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Powerful Storms in West Turn Deadly

Eight killed by the 'Nordic outbreak' sweeping through western U.S.
Updated Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 5:28 p.m. ET

This image shows a traffic accident in the San Bernardino Mountains in California. The rain throughout the West led to flooding in San Bernardino County. (AP Photo/San Bernardino County Fire Department)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A powerful storm system that has caused hundreds of accidents across the Western U.S. has marched eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds.

The fierce weather has caused at least eight deaths and prompted advisories Saturday afternoon in New Mexico and Texas.

As thick, gray clouds covered the Southwest, forecasters said the storm would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast next week, causing problems for holiday travelers.

Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the "Nordic outbreak" will "produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation."

In New Mexico, authorities and residents braced for the second hit of a one-two punch that had already blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.

Three other storm-related deaths were reported Saturday in a crash in the Texas Panhandle involving nearly a dozen vehicles.

In California, where the storm system hit first, prompting flooding and water rescues in recent days, three deaths have been linked to the storms since Thursday, as authorities found one body near downed power lines, one man crashed his vehicle into a tree and a woman was killed when a tree fell on a parked car.

In Arizona, firefighters recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high waters Friday in the Santa Cruz River in the southern part of the state.

The storm already has affected much of the Western U.S., causing hundreds of rollover accidents and prompting officials to cancel events and close roads.

In Nevada, snow in high elevations in the rural, eastern part of the state stranded dozens of cars. No fatalities were reported and authorities got the road open again by Saturday.

In Arizona, rain came down Saturday as more than 8,000 cyclists competed in the annual El Tour de Tucson. Also, high school football games, soccer tournaments and parades were cancelled across the state.

Forecasters said parts of both California and Arizona could expect severe weather with winter storm warnings through Saturday. Weather officials said the mountains and the Antelope Valley foothills northeast of Los Angeles were under the most risk. However, they said there was only a small chance of rainstorms like those that prompted flooding in California on Thursday.

In New Mexico, it was unclear where the heaviest bands of snow would develop, meteorologist Jennifer Palucki said.

In Texas, freezing rain and cold temperatures have already hampered travel and much of the "heavy stuff" will hit south of I-20, Harris said. Several traffic accidents were reported Saturday, including the fatal crash late Friday that also left several injured hurt in Vega, about 30 miles west Amarillo, and one that injured three members of singer Willie Nelson's band when their bus struck a pillar near Sulphur Springs, north of Dallas.

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liquor001

Glad to see HARP is working!

November 24 2013 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
efvann

Go, storm, go! Take out California and Nevada- at least the big cities. And while you're at it, do a number on Washington and Oregon too. Only the cities, mind you. Like Sodom and Gomorrah, take them out.

November 24 2013 at 11:28 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Maritxusf

Help! Looking for nice three bedroom place to rent in South Florida during the winter. There is 8 inches of snow on my deck! I am serious!

November 24 2013 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

Did winter give a bite today ?.....Central New York is snowing and blowing and freezing.....looks like another winter has arrived....Yawnnnnnnnn !...same O'....same O'

November 24 2013 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lilly

Its only 49 deg. Here in Pensacola, Fl. and its 9; 39 AM now. Real chilly.

November 24 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loamylam

Yes, People do make errors. Part of being human. Still one cannot help feeling sympathy for those experiencing the rath of Mother Nature rather it be drought or freezing climate. I'm sure nobody has mis-haps deliberatey. Use common sense, tho folks. When weather is hazardous such as this epic just stay indoors if possible. Forget the holiday visits and save these luxuries for another time when there's an 'all clear' in the air. Remember, folks. It's not just your life at risk...it's the lives of those who attempt to get you back into safety...tow trucks, emergency vehicles and their drivers, So much at risk so just sit back in the comfort of your own 'sanctuary' and wait out the storm.,

November 24 2013 at 8:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mykirbyroo

It's winter, people! Slow down. Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you. SLOW DOWN. Allow much longer braking distances. Clear off your vehicle and windshield/mirrors/headlights. Wear your seatbelt.

November 24 2013 at 8:47 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
outofmyhands2

I feel fortunate. I have the A/C going at my house. It's a high-blue sky. Flowers are in full bloom. All is green. Beautiful sunsets. Temps are about 80+ these days.

November 24 2013 at 8:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mykirbyroo

It's 11 here in SE Nebraska. Furnace is working hard this morning! High of 33 today. Lucky you! Wish I was there!!!

November 24 2013 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jcc616

Oh shut up.

November 24 2013 at 9:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
BOB & SONJA

Mother Nature is very pissed off at the U.S. ! Maybe because of the actions of the leaders of the two, oop's three political parties in our country. In my eighty years of life I have never seen such childish going's on as is happening now. God help us before it's too late !!!!!!!!!

November 24 2013 at 7:58 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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recklessunicorn

Really!!! Yes Mother Nature is pissed but because of the toxic output of her residents...

November 24 2013 at 8:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda Jo

oh brother... some people really need to get out more and realize how big the World is.

November 24 2013 at 10:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rmrdave2005

well no different weather then when little house was the life people lived illegals and plain idiots kill people and only ******** go out because America has become to tech advanced and fast paced for its own good people cant get by without a cell phone tv laptop car truck etc the list goes on greed is what kills people they build housing communities in flood zones highways in and high rises in quake zones etc etc need I say more

November 24 2013 at 7:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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