UPDATE: Winter Storm Leon (Southeast US)…late January historic ice storm

Winter storm Leon has briskly crossed the nation, hitting the deep south with ice storms, huge snow falls, and incredible effects to traffic, businesses, and even schools across the breadth of the entire southeast portion of the US. 

Tens of thousands of motorists have been stranded, most without any emergency kits in their vehicles, and some have taken as long as 20 hours to get rescued and taken to temporary shelters. This story is a STRONG reminder to have your vehicle emergency kit ready BEFORE you ever need it. Here’s a simple contents list…just in case you don’t have one built yet. 

Take a look and consider replacing stuff with all these items, as recommended by highway safety experts:

  • Hazard triangle (with reflectors) or road flares
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield scraper and brush
  • Spare tire
  • Blankets and extra warm clothing
  • Cell phone and charger
  • High-calorie, non-perishable food
  • Road salt or cat litter to help with tire traction
  • Brightly colored distress sign or “Help” or “Call Police” flag
  • Candle/matches, lighter and/or flashlight
  • Tarp for sitting or kneeling in the snow for working outside, like changing a tire

Read more here….at FoxBusiness.com

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Updates to watches and warnings can be found at http://www.weather.gov/

Details of affected areas and storm totals across these areas can be found at:


From Weather.com

Winter Storm Leon roared into the Deep South Tuesday, killing at least seven people, canceling over 3,000 flights and shutting down entire towns.

In Atlanta, businesses and schools closed early, sending hundreds of thousands of people onto the snowy roads at the same time. The roads were crowded, commute times jumped, and people who ran out of gas on the road were forced to ditch their cars and walk.

Some school districts in Alabama and Georgia thought the roads were too dangerous for buses, and had no choice but to keep kids overnight.

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 The headaches will continue all over the Southeast on Wednesday. Tuesday night, Meteorologist Jim Cantore, reporting for The Weather Channel from Charleston, S.C., was starting to see a mix of freezing precipitation that is expected to continue overnight. And in areas crippled by snow and ice, temperatures won’t provide much relief.

“We may go above freezing for a few hours this afternoon in some of these locations, but we go right back down tonight,” said Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel, on Wednesday morning. “Things are going to freeze right back up and it’s going to be another day before we can open up these roadways in many of the metro locations in the Southeast.”

Read more on their story here

National Weather Service Space imaging from 9am today shows in infrared the moisture and temperature saturating the stricken areas…as well as two new fronts hitting both the upper Western states, and another hit at the upper Midwest/Great Lakes area…

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Get the latest updates at http://www.weather.gov/satellite

And, a nice color shot from space shows the entire US in what some are again calling a “Polar Vortex”.

Arctic blanket over U.S. on January 28

 [View larger. | A frigid “blanket” of clouds and snow over the Arctic, extending down to the southeastern U.S., on January 28, 2014. Image via GOES-East satellite. Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project.]

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this image of snow on the ground and clouds overhead, looking like a blanket over the Arctic on January 28, 2014. This blanket isn’t warm, though. In fact, as the image shows, this frigid Arctic air surged into the U.S. this week, dropping temperatures in the southeastern U.S. into the 20s. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center wrote on its Flickr page:

According to NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), the Gulf coast states from southern Louisiana east to the Carolinas are facing a wintry mix of precipitation along the southern edge of the Arctic air. Meanwhile, NWS notes that wind chills throughout much of the central and eastern U.S. are in single and negative numbers during the day on January 28.



Updated: January 30, 2014 — 11:38 am

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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