Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Erin McClam and Alexander Smith
More snow from the first winter storm of the season fell Tuesday on the Upper Midwest, parts of which were digging out from a foot and a half already on the ground. And sub-freezing temperatures sent shivers as far south as Dallas.
Snow was falling in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin and across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where it came down as fast as 3 inches an hour and where forecasters said some people could get 20 inches in all.
A day earlier, 16.5 inches fell on St. Augusta, Minnesota, the snowiest day there in almost half a century. Big Mountain Summit in Montana recorded 14 inches, and Lander, Wyoming, got 11 inches.
School was canceled Tuesday in some districts in Wisconsin, and some Veterans Day events were called off. A handful of flights were scrapped, but nothing like Monday, when more than 300 were wiped out in Minneapolis.
Frigid air took hold across the center of the country, on its way to the East Coast by week’s end — bringing temperatures more normal for January than November. Dallas, which was close to 80 degrees on Monday, dipped just below freezing Tuesday morning.
The northern half of the country was expected to stay "locked in" to icy temperatures until next week, said Kevin Roth, a meteorologist at The Weather Channel.
By Friday, low temperatures are expected to be below freezing for a swath of the country from Idaho across to Maine and south to Texas and Georgia. Highs in Washington could stay in the 40s most of next week.