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Severe winter weather causes flooding, deaths across U.S.

On Monday, the rainy snow storm that affected much of the U.S. over the weekend is expected to move off the East Coast.  (Source: National Weather Service) On Monday, the rainy snow storm that affected much of the U.S. over the weekend is expected to move off the East Coast. (Source: National Weather Service)
Snow storms in Utah caused power surges and electrical fires in one city. (Source: KSTU/CNN) Snow storms in Utah caused power surges and electrical fires in one city. (Source: KSTU/CNN)
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  • WATCH: Tornado caught on police dash cam in AL

    WATCH: Tornado caught on police dash cam in AL

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:23:58 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:23:58 GMT
    Foley, AL, is about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile. (Source: Foley Police Department/CNN)Foley, AL, is about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile. (Source: Foley Police Department/CNN)

    The tornado left several RVs overturned and police are checking into other damaged buildings.

    The tornado left several RVs overturned and police are checking into other damaged buildings.

  • National Weather Service upgrades Lynchburg tornado to an EF3

    National Weather Service upgrades Lynchburg tornado to an EF3

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:57 PM EDT2018-04-18 16:57:20 GMT
    Storm damage in Amherst County on Sunday night. (Source: Virginia State Police)Storm damage in Amherst County on Sunday night. (Source: Virginia State Police)

    The National Weather Service on Wednesday upgraded a tornado that traveled through the Lynchburg area from an EF2 to an EF3. 

    The National Weather Service on Wednesday upgraded a tornado that traveled through the Lynchburg area from an EF2 to an EF3. 

  • Spring storm spawns tornado that kills 1, dumps heavy snow

    Spring storm spawns tornado that kills 1, dumps heavy snow

    Monday, April 16 2018 6:40 PM EDT2018-04-16 22:40:29 GMT
    Monday, April 16 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-04-16 22:44:03 GMT
    (Joseph Rodriguez/News & Record via AP). Wooddale Lane is blocked by a tree the day after a tornado devastated the eastern portion of the city Monday, April 16, 2018, in Greensboro, N.C.(Joseph Rodriguez/News & Record via AP). Wooddale Lane is blocked by a tree the day after a tornado devastated the eastern portion of the city Monday, April 16, 2018, in Greensboro, N.C.
    A mid-April storm that pushed across the U.S. created a tornado in the South that killed a person, coated the Upper Midwest with 2 feet of snow and eventually soaked the Northeast with rain.
    A mid-April storm that pushed across the U.S. created a tornado in the South that killed a person, coated the Upper Midwest with 2 feet of snow and eventually soaked the Northeast with rain.
  • Winter weatherMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More rain Thursday night, dry weekend

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More rain Thursday night, dry weekend

    Thursday, April 26 2018 3:24 PM EDT2018-04-26 19:24:59 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

  • Minnesota firehouse opens doors during blizzard for prom

    Minnesota firehouse opens doors during blizzard for prom

    Monday, April 16 2018 6:38 AM EDT2018-04-16 10:38:32 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:36 AM EDT2018-04-19 10:36:37 GMT
    With as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow in the forecast, the students couldn't take photos outside for what they called #BlizzardProm.With as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow in the forecast, the students couldn't take photos outside for what they called #BlizzardProm.

    Firefighters came to the rescue for a group of Minnesota high school students when a blizzard struck during their prom.

    Firefighters came to the rescue for a group of Minnesota high school students when a blizzard struck during their prom.

  • Snowmelt floods roads, fields in much of northern Montana

    Snowmelt floods roads, fields in much of northern Montana

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-04-18 22:41:48 GMT
    Wednesday, April 18 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-04-19 00:17:11 GMT
    (Ryan Welch/Havre Daily News via AP). Ben Miller looks at the sand bags around the house he owns as water runs over South Main Street in Harlem, Mont., Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The sand bags, all 235 of them, go around the house he rents to Jeff Werk w...(Ryan Welch/Havre Daily News via AP). Ben Miller looks at the sand bags around the house he owns as water runs over South Main Street in Harlem, Mont., Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The sand bags, all 235 of them, go around the house he rents to Jeff Werk w...
    Snowmelt is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks in much of northern Montana.
    Snowmelt is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks in much of northern Montana.

