Officials in the U.S. Midwest warned of "life-threatening" temperatures on Sunday after an Arctic chill slammed the region with the coldest weather in two decades. Some places are expected to be so cold that exposed skin would get frostbitten within minutes, officials said.
Midwestern states received up to a foot of new snow Sunday, with the Chicago area covered with about 9 inches of snow, St. Louis area having about a foot of snow and northern Indiana with at least 8 inches of snow, The Associated Press reported.
Central Illinois braced for 8 to 10 inches, and southern Michigan could see up to 15 inches, according to forecast. more >>
The winter storm "Hercules" has canceled thousands of flights in the U.S. over Thursday evening and Friday morning, with severe weather conditions expected to stretch into the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
"The upcoming period extending into the weekend will continue to feature wintry precipitation and much below normal temperatures. As of early this morning, widespread snow continues to fall across the coastal sections of the Mid-Atlantic and up into New England," NWS's announcement on Friday morning read.
"Accumulations should continue throughout the morning across coastal sections of New England before winding down as the strengthening surface low exits into the Canadian maritimes." more >>
Winter storm "Hercules" is set to hit the Northeast and Midwest regions on Thursday, threatening to affect 100 million people, dump over a foot of snow and possibly make travel "impossible."
"Roads will be snow covered and slippery today. Conditions will rapidly deteriorate tonight as snow becomes heavier and the winds increase," an official blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday morning read. "This will result in blizzard conditions and times tonight into Friday morning. Whiteout conditions are possible and travel may become impossible at times. Dangerously cold wind chills will also develop Friday morning."
The weather service adds that travel will be "extremely dangerous" due to whiteout conditions, and advises people not to travel, but to bring with them a winter survival kit if they do. more >>
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More than 3,600 people attended LifeChurch.tv's first worship services at its newest campus in Moore, Okla., and about 70 people made commitments to follow Jesus Christ last Sunday at the branch of the multisite megachurch founded 7 years ago.
Moore campus pastor Michael Metcalf told The Christian Post that the new campus was launched because of the many LifeChurch.tv worshippers living in the area.
"Many people that live in Moore, Norman, and surrounding areas were attending our South Oklahoma City campus and are passionate about making a difference in their community," said Metcalf. "Our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, and we believe a campus in Moore will be a huge catalyst for reaching thousands of people in the community who don't yet know Him." more >>
A Texas pastor mobilized his congregation to come to the rescue of the dozens of truck drivers and motorists stranded by an ice storm last Friday.
The Rev. Gary Sweatman of the five-year-old Freedom Life Church in Sanger, was at home when he saw the news of the ice storm.