ST. GEORGE — As the largest Ironman event Southern Utah has ever seen approaches, traffic impacts on race day and leading up to it aren’t far behind.
The Ironman World Championship will take place May 7, with athletes and associated supporters expected to start arriving in the weeks leading up to the Saturday race. As it is a larger event than usual, area officials have advised residents to expect heavier traffic while also asking them to be being mindful of the athletes using local roads for training prior to race day.
Road closures taking place May 7 will be similar to those that occur during the annual Ironman 70.3 race through the county, and will run through parts of Hurricane, Washington City, St. George, up state Route 18, the Gunlock area and through Snow Canyon State Park and Ivins.
As this will be a full Ironman and not the usual 70.3 event, however, parts of the course have been modified to accommodate the 138.2-mile biking and running parts of the race. This includes a part of the marathon course running onto Dixie Drive and down toward Mathis Park and through the Green Springs area of St. George.
The greater length of the race also means it will take longer and won’t conclude by the early afternoon. Instead, the race and associated traffic impacts will stretch in the evening as well, particularly in St. George, said Marc Mortensen, assistant city manager of operations in St. George.
“It won’t be impossible to get around,” he said. “You just need to plan ahead.”
In an effort to get the word out on the traffic impacts the race will create, Ironman event planners and the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office have sent mailed notices on the impacts to the homes and businesses that will be affected, Mortensen said. The city of St. George also provided additional notice to residents about the race in their utility bills, he said.
Reader boards notifying motorists of pending road closures have also been set up on state Routes 7, 9 and 18.
Another method being used to help people get around town is through signs posted by closed roads that have a QR code on them, Mortensen said. A motorist can pull over to the sign, scan the QR code into their phone and be taken to a page detailing a detour they can take.
An overview of the Ironman World Championship course, road closures and detours, and an interactive map showing their locations, can be found on the Greater Zion website. Part of this information is also shared below, courtesy of the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office.
Road closures may also begin as early as May 2 in some areas. Race times may also be subject to changes depending on the progression of the participants.
Sand Hollow Road/Dixie Springs | Road closures and delays beginning at 3:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North of State State/SR-9 | Road closures and delays beginning at 3:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Businesses along SR-9 in the Legacy Park/Fairgrounds area/5300 West | Road closures and delays beginning at 3:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Snow Canyon State Park | Closures and delays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Center Street | Closures and delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Kwavasa Drive | Closures and delays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All-day street closures between May 2-8.
Tabernacle from Main to 300 West.
Main Street from 100 South to the Advenire and Zions Bank entrances.
Expect delays on routes around the IRONKids race at 9 a.m., May 3, Parade of Athletes at 5:30 p.m., May 3, and the Land of Endurance Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., May 5, primarily around Town Square.
May 7-8 (Saturday and Sunday) traffic impacts.
Red Hills Parkway | Road closures and delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Snow Canyon Parkway | Road closures and delays 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ledges Parkway | Road closures and delays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Diagonal Street | Road closures and delays from 9 a.m. on May 7 to 3 a.m. on May 8.
Bluff from Sunset Boulevard to Snow Canyon Parkway | road closures and delays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bluff from W 1250 North to Sunset Boulevard | Road closures and delays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Dixie Drive | Delays 9 a.m. on May 7 to 2 a.m. on May 8.
Main Street from Diagonal to 100 South | Closed from 7:00 a.m. on May 7 to 2 a.m. on May 8.
Tabernacle Street from 400 East to 300 West | Closed all day.
St. George Boulevard | Closed at the intersection of Main Street from 10 a.m. on May 7 to 2 a.m. on May 8.
Telegraph Street | Closures and delays from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Washington Parkway | Closures and delays from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Main Street | Closures and delays from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Buena Vista Boulevard | Closures and delays from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Green Spring Drive | Closures and delays from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Old Dixie Highway 91/Gunlock Road | Closures and delays 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Southbound one-way traffic only from Veyo to Old Dixie Highway 91.
