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Artic Blast Chills Much of U.S.

A year after a brutally cold spell was blamed on something called the polar vortex – which was treated like a northern invasion by the media and as a conquering hero by children impressed by its power to close schools …

Arctic Air to Put America on Ice This Week

Much of America is about to get the Arctic shivers. Meteorologists are confidently forecasting frigid polar air will plunge south into the northern plains, Midwest and then the East Coast from next Tuesday through Thursday. The Midwest should see temperatures …

2014 Winter Storm Losses Expected to Total Close to $2.5B

With an arctic cold surge and heavy snow accumulations in large parts of the United States last week, potential hazards exist for homeowners and drivers alike, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). A repeat of this past winter’s deep …

NOAA Says Don’t Expect A Sequel of Last Winter’s Polar Vortex

If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here’s some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say. Mike Halpert of the National …

Commentary: It’s Not Just Health Insurance Causing Headaches This Winter

As we move further into the New Year, when most people typically begin to let their resolutions slide, the federal government is still working on promises made at the end of 2013—to fix, or at least improve, issues with the …

Georgia Residents File $75M in Claims After Arctic Weather

State officials say Georgians filed claims for an estimated $75 million in insured losses after temperatures in the region dropped well below freezing. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said in a statement Tuesday that the figure could …

Polar Vortex Costly for Ohio Cities, Businesses

The winter blast that brought snow and dangerous temperatures to much of Ohio will end up costing cities and businesses quite a bit of money. Many are just beginning to add up the price tag for cleaning up the snow …

Flooding Damages 70 Homes in Buffalo Suburb

Residents in a suburban Buffalo, N.Y., neighborhood are dealing with the aftermath of weekend flooding that has left dozens of homes damaged. Local media outlets report that about 70 homes in West Seneca’s Lexington Green section sustained damage when Buffalo …

Frigid Weather Could Lead to Burst Pipes and Fallen Trees

Dangerously low temperatures, such as those enveloping the central, eastern and even southern United States, bring with them potential hazards for homeowners and drivers alike, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Severe winter weather is the third-largest cause of …