Heavy snow hits Arizona, hail turns California beach white
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A winter storm has brought snow and rain to Arizona, with heavy snow forcing schools, government offices in the northern part of the state and the Grand Canyon's visitor centers to close Monday.
Another 4 to 10 inches of snow were forecast for areas above 6,000 feet in elevation around Flagstaff and the Mogollon Rim before the winter storm moves out Tuesday. Travel on major interstates was slow.
Rain fell in the state's desert terrain, and one official said some people couldn't leave or return after low-water crossings became flooded. Many areas already were soaked with rain or blanketed with snow from the weekend.
In southern Utah, where a weekend storm dumped about a foot of snow in the higher elevations, people could see 4 to 8 inches more of snow. And more heavy snow was forecast across Colorado's mountains, where several feet of snow have already fallen in the last week.
A weekend blizzard in Alaska featured winds of about hurricane levels. The National Weather Service recorded a gust of 76 mph - just into hurricane territory -at Point Thomson, the Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1M1GOqV ), an Anchorage newspaper, reported.
WHITE BEACHES - BUT NOT SAND
Southern California's "Surf City" beach turned white with hail as a fast-moving storm dumped hail. At least an inch of icy pellets coated the sand at Huntington Beach, the National Weather Service said.
Brianna Burkhart, who works at Duke's restaurant on the city pier, says the sky suddenly turned dark and then opened up. She says when it was over the beach was completely white and it looked like it had snowed.
It was the second winter storm to hit the area in several days. The first kept showering inland areas as it diminished and moved east, the weather service said. Scattered flood warnings and winter weather advisories were in place.
Garbage haulers in Boston have started taking away the lawn chairs, milk crates, traffic cones and other "space savers" that people set out on the street to reserve the parking spaces they've dug out.
The garbage crews began collecting the items Monday after Mayor Marty Walsh declared an end to the longstanding tradition - at least until the next major storm.
Boston, which has gotten more than 8 1/2 feet of snow this season, is just a few inches away from its snowiest winter in history - and more is on the way. The space savers are generally allowed up to 48 hours after a storm, but many items have been on the streets for over a month, as the snow has kept coming.
In Boston and in other snowy cities, the rule in many neighborhoods is: If you dig it out, it's yours. Drivers who violate that etiquette and cast aside the space savers might return to find their car vandalized.
Some fear that without the space savers, neighbor is going to turn against neighbor.
A paramedic responding to two crashes on an icy Pennsylvania highway was killed Monday after a coal truck struck her and pinned her against a tree, authorities said.
Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski said Janice Livingston, 38, of Johnstown, was killed Monday morning on Route 271 in Upper Yoder Township. The coroner says Livingston was at the scene after two earlier crashes when the coal truck came around a curve on an icy road and "kind of barreled" through the accident scene. The coroner says she died of "multiple traumatic injuries."
It has topped more than 100 inches of snow this season, but Boston is just short of surpassing its 20-year-old snowfall record - for now.
Sunday's snowfall brought the city's total to 103.9 inches. It needs 3.7 inches more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6.
Two small snowfalls, Tuesday night and Wednesday into Thursday, could do it, said Frank Nocera, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the Taunton, Massachusetts, office.
The company that operates the state's commuter rail system has been fined more than $434,000 after nearly two-thirds of the trains were late or canceled during the heavy snowfalls that pounded the region last month, transit officials said Monday.
Fifteen horses, some of which suffered superficial injuries, have been rescued from a Norwell, Massachusetts, barn after a portion of the roof collapsed.
Ethelene Devers, owner of the Norwell barn, says the collapse was discovered Monday morning. Devers said snow had been removed from an older portion of the roof, but the collapse occurred in a newer area. There were no human injuries.
In southern Indiana, authorities said one horse drowned and another was saved after the animals fell through an icy pond. Officials say the horses wandered from their fenced-in area.