State Route 9
State Route 9 is a major highway connecting Interstate-15, and the communities on the west side of Washington County (St. George, Washington, Santa Clara, Ivins) to Hurricane, LaVerkin, Toquerville, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east. Motorists are encouraged to avoid SR9 during the race on May 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please use the following alternate routes:
Southbound I-15 | Use Exit 27 (Anderson Junction) toward Toquerville, LaVerkin, Hurricane, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east. Avoid Exit 16.
Northbound I-15 | Avoid Exit 16. Instead, continue north to Exit 27 (Anderson Junction) toward Toquerville, La Verkin, Hurricane, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east.
SR-9 from Springdale, Zion National Park | Avoid westbound SR9 in Hurricane. Instead, use SR17 north to access I-15.
SR-9 from Hurricane | Avoid westbound SR9. Instead, use SR9 east to SR17 north to access I-15.
SR-59 from Apple Valley, Hildale, Colorado City | Avoid westbound SR9 in Hurricane. Instead, use SR9 east to SR17 north to access I-15.
State Route 7 (Southern Parkway)
State Route 7 is a major highway connecting St. George to State Route 9 in Hurricane and other communities on the east. SR-7 will be closed in both directions from the SR-9 interchange to Warner Valley Road with no vehicle access from 4:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please consider the following alternate routes:
Hurricane to St. George Area | SR-7 is closed in both directions from Warner Valley Road to the SR-9 interchange. SR-9 has only one lane of traffic in both directions. Avoid westbound SR-9 in Hurricane. Instead, use SR-17 north to access I-15.
St. George to Hurricane, La Verkin, Springdale, Zion National Park | SR-7 is closed in both directions from Warner Valley Road to the SR-9 interchange. Use I-15 northbound to Exit 27 (Anderson Junction) toward Toquerville, La Verkin, Hurricane, Springdale and Zion National Park on the east.
State Route 18
State Route 18 is a major highway connecting St. George and other communities in southern Washington County to Dammeron Valley, Veyo, Brookside, Central, and Enterprise on the north. Motorists are encouraged to avoid SR18 between St. George and Veyo during the race on May 7 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you must use SR-18, expect a lane-shift configuration and delays. Additional detours will be encountered as vehicles enter or leave St. George. Please consider the following alternate routes:
Southbound | At Veyo, turn onto W. Center Street/Gunlock Drive and follow Gunlock Drive to Santa Clara/St. George. Southbound traffic only.
Southbound (Large Trucks) | From Enterprise, use SR-18 eastbound toward Cedar City/I-15.
Northbound (Large Trucks) | From St. George, use I-15 to Cedar City before heading west on SR-18.
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Mori Kessler serves as a Senior Reporter for St. George News, having previously contributed as a writer and Interim Editor in 2011-12, and an assistant editor from 2012 to mid-2014. He began writing news as a freelancer in 2009 for Today in Dixie, and joined the writing staff of St. George News in mid-2010. He enjoys photography and won an award for photojournalism from the Society of Professional Journalists for a 2018 photo of a bee inspector removing ferals bees from a Washington City home. He is also a shameless nerd and has a bad sense of direction.
Following the war in Ukraine, many Americans have seen an increase in prices, especially in travel costs. AAA reports the average price for gas in Boone County is almost $4 per gallon, with the state’s average at $3.84 per gallon.
People are also seeing an increase in the prices of airfare as well.
Robert Rogers told ABC 17 News he booked his round trip flight to New Orleans three weeks in advance and payed $500 compared to in the past when he would pay around $300.
Rogers says that he uses the app “Hopper” to book his flights and feels the general cost of everything will continue to go up due to the war in Ukraine. However, this isn’t the case for all travelers.
Mo Jones told ABC 17 News she was happy with her flight pricing. Jones says she booked a round trip from Albuquerque, New Mexico into Columbia for $250. Jones says she also noticed the increase in Missouri gas prices during her stay.
She feels this is great opportunity for the U.S. to move more towards electric vehicles.
“Certainly gas prices have gone up substantially in a way that a lot of us didn’t expect, but I think we’ve all known that we need to move away from fossil fuel. Prices are continuing to increase. I think that’s just going to be apart of our future and it’s a great time to maybe embrace some new technology,” Jones said.
