnesota, as well as west central Wisconsin, through noon on Tuesday, Jan., 7, 2014, due to the cold air and wind chill in the region.

1:00 p.m. Sunday: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard issues a travel watch in the city, due to the combination of snow and cold. He also asks schools and businesses to close or delay openings tomorrow.

12:40 p.m. Sunday: 9 inches of snow at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, according to the area's National Weather Service office.

12:05 p.m. Sunday: Snow continues to fall in St. Louis, Mo., on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (Twitter photo/Lewis Parker).

11:50 p.m. Sunday: More than 1,500 flights have been delayed or canceled today at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, according to FlightStats.

11:45 p.m. Sunday: "Temperatures in the mid-20s with light freezing rain will create a glaze of ice on roadways in Harrisburg, York, Lancaster and Allentown, Pa.," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.

11:28 p.m. Sunday: Multiple crashes reported along I-70 in Indiana. The Eastside ramp of I-70 eastbound at I-465 will be closed for the next two hours due to icy road conditions, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

10:39 a.m. Sunday: One fatality reported due to an auto accident on an icy road in City of Lynchburg County, Va., according to a 911 call center.

10:30 a.m. Sunday: Recent snow totals reported by trained spotters: 5.4 inches in St. Louis City; 7.5 inches in Glen Carbon, Ill.; 7.0 inches in Belleville, Ill.; 8 inches in Arnold, Mo., just south of downtown St. Louis.

10:20 a.m. Sunday: The latest from Meteorologist Justin Povick:

9:27 a.m. Sunday: NWS reports 4.5 inches of snow on the ground in St. Louis, MO according to a trained spotter.

9:25 a.m. Sunday: The FAA reports that JFK Airport is back open but a ground stop remains in effect due to weather and icy conditions. The FAA is urging people to call ahead and check with specific air carriers for the latest information on delays and cancellations.

8:37 a.m. Sunday: Interstates 435, 635, 470 and 70 completely snow covered into Kansas City, Mo., the Missouri Department of Transportation reports: I-70 westbound at Main Street

8:25 a.m. Sunday: "Over the next couple of hours, heavy snow with snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour will continue from St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL to Indianapolis, IN. Freezing drizzle will expand farther north in Pennsylvania to State College, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Allentown causing icy roadways to develop," according to Meteorologist Brian Edwards. "Icing will also persist through the midday hours from the northern suburbs of Washington D.C. through Philadelphia, Newark and New York City."

8:04 a.m. Sunday: JFK International Airport is now closed due to snow and ice, according to the FAA. The airport is expected to reopen at 11:30 a.m. Light freezing rain has been falling at the airport for roughly two hours.

7:58 a.m. Sunday: More than 1,175 flights have been canceled at Chicago O'Hare due to snow today, according to FlightStats.

6:48 a.m. Sunday: Heavy snow has begun in St. Louis, Mo. with visibility now reduced to 1/4 mile.

6:37 a.m. Sunday: NJ Turnpike Authority reports that 45 mph speed restrictions are in effect from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to Interchange 12 in both directions due to freezing rain.

5:41 a.m. Sunday: Trained spotter reports 3.7 inches of snow so far near Georgetown, Ind. with 9 inches on the ground.

4:55 a.m. Sunday: 4 inches of snow just east of Kalamazoo, Mich., reports National Weather Service spotter.

4:25 a.m. Sunday: It is snowing moderately near Kankakee, Ill. with 2.5 inches of snow recorded so far, National Weather Service spotter reports.

4:10 a.m. Sunday: Hundreds of inbound and outbound flights have already been canceled at O'Hare International Airport (via FlightStats)

3:57 a.m. Sunday: Several inches of snow has fallen around the Chicago area overnight, leaving many roads covered with snow. This includes much of I-80/94 running across northern Indiana.


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