(RNN) – As many as nine people have been killed in the severe weather that began on the first day of winter Saturday.

A rainy, snowy storm front that hit across the country this weekend is weakening but still moving east. It caused several deaths and other weather-related incidents.

The National Weather Service said on its website early Saturday that a "moderate severe weather outbreak" is in the forecast for most of the country during winter's first weekend. With soaking rains, most of the southeast and Atlantic coast could be facing flash-flooding for Christmas.

As the first day of winter weather ended Sunday, more than 440,000 people are in the dark, with mass power outages in New York, Michigan and northern New England; nearly 700 flights were canceled and 7,200 were delayed nationwide, according to the Associated Press and FlightAware.com. By early Monday, flights were resuming their normal schedules.

The storms are blamed for at least two deaths in Mississippi. A 43-year-old rural Mississippi man identified as James Sanders died when strong winds blew over his mobile home, according to WMC. Another man died when his car hit a tree that had fallen across a road, according to the Associated Press. 

In Hughes, AR, at least five people were injured and two dozen homes were damaged when two apparent EF-2 tornadoes hit, according to WMC. In Kentucky, five people total died in three separate accidents related to high flood waters on Sunday, according to WAVE. Winds knocked down power lines at a Louisville, KY, car dealership and set several cars ablaze.

Four firefighters and a state patrol officer in Missouri were injured when a driver lost control of his car on an icy interstate.

Forecasters say there's likely to be a new covering of snow in several states in the upper Midwest on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, northern New England could be dealing with more than a half-inch of ice.

Areas in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky received severe thunderstorms throughout the weekend. In the southeast, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Florida are expecting record-high temperatures Saturday. Temperatures could reach as high as the mid-80s in as many as 50 southern cities, according to The Weather Channel.

The high temperatures mixed with severe and isolated thunderstorms could make it ideal for tornadoes. In 2012, Mobile, AL and other areas of the south had tornadoes hit on Christmas.

According to The Weather Channel, of the 119 documented killer tornadoes that have happened in December in the U.S., 66 of them have happened in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

The Midwest also suffered freezing rain and snow. In Kansas City, the National Weather Service issued a severe winter weather warning through noon Sunday, according to news station KCTV. The same weather has affected Oklahoma, where freezing rain has hindered road travelers.

Record highs hit the northeast in major cities like Philadelphia and New York City, with temperatures in the Big Apple reaching in the mid-70s. By the time Christmas comes, however, cold fronts could reappear, creating an odd combination of snow and rain.

Snowstorms hit the northwest in cities like Seattle and Salt Lake City overnight Friday, resulting in several power outages. Ice storms in Des Moines, IA, left slick roads for Friday morning commuters, with hospital emergency rooms attending to several ice and road-related injuries.

The busy travel day and the possibility of severe weather coincides with the Winter Solstice on Saturday. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year.

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  • Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Friday, April 20 2018 2:24 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:24:25 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:31:39 GMT
    (Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...(Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.
  • WATCH: Tornado caught on police dash cam in AL

    WATCH: Tornado caught on police dash cam in AL

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:23:58 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:23:58 GMT
    Foley, AL, is about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile. (Source: Foley Police Department/CNN)Foley, AL, is about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile. (Source: Foley Police Department/CNN)

    The tornado left several RVs overturned and police are checking into other damaged buildings.

    The tornado left several RVs overturned and police are checking into other damaged buildings.

  • Passing motorist rescues woman trapped in Montana flood

    Passing motorist rescues woman trapped in Montana flood

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:22 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:22:56 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:36 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:36:55 GMT
    A witness is recounting the dramatic rescue of a woman trapped on top her vehicle surrounded by rushing floodwaters in northern Montana.
    A witness is recounting the dramatic rescue of a woman trapped on top her vehicle surrounded by rushing floodwaters in northern Montana.
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