Cold, snow, ice again for much of U.S.
A mix of snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain was expected in parts of the southern Plains and the South, where school districts in more than a half-dozen states from Texas eastward canceled or delayed classes. Even parts of the coastal Carolinas were bracing for some precipitation.
Meanwhile, the East Coast was enduring colder-than-usual weather. Temperatures were well below average in many spots, and even far below zero.
Here’s a look at what’s happening:
Snow for sale
A Massachusetts man found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: Shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.
Kyle Waring, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, got the idea while shoveling snow. He’s launched ShipSnowYo.com.
At first, he shipped 16.9-ounce snow-filled bottles for $19.99, but he found the snow melted by the time it arrived at its destination.
So he came up with a new plan, selling six pounds at a time. He tells Boston.com that even if the snow melts a little by the time it arrives, the package can still make 10 to 15 snowballs.
No stopping for bicylce commuter
The cold and snow haven’t stopped Fraser Cunningham. On Friday, just as he’s been doing every single morning at 5:30 for more than 18 months, the 56-year-old GE engineer hopped on his bicycle and rode to work.
It was so cold, that his eyes literally froze open during the trek, he told The Cincinnati Enquirer.
“It’s better than freezing shut,” he said.
Cunningham hadn’t missed a day commuting by bicycle since July 22, 2013. Hoping to beat out his personal best continuous streak of one year, eight-and-a-half months, he’s been counting every day.
His route is 16.5 miles each way.
Missing a day because it’s raining, or snowing, or windy, would be a slippery slope, he said — it has to be every day.
As snow and frigid temperatures continue in Ohio, communities in parts of the state are running short on road salt, city officials said.
Some cities like Chagrin Falls and North Ridgeville have waited weeks for hundreds of tons of ordered salt, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.
The region has recorded nearly 60 inches of snow since November. Lower-than average temperatures have made snow harder to melt and roads more difficult to clear.
For some cities, a serious salt problem is just one more snowfall away.
“We have enough to last this next week, but if it keeps consistently snowing it’s going to be difficult,” Middleburg Heights Service Director Jim Herron told the media group.
School’s out, sledding’s in
In North Carolina, Nicole Kincaid of Wake Forest has a 15-year-old who’s a high school freshman and a 5th-grader who’s 10. The teenager was getting ready to leave the house Tuesday morning when he got a Twitter notification of the two-hour school delay.
He was waiting at the house with friends when they learned school was canceled. Being a teenager, he went back to bed, Kincaid said.
“My 10-year-old is just waking up and going outside,” Kincaid said. “We have good sledding hills in our neighborhood. And I may join him for some of that sledding.”
At the Top of Georgia Hostel & Hiking Center, a shelter for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, the branches of pine trees were dipping low with the weight of about 4 inches of snow, proprietor Bob Gabrielsen said Tuesday morning.
About 16 hikers spent the night Monday, Gabrielsen said, and all of them hiked out Tuesday morning on the trail, which was transformed into a bright white snowscape in the north Georgia mountains east of Hiawassee. This time of year, some hikers camp on the trail itself.
Gabrielsen warned that inexperienced hikers could find themselves in trouble, because weather forecasts aren’t always accurate, cellphone coverage can be spotty or nonexistent, and roads can be several miles away.
Some people think hiking the Appalachian Trail “is like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride where you can get off when you want to -- and you can’t necessarily do that,” Gabrielsen said.
Jet slips off taxiway
Nobody was hurt after an American Airlines jet slid off a taxiway and got stuck in the grass during wintry conditions at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, officials said.
The MD-80 plane’s front nose gear slipped off the taxiway as the airplane turned a corner Monday night, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
Airline officials say 63 passengers and five crew members were onboard Flight 296 from San Antonio. All passengers safely exited the plane and were taken by a bus to an airport terminal.
Airline officials haven’t confirmed what caused the plane to slip off the taxiway.