American Airlines announced Friday, it will be adding an additional flight that will depart from Columbia to Dallas Fort Worth international airport. The first flight will being April 6 and fly to DFW at 11:59 a.m. daily.
The added flight gives Columbia Regional Airport a total of five daily outbound flights – three to DFW and two to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The Columbia Regional Airport Manager said it’s a period of change and improvement for Columbia.
“We are excited to increase the number of flights to and from COU. The City of Columbia will continue to create an environment where businesses such as American Airlines can thrive and find success in this region,” said Mike Parks with the COU Airport.
CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Saturday’s snowstorm brought heavy snow and wind across the Capital Region, causing travel disruptions both on the road and in the air. While officials urged motorists to avoid unnecessary travel, those that did venture out ran into slippery conditions.
Plows have been out in full force area-wide since the snow began falling overnight Saturday, “We have close to 440 operators and staff on-hand here for this snow in just the Greater Capital Region,” Bryan Viggiani, a spokesperson for Region 1 of the New York State Department of Transportation, said.
But while crews have been out since the snow started, the wind and rate of snowfall posed challenges throughout the day.
“That snow will accumulate on a road even immediately after a plow goes through. If a plow goes through and comes back an hour later, you can expect two inches of snow or more back on that road,” Viggiani said, explaining the challenges of clearing roadways when snow is accumulating quickly.
Even after the snow ends, Viggiani says it’s important to take it slow and be mindful of the potential of snow being blown back onto the road, or freezing temperatures causing patches of ice, “We’ve got crews on call to keep an eye on that if the wind does blow snow back on the roads and also if the wind causes secondary problems.”
Viggiani also reminds motorists who are on the road with plows to not tailgate or pass them.
Those hitting the road weren’t the only ones that ran into travel headaches because of the weather. It was a quiet afternoon at Albany International Airport with a slew of flights from different carriers canceled or delayed because of the weather.
Today is the 80th anniversary of Executive Order (E.O.) 9066, in which then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the evacuation of “persons deemed a threat to national security.” After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. government used executive action to forcibly remove those of Japanese heritage from the West Coast of the country. The military uprooted tens of thousands of Japanese Americans from their homes and sent them into concentration camps (as far east as Arkansas) for years. The day is now recognized as the Day Of Remembrance Of Japanese American Incarceration During World War II.
In observance of this day, we want to share some books that reflect on the lives of those who were in those prison camps. There are memoirs, biographical narratives, and one or two works of fiction from the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those incarcerated during WWII.
No-No Boy by John Okada
(University of Washington Press)
Initially published in 1957, Okada’s No-No Boy is widely considered one of the first novels to detail the experiences of Japanese internment by someone who lived it. He tells the fictional story of Ichiro Yamada, who chose “no-no”, thus declining to serve in the U.S. military during WWII, and the fall out from his community after.
“No-no” is an epithet for those who selected “no” for questions 27 and 28 of the required loyalty questionnaire. Some camps segregated the “no-no”s and revoked citizenship (regardless of the country they were born in.) The questions were:
Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty, wherever ordered?
Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any and all attacks by foreign and domestic forces, and forswear any form of allegiance or disobedience to the Japanese Emperor, or any other foreign government, power, or organization?
At odds with many Issei (first generation of Japanese Americans who were middle-aged or older during WWII) both in the camps and after, many Japanese Americans (and publishing at large) disregarded Okada’s novel for decades.
We Are Not Free by Tracie Chee
Chee’s historical fiction Y.A. novel follows a tight-knit group of friends from Japantown, San Francisco, who experienced those uprooted years together. The four friends try to stay true to themselves among conflict within their families and the country where they grew up. As teenage Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans), they felt especially resistant and vulnerable to the unjust actions of the U.S. government.
In 2021, The National Book Award shortlisted We Are Not Free in the Young People’s Literature category.
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Seven Scott
(Top Shelf Productions)
George Takei’s (of Star Trek fame) graphic memoir shares his experience growing up in the camps as a child. Only five years old at the time of the E.O., he didn’t fully understand what was going on. Because his parents were trying to protect him, Takei’s imagination (and lies from older kids) shaped his perception for a while. Later moments of the graphic novel show Takei processing this event of his childhood as an adult and the path to reparations.
