By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press
December 6, 2013 10:24 p.m.
DALLAS — Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest on Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.
By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
December 6, 2013 9:02 p.m.
LONDON — Hundreds of people in Britain mopped up flooded homes on Friday after a powerful storm, which scoured northern Europe with hurricane-force gusts, kicked up the biggest tidal surge in 60 years, swamping stretches of shoreline.
It took its time coming but when it did, wow! Wednesday was cold, very cold indeed. Vancouver dipped to 19 degrees, breaking the record of 21 degrees set in 1919. As the clock struck midnight Tuesday, Vancouver had already dropped to 22 degrees, tying the record of 22 degrees in 1919. It is possible at the time of my writing that by midnight Wednesday it dropped below 19 degrees, setting the record low lower. Unlikely, but maybe, since we were at a lower temperature at sunset than on Tuesday.
By Matt Volz, Associated Press
December 4, 2013 9:56 a.m.
HELENA, Mont. — A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions blamed in at least six deaths as it threatens crops as far south as California.
Most residents saw a wintry mix falling from the skies Monday as cold air from Canada made its way southward. Snow that fell at elevations of 800 feet and above stuck for a while. The lower elevations saw a mix of rain and snow and ice pellets. I received several reports of large, fluffy flakes falling in the lower foothills of Clark County.
A strong storm system is expected to bring significant rain to the region this weekend, then give way to deep cold next week. The combination may give Clark County its first real threat of low-elevation snow this season, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.