A state-by-state look at winter's latest wallop; cold temperatures, heavy snowfall across US

The Associated Press

A salt truck clears the road eastbound along Broadway during a winter storm on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in Columbia, Mo. A winter storm bore down on Missouri Tuesday, dumping enough snow to make roads treacherous and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and hundreds of schools. Eight to 11 inches of snow were forecast across a large portion of northern and central Missouri, said Mike July, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in the Kansas City suburb of Pleasant Hill. (AP Photo/The Columbia Daily Tribune, Ryan Henriksen)

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Blowing snow may have been a factor in a fatal crash in eastern Nebraska involving a farm tractor and a pickup truck, authorities said.

The Saunders County Sheriff's Office said 36-year-old Arlin Kasuske, of Ashland, was driving a pickup Tuesday afternoon near a county road when a tractor in the other lane attempted to make a left turn into a farm driveway.

The tractor's front-end loader collided with the side of Kasuske's pickup. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor was not injured.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Gov. Maggie Hassan warned New Hampshire residents to limit their travel during the upcoming winter storm.

She said state government agencies will liberally allow leave for employees who cannot safely travel to work on Wednesday.

Ahead of the storm, Hassan postponed Wednesday's scheduled State of the State address and the University of New Hampshire in Durham cancelled classes on Wednesday.

NEW JERSEY

Dozens of schools delayed opening Tuesday as New Jersey dug out from the storm, which dumped more than 9 inches of snow on parts of the state. A winter storm warning was in effect for the state's northern counties until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Forecasters say Sussex, Warren and Morris counties could receive 6 to 10 inches of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice before the precipitation changes over to freezing rain and sleet.

NEW MEXICO

A record-breaking winter dry spell came to an abrupt end in Albuquerque, which saw around 3 inches of snow. That ended the longest period between December and February without any precipitation for the city.

Nearly 4 inches of snow also were recorded in Sana Fe, prompting school officials to cancel classes.

The Department of Transportation says Interstate 25 between Rowe and Raton is snow-packed and icy, and U.S. 64 is snow-packed and icy for about 45 miles east of I-25 and about 70 miles west of I-25.

NEW YORK

A utility was warning New Yorkers about possible power outages due to the mix of snow and freezing rain.

Con Edison noted that snow and ice can bring trees and limbs down onto power lines, causing outages.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that starts overnight and continues until 6 p.m. Wednesday. New York City was expected to get 4 to 8 inches of snow, plus about one-tenth of an inch of ice.

OHIO

Ohioans were bracing for a messy rush hour on Wednesday morning, with another 6 to 10 inches of snow expected on the ground overnight.

Southeastern Ohio, which got the brunt of a snowstorm Monday, could escape the worst this time, getting its precipitation in the form of freezing rain and sleet.

The storms are causing a shortage of road salt in some Ohio counties. Geauga County, in northeast Ohio, will combat the coming storm with cinders while it awaits another shipment of salt.

In Columbus, the city's "snow warriors" were treating 300 miles of roadway with a brine solution to help keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement.

OKLAHOMA

The winter storm that dumped several inches of snow and sleet throughout a huge swath of Oklahoma Tuesday snarled some traffic and closed schools yet again.

But the moisture from the snowfall proved beneficial for one group of Oklahomans — the farmers and ranchers who have suffered through countless drought patterns, parched land and withered crops.

Forecasters say some areas of northern Oklahoma could see up to 10 inches of snow as the storm pummels the state.

PENNSYLVANIA

State officials planned to gather at the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency overnight, starting Tuesday evening with representatives from PennDOT, the State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the National Guard.

Shortly before midnight they will be joined by the Red Cross and a host of other state agencies, said PEMA spokesman Cory Angell.

The storm was expected to start rolling into the western areas of the state shortly after dark and reach the Harrisburg area around 10 p.m. Significant accumulations — perhaps a half-inch of ice in some areas — were expected to be on the ground by the Wednesday morning commute.

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