If your looking for a fictional title, another one that reads very well is Displacement by Kiki Hughes. Inspired by Octavia Butler, teenager Kiku finds herself traveling back in time where she witnesses her grandmother’s internment, and learns how those years changed her grandmother’s life forever.
Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald
At the age of 16, the author and her family decided to collect and burn all of their Japanese possessions after hearing about FBI searches following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Two months later, the government uprooted her family from their 10-acre farm in Vashon Island, Washington and sent them to the Midwest.
For decades, Gruenewald, like many Japanese Americans who remembered the camps, stayed silent about her experience. This silence came from shame, the instinct to bury the pain, and the need to assimilate for survival when they left the camps. In 2005 upon her eighties, Gruenewald finally spoke up about the psychological effects of living in the concentration camps.
We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistaance to Wartime Incarceration by Frank Abe & Tamiko Nimurs, artwork by Ross Ishikawa & Matt Saski
In many of the darkest parts of American history, there is this false narrative that nobody resisted or that these acts of violence were a choice. Almost all of these books touch on this. However, We Hereby Refuse centers on the resistance of three Japanese Americans interned during WWII and includes narratives about more “no-no”s.
Weaving together these three narratives, this graphic novel looks at the small and large ways some defied this unjust system. Not just the act of being put in the guarded camps, but also the loyalty oaths and forced deployment of some to fight for the U.S. while their families remained in these camps stripped of their civil liberties.
Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment by Linda Gordon and Gary Y. Okihiro
(W. W. Norton & Company)
If Dorothea Lange sounds familiar, it’s because she is the photojournalist known for capturing the millions of lives upended by The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Her other significant contribution to American history was documenting the tens of thousands of Japanese Americans forced to travel to the Midwest.
Lange’s photos capture the uncertainty of the families and the many unknowns regarding their future. The public saw almost no pictures of the camps until after the war, and the federal government censored most of the 119 photos in this book for decades.
(images: Chin Music, University of Washington Press, and Clarion Books.)
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The U.S. Department of State says in a new travel advisory Americans should not travel to Ukraine and those in the country should leave.
In addition President Joe Biden said Americans in Ukraine should leave the country during an interview with Lester Holt.
“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things could go crazy quickly,” Biden said during the interview with Holt.
The manager of an El Paso Travel company says they are not booking trips to Russia and Ukraine and haven’t been for a while.
“Russia and Ukraine are going to be totally off to selling to the public especially Ukraine at this time,” said Sara Williams the Manager of Buck Rogers Travel.
Williams says before the pandemic she did have El Pasoans booking trips to those areas.
“There’s cruises as well as well as sight seeing,” said Williams. “We had quite a few people interested in visiting that area so it was really no problem at that time but this time it is, it’s a problem.”
KTSM 9 News reached out to New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso asking about students possibly studying abroad in Ukraine or Russia.
NMSU says they do not have students studying in either country.
“NMSU currently does not offer study abroad programs in Russia or Ukraine,” said Minerva Baumann a spokesperson for NMSU.
As for the travel advisory the U.S. State Department of State warns Americans who remain in Ukraine to use increased caution and say the U.S wont be able to evacuate them.
“U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that the U.S. government will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens in the event of Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine,” the travel advisory reads.
Winter weather was not kind to the area Thursday. The forecasted snow began falling and created some issues for travelers.
Accidents were reported throughout the afternoon Thursday as snow blanketed the area.
An ambulance slid off the road in Keating Township on U.S. Route 6 in the area of Deadman’s Curve, a rollover accident occurred on Looker Mountain Trail shortly before the road was closed to traffic and an accident was reported on Route 59 in Lafayette Township, all in the noon hour.
Later in the day, a crash occurred on U.S. Route 219 in Limestone, N.Y.. another accident involving a tractor trailer occurred past Lantz Corners near Halsey Road and cars were reported in ditches in various locations.
