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  • @TroopAOmaha/Twitter (NEW YORK) -- A winter storm took aim at the Midwest Friday, giving parts of the region their biggest snowfall so far this season.A narrow band of heavy snow caused travel headaches across parts of Illinois, southern Michigan, and Indiana. About 6 to 10 inches of snow fell in the Chicago area. O'Hare International Airport recorded 7.8 inches of snow. Some of the heaviest snow fell immediately south of the city, where locally, over a foot of snow fell. Because of the storm, the Windy City is ending this week as the snowiest week in 3 years.The heavy snow in Michigan caused numerous multi-car pileups. One fatality was reported in Fenton, and a Michigan State trooper was injured responding to a crash on an Interstate. On I-94, a multi-vehicle crash involved 16 semis and 22 passenger cars.Another disturbance slid towards the Midwest Saturday morning. Winter weather advisories were issued for parts of the Plains due to some light snow, and freezing drizzle. Some light snow was headed to Chicago Saturday morning, but accumulations were rather light with only 1 to 3 inches expected.A current concern is the heavy rain threat developing along a slow-moving frontal boundary for much of the eastern U.S. There is a heavy rain and flood threat developing from eastern Texas to New Jersey as a result of this disturbance. On Saturday morning there was heavy rain falling in Southeast Texas and parts of the Mississippi River valley.Later Saturday morning, the rain expanded and intensified across the Gulf and Southeast before moving towards the Appalachians later Saturday night. There could be some gusty thunderstorms that develop along the Gulf states Saturday, especially in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.By Sunday morning, heavy rain will be falling from Washington D.C to New York City. Locally heavy downpours can be expected across the I-95 corridor from Virginia to Rhode Island on Sunday.Another little round of snow will slide in behind this system bringing more light accumulations to parts of the Midwest, including Chicago, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids, Michigan.Chicago, which saw several rounds of snow this week, will see several rounds of snow again this weekend. Accumulations will be light, with locally 1 to 4 inches. Some snow accumulations in parts of interior New York State to Maine could reach 4 to 6 inches. There also will be patchy ice that will develop from light freezing drizzle from the Ozarks all the way to parts of the interior of New England. This could lead to slippery conditions for drivers across this region.Heavy rain could spark some flash flooding from Texas to New Jersey. Locally 3 to 4 inches of rain is possible across the entire region. Of particular concern for flooding will be along the Appalachians from northern Georgia to West Virginia.A flood watch is in effect from Montgomery, Alabama to Philadelphia through much of this weekend.Behind these systems it is quite cold. Wind chills Saturday morning in parts of the upper Midwest and northern Plains were -20 to -30 degrees below zero. Some of this colder air slides south and east for Sunday.Over on the West Coast, Los Angeles and San Francisco both are seeing their February monthly average temperature around 10-11 degrees above average. This is about to change, though -- no more records in the forecast. And while temperatures were mild Saturday, temperatures will be trending towards a little more seasonable over the next several days.A cold front moving across the Four Corners will kick up some wind. Wind gusts over 45 mph will be possible in parts of the Las Vegas area Saturday. Strong winds are also expected in parts of northern Central California, as well.The dry and windy weather is a concern for possible fires in Southern California, including the hills and mountains surrounding Los Angeles. Fires will also be possible in Arizona, near Tucson and Las Cruces.
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  • Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twenty-two states from Texas to Maine are bracing for a new winter storm that's bringing snow, ice, heavy rain and thunderstorms Tuesday night and Wednesday.Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect for the interior Northeast, where over 1 foot of snow is possible in some spots.Some snow is already falling in parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri Tuesday afternoon and showers and thunderstorms are expected from Texas to Tennessee.By Tuesday evening, icy spots will develop in northern Texas, northern Arkansas and southern Oklahoma.Later Tuesday night is when the brunt of the storm will begin, bringing snow, ice and rain from Chicago to Louisiana.The greatest impacts are expected overnight and throughout Wednesday.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hawaiians aren't the only ones who may have experienced a false sense of impending doom recently.
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  • Blacksburg Police Department(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- A trial is underway for a former Virginia Tech student who is accused of stabbing a 13-year-old girl to death after they allegedly connected over an instant messaging app.David Eisenhauer was an 18-year-old freshman when he allegedly killed 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. Prosecutors said she was stabbed 14 times.Nicole, of Blacksburg, Virginia, where Virginia Tech is located, went missing in January 2016 after she kissed her mother goodnight and climbed out of her window to meet the 18-year-old, Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt said in her opening statement today. Investigators said the seventh-grader had been secretly messaging with Eisenhauer on the app Kik.Nicole's body was found days later in Surry County, North Carolina, near the Virginia border, police said. Her body was stripped naked and dumped 4 miles from Eisenhauer's grandparent's home, Pettitt said.Eisenhauer, now 20, is charged with first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a dead body. He has pleaded not guilty.Pettitt said Eisenhauer had searched online for how long it takes to burn a body and how bodies were disposed of in the TV show "Dexter."In an interview with police, he referred to himself as the last person to see Nicole alive, Pettitt said.The defense is pointing the blame at another former Virginia Tech student, Natalie Keepers, who prosecutors say participated in dumping Nicole's body.Defense attorney John Lichenstein said Keepers bragged about planning Nicole's death and said all Eisenhauer wanted to do was clear Nicole's phone, according to ABC affiliate WSET-TV.The defense said Keepers' palm print on a shovel will point to her involvement in the planning. A bloody blanket was found in Keepers' dorm room and Nicole's phone charger was found in Keepers' desk, the defense added.Keepers, 21, who told authorities she was not there when Nicole was killed, is set to go on trial in September.WSET-TV reported that Keepers' attorney, Kris Olin, declined to comment on opening arguments in Eisenhauer's case.Nicole had a passion for pandas, music and dancing, and dreamed of being on "American Idol" someday, her mother said at a 2016 news conference.But she had many health problems in her short life. As a baby, Nicole was diagnosed with a rare tumor in her liver, her mother said, noting that when Nicole was 10 months old, she received a liver transplant. At the age of 4, Nicole was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, her mother said. Nicole was in a coma for six months and developed MRSA, Weeks said.Nicole "touched many people throughout her short life," her mother, Tammy Weeks, said at a news conference days after her death, fighting through tears. Weeks became so emotional that she could not finish reading her prepared statement.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- An El Paso County sheriff's deputy was fatally shot in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday.Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed while investigating a motor vehicle theft, Sheriff Bill Elder said at a press conference Monday evening. The male suspect opened fire, killing Flick and injuring two other sheriff's deputies and a Colorado Springs police officer, Elder said. A civilian was injured as well.Flick is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins, according to Elder."Today was his 11 year anniversary with EPSO, and our hearts are broken," El Paso County Sheriff's Office tweeted.Flick "will be missed," Elder said.The suspect died at the scene.
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