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Weekly wrap-up: Police issue tickets after motorists abandon vehicles in Oregon snow; Storms bust northern California drought

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An expansive winter storm, stretching from the South to New England, brought many disruptions to travel as heavy snow and ice made road conditions dangerous.

At least four people were killed in accidents on slippery roads, the Associated Press reported. The accidents occurred in North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia.

In Connecticut, a 20-vehicle pileup near the town of Middletown. No major injuries were reported.

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Slick roads led to a major crash on I-91 in Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Photo/Connecticut State Police)


More than a foot of snow fell in parts of North Carolina and Massachusetts. New York City recorded 5 inches of snow on Saturday, and Boston received nearly 8 inches.

Meanwhile, the drought was declared over in northern California this week as storms continued to dump rain and massive amounts of snow across the state. The storms caused flash flooding, power outages, mudslides and a high avalanche risk across the Sierra Nevada.

As many as 15 rivers were reported to be above flood stage at one point, while state officials opened the Sacramento Weir for the first time in a decade to lessen the flood risk.

A stretch of Interstate 80 along Donner Pass was closed for several days as crews worked to clear the heavy snow from the roads. Blizzard warnings were issued as well.

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(Photo/California Department of Transportation)


Mammoth Mountain ski resort reported 15 feet of snow in a six-day stretch ending on Tuesday. Other ski resorts, including Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Boreal Mountain Resort, were forced to close because they received so much snow.

Heavy snowfall also occurred from Tuesday into Wednesday across northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington. For many across the region, the storm was the biggest since February 1995.

Snowfall totals of 15 inches were reported around the greater Portland area, with nearly 12 inches falling in downtown Portland. Many motorists were forced to leave their cars in the middle of the road. In some cases, those abandoned their vehicles received a parking ticket.

Brutal cold maintained its grip across eastern Europe, sending temperatures to their lowest levels in years across capital cities such as Warsaw, Moscow and Budapest.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, temperature fell to minus 22 F (minus 30 C) in Moscow, which was about 30 degrees F (17 degrees C) below normal. In Warsaw, the temperature dropped to minus 19 C (minus 3 F), the lowest temperature recorded in the city since February 2012.

A number of fatalities were reported due to the extremely low temperatures.

Two deaths were reported in Russia, while the cold claimed at least eight lives in Italy and six in the Czech Republic, according to the Associated Press. Additionally, 10 people died in Poland on Sunday, according to Poland’s Government Center for Security.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.