Meanwhile, downtown Bradford dealt with a power outage from early morning through the beginning of the work day.
Two inches of snow were observed to have fallen as of late afternoon Thursday, with more falling steadily through the evening.
A winter storm warning remained in effect until 10 a.m. today, with total accumulations of 8 to 11 inches of snow forecast for McKean and Warren counties.
The warning stated hazardous conditions could impact this morning’s commute.
Both Bradford Area and Otto-Eldred school districts announced Thursday afternoon they would operate on a two-hour delay today. Oswayo Valley School District will provide remote instruction to students for a second day in a row.
Much of New England is still buried in snow after Saturday’s blizzard, and another round of winter weather is on its way.
More ice than snow is expected Friday, and public works crews are being called in overnight to treat roadways.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is telling non-emergency state workers in the executive branch not to go to their workplaces Friday.
“Driving tomorrow is expected to be horrible, especially tomorrow morning, and we are asking everyone to be careful and stay off the roads if possible,” Baker said in a statement Thursday evening. “If you have to travel, please take extra time, drive slowly and look out for the flash freeze on the roads.”
“We’re going to be working all night,” said Jorge Jaime, director of the Lawrence Department of Public Works.
He’s asking residents to respect the winter parking ban.
“We have narrow streets. We have big equipment, so we expect them to be parked properly,” Jaime said.
The weather is impacting travel in the air, as well. With the storm dropping freezing rain and snow from Texas through the Ohio Valley and into the Midwest, thousands of flights have been grounded.
Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights nationwide on Wednesday and more than 4,000 Thursday.
At Logan, as of around 7 p.m., there were 156 cancellations Thursday, as well as 91 delays. Another 390 flights had already been canceled for Friday.
With the storm moving into New England Friday, travelers at Logan Airport were getting out Thursday.
Ken Maser was headed to Washington and says the Airline kept passengers informed.
“They gave me the option, but I looked at the weather and it didn’t seem like we really needed that option,” he said.
He was not alone in checking how the airlines were doing. Cambria Cloutier did her due diligence.
“All day yesterday, because I knew we were getting a snowstorm, I was looking to see if flights left on time or if there were any delays, and surprisingly, they didn’t,” she said. “Actually, some of them left early, so I was like, ‘OK, I’m actually not worried at all.'”
Melissa Bickam is bound for Georgia and says Delta offered to change her flight if she was concerned about the weather. But she did some research and decided to stay the course.
“But I also received notification that for any flight between 8 and 12 and 1 and 4 today to be here three hours earlier versus two hours for your flight,” Bickam said.
Thursday departure seems to be the right choice, with Friday morning especially shaping up to be a tough time to fly out of Logan Airport.
The upcoming nor’easter will produce a host of impacts.
Power outages and tree damage could be widespread in some areas.
Travel might be difficult, if not impossible at times.
Parts of the Northeast coast will see coastal flooding.
A nor’easter will hammer parts of the East Coast late Friday into Saturday with heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding.
Our latest, complete forecast on this storm, which is likely to morph into an intense low-pressure system that meteorologists refer to as a bomb cyclone, is here.
This article will focus on the storm’s potential impacts – how this storm may affect you.
Roads will become slippery Friday night from parts of North Carolina to southern New England.
Saturday into Saturday night, travel may become dangerous, if not impossible, due to heavy snow and potential blizzard conditions in eastern and southern New England. Do not travel during this time in these areas; You may become stranded.
At least some snowy travel is expected Saturday from the lower Hudson Valley into New Jersey, the Delmarva Peninsula, Virginia Tidewater and eastern North Carolina.
The storm will be over by Sunday morning but snow-covered, hazardous roads are still likely in New England.
Major airport delays and cancellations can be expected at the major Northeast hubs late Friday into Saturday, particularly Boston-Logan, LaGuardia, JFK, Newark and Philadelphia.
Power Outages, Wind Damage
High winds are most likely Saturday and Saturday night from eastern Long Island to areas near the coast in New England, including Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod.
These winds – combined with the weight of heavy snow – may down trees and power lines, leading to widespread power outages that could last for several hours in these areas. Downed trees may also block roads.
