Winter Storm Goliath Slams Midwest

A plow from Iowa DT plows in Waterloo, IA.

A plow from Iowa DT plows in Waterloo, IA.

From the Weather Channel: "Winter Storm Goliath, the seventh named storm of the 2015-16 season, brought more than three feet of snow and extremely dangerous blizzard conditions to parts of the Southern Plains. New Mexico was under a state of emergency, where the governor called the weather a "dire situation." The panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma were also hammered by this storm, and officials were forced to close Interstate 40, which runs through Amarillo, because of the life-threatening conditions. Major roads were covered in snow, and drifts up to 10 feet were reported. Snow drifts even stranded a couple in their car for 20 hours overnight Saturday and into Sunday near Clovis, New Mexico. Jimmy and Betty Anderson were eventually pulled from their car when whiteout conditions ended and crews were able to locate them, according to the Clovis News Journal. Central Oklahoma was also hit hard by an ice storm from Goliath, which closed interstates and knocked down trees and power lines. Nearly 200,000 lost power across the state due to the icy weather. The storm moved north and began to impact the Midwest on Monday, shutting down travel and creating dangerous, icy conditions. Hundreds of flights were canceled by the nasty weather in Chicago alone. On Tuesday, the winter storm arrived in New England, giving that region one of the first notable snow events of the season. But it came with hazards, as numerous accidents were reported on slick roads and some flights were canceled."   Thousands of flights were cancelled across the country on Monday, December 28th.

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