A storm that expanded from the Midwest to New England Wednesday caused massive travel disruptions as well as damage across the mid-Atlantic and left mounds of snow putting this winter in the record books.
Snow started coming down in the Midwest early on Wednesday morning. Significant delays were reported on the roadways near Chicago.
These delays followed the storm as it moved eastward.
By the morning rush, excessive delays spread from O'Hare and Midway in Chicago to Buffalo Niagara International in western New York.
Slick roadways were reported in southern Michigan through the morning and into Ohio.
Precipitation started falling as rain in Ohio but quickly turned to snow after the with the arrival of the cold side of the storm.
Conditions deteriorated quickly, causing a massive pileup on the Ohio Turnpike, between Toledo and Cleveland.
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Slick roadways and low visibility from the heavy snow continued to cause multi-vehicle accidents through the afternoon and evening into New York.
Part of I-90 in New York from Rochester to Waterloo was closed for a few hours due to a large accident.
Snow wasn't the only part of this storm causing problems Wednesday.
Even into Thursday, whipping winds behind the storm caused widespread power outages. On Wednesday, more than 26,500 FirstEnergy customers in Ohio were without power.
ComEd reported power outages over 45,000 across northern Illinois.
Even though snow did not reach the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas, the gusting winds managed to cause problems. Gusts over 45 mph knocked over trees, bringing power lines down with them. In southern Pennsylvania, the effects of the wind were worsened by the many toppled trees from previous storms this winter.
The heaviest corridor of snow stretched from Buffalo through central New York and into northern New England. At the Canada-United States border of Niagara Falls, more than 10 inches of snow fell.
Rochester and Syracuse areas in central New York topped out near 15 inches. Burlington, Vt., had over 18 inches of new snow as of Thursday morning.
Even with smaller snowfall amounts from this storm made an impact around the Midwest and Northeast. A small or large amount of snow pushed some locations to become one of the top 5 snowiest winters on record.
After about 7 inches of snow from the latest storm, Toledo, Ohio, has officially had its snowiest winter on record.
The general 3 to 6 inches across the Chicago region Wednesday made it the third snowiest winter on record.
A roller-coaster ride of temperatures will continue to the Northeast and Midwest in the coming week as Mother Nature slowly transitions into spring. Despite milder temperatures Friday, the weekend will bring another shot of cold.
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The warmth spanning the Korean Peninsula and Japan this weekend will get whisked away by a storm which will bring the risk of flooding downpours early next week.
The resurgence of heat will come back with a vengeance this week as the highest readings so far this year will be rivaled.
Whilst Thursday was the warmest day so far this year across the United Kingdom, the mild air will hang on for this weekend's London Marathon and St. George's Day festivities.
Clear skies will allow many across Europe to view the peak of the annual Lyrid meteor shower on Saturday night.
The threat for heavy and locally strong thunderstorms will slowly shift eastward across the southern United States into Monday.
La NASA y el CNES francés han demostrado que el desplazamiento transoceánico de fósforo procedente de África es vital para las selvas tropicales de Sudamérica. Científicos de la NASA y de las universidades de Maryland y Miami (Estados Unidos) han logrado documentar por primera vez en 3D la cantidad de polvoque viaja cada
Even though it's only spring and cool out side, the sun is strong enough to cause a nasty sunburn.
The same storm delivering rain to fire-ravaged areas of the southern Plains will soak the southeastern United States later this weekend into early next week.