At least some downed tree limbs and power outages are also possible from the New York City tri-state area southward to parts of the mid-Atlantic coast Friday night into Saturday night.
In general, coastal flooding is expected during the Saturday morning and evening high tides.
At least minor coastal flooding is possible from eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia to the Jersey Shore, including parts of Chesapeake Bay.
Some minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible along parts of Long Island, both sound side and ocean side.
Coastal flooding may be highest – up to moderate flood stage in spots – in eastern Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and Nantucket, during the Saturday morning and evening high tides.
Some coastal roads susceptible to flooding may become impassable at times of high tide Saturday. Some beach erosion is also possible.
A few areas from North Carolina to southern New England may minor coastal flooding again around Sunday morning’s high tide, but water levels should subside after that.
Cold After the Storm
Sunday morning lows will bottom out in the teens or single digits, while highs will rise into 20s, at most, in the storm-affected areas. Lows Monday morning may be about as cold as Sunday morning.
This lingering cold could keep roads slippery – at least side streets and stretches of other roads – into early Monday.
Highs are forecast to warm into the 30s Monday afternoon from southern New England into the New York City tri-state area, allowing some remaining snow to melt.
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Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario remained under winter storm or blizzard warnings
A major winter storm blanketed a swathe of North America in snow Monday as it sliced up the US east coast into Canada, disrupting travel and cutting power to thousands of homes.
Many Americans who had been without electricity — about 120,000 of them Monday afternoon — seemed to be back online by the evening, according to the website PowerOutage.us. The biggest concentration of outages came in the mid-Atlantic state of West Virginia and the southeastern states of North and South Carolina and Georgia.
More than 1,700 flights within, into or out of the United States were canceled by Monday evening, in addition to the 3,000 the day before, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Large parts of the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario remained under winter storm or blizzard warnings, according to a Canadian government website.
In Toronto, up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow was expected — “a historic storm for the city,” tweeted Anthony Farnell, chief meteorologist of Canadian TV channel Global News.
“The @cityoftoronto has declared a major snow storm condition in response to today’s heavy and disruptive snowfall which will help support our city-wide snow removal operations,” Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted Monday, and triggering a rule that prevents cars from parking in certain areas while the powder is cleared.
Many schools were closed and school buses were not operating in Quebec and the south of Ontario, including the Toronto area. Students had been due to return to classrooms on Monday in both provinces after the holiday break.
Monday was a national holiday in the United States, so most schools and businesses were already closed, though many people usually take the opportunity to travel during the long weekend.
The US National Weather Service (NWS) said earlier it expected the storm to “slowly wind down today,” but that snow would continue to fall through the evening in upper New York and New England.
The heaviest snowfall was recorded in Ashtabula, Ohio, the agency said.
“Significant impacts due to snow, ice, wind, and coastal flooding will persist across a large area,” NWS said in a tweet.
The storm spawned damaging tornadoes in Florida, while in the Carolinas and up through the Appalachian mountain region, icy conditions and blustery winds raised concerns.
Powerful winds downed trees and caused coastal flooding, with a 12-foot storm surge reported in Boston.
According to scientists, climate change could be an aggravating factor for extreme weather events like snowstorms, as well as deadly floods, typhoons and heat waves.
Transport was also seriously disrupted, with drivers warned of hazardous road conditions and major travel headaches from the southern US state of Arkansas to Quebec.
A portion of busy interstate highway I-95 was closed in North Carolina.
In Toronto, police tweeted that they had closed two sections of highway due to extreme weather, and asked drivers to stay home, “unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
State of emergency
“We’re seeing a number of cars having to stop and de-ice their windshield,” the Quebec transportation ministry tweeted Monday morning.
“Heavy precipitation and gusts allow ice to form, despite windshield wipers — all the more reason to stay home!”
US officials also discouraged driving, and many states prepositioned teams to deal with the emergency, especially in the south, where snow is much less common.
The northeastern United States already experienced snow chaos earlier this month. When a storm blanketed the northeast, hundreds of motorists were stuck for more than 24 hours on the I-95, a major highway linking to Washington.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)