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March 4, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The wife of a mountain bicyclist who died after he got lost in the Santa Ana Mountains last weekend said she was angry with the Riverside County Sheriff's officials for delaying rescue efforts amid extreme weather. “I don't think they made the right choice,” Christyna Arista, 33, said in an interview with the Riverside Press-Enterprise.   On Saturday morning, Arista's 34-year-old husband, Andres Marin, left his Corona home for an 18-mile bike ride as a heavy storm system moved into Southern California.
March 4, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The winter chill on auto sales is melting into a buyers market. Dealer inventories have ballooned with the frigid weather across much of the nation in January and February. So automakers are turning to a tried-and-true method to move sheet metal - discounts. "If you are thinking about buying a car, now is the time to do it," said Scott Painter, chief executive of auto shopping information company After falling 3% in January, auto sales were unchanged at about 1.2 million vehicles in February, unchanged from the same month a year earlier, according to Autodata Corp.
March 3, 2014 | Matt Pearce
A winter storm marched toward the East Coast on Sunday night, prompting airlines to cancel 1,500 Monday flights preemptively and the federal government to announce that its Washington offices would be closed. The District of Columbia, where 6 to 10 inches of sleet and snow were forecast, also decided to close its government offices on the first day of the workweek. Part of the massive moisture moving east comes from the rainstorms that drenched Southern California last week and over the weekend, said James LaRosa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Nashville.
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Pearce
At least 17 flights that were scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport were canceled Monday morning after a massive winter storm wreaked havoc on the East Coast. The canceled flights had been scheduled to fly to LAX from airports in Washington D.C., New York and New Jersey, among others. In a Twitter message Monday morning, Ronald Reagan National Airport said runways were closed as crews made a "herculean effort" to clear snow. The winter storm marched toward the East Coast on Sunday night, prompting airlines to preemptively cancel 1,500 flights scheduled for Monday.
March 3, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- Winter squeezed the Eastern United States on Monday, bringing snow and promising days of frigid temperatures in the region where too many unwanted, icy records have already been set.  Snow began falling in the mid-Atlantic region and the federal government took a snow day -- again. Nasty winds were blowing up the Eastern states and officials warned of hazardous driving conditions. “A late-season winter storm will continue to shift eastward through the Tennessee Valley and the mid-Atlantic today, making for hazardous travel conditions,” the National Weather Service warned.
March 2, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, Laura J. Nelson and Jean Merl
The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions. "This is no drought-buster, but it's a nice, fat down payment" in the water bank, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Patzert said the latest storm, the largest since December 2010, helped put an end to an unusually long wildfire season and to ease the three-year drought conditions plaguing the state.
March 2, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
February gave way to March, but harsh, snowy weather was still going strong across much of the central U.S. over the weekend. More than 1,700 flights inside the U.S. were canceled and thousands more delayed Sunday as winter storm alerts stretched from northern New Mexico all the way to New Jersey, bringing yet another bout of nasty weather to millions of Americans exhausted by winter. Sunday church services across Oklahoma were canceled as bands of freezing rain and sleet swept through the state.
March 1, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Amid the first major rainstorm of the year, 3,200 people in Los Angeles and others across the area are without power, officials said. Palm fronds and other debris are falling on power lines. Among those affected are 1,900 people in the Fairfax area, 600 in Reseda, 250 in Sylmar and others in Hancock Park and Valley Glen, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Gale Harris said. Many, she said, have been without power since early Saturday morning. The power went out for more than 21,000 people in Riverside on Saturday because of lightning strikes, according to a release on the city's website.
March 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Hailey Branson-Potts
The latest round of the most powerful winter storm to hit Southern California in two years will bring periods of heavy rain, thunderstorms, some hail, damaging winds and even the possibility of waterspouts and weak tornadoes on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Coastal and valley areas could get up to 1½ inches of rain, while mountain areas could see double that. The snow level is hovering at about 6,000 feet. Early Saturday morning, the weather service issued a tornado warning for parts of L.A. County.
March 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Rong-Gong Lin II
A flash flood watch remained in effect for large parts of Southern California  amid a powerful rainstorm that will keep the region wet through Sunday. Officials warned of possible coastal flooding and waves topping 12 feet at some beaches Saturday. In the mountains, snow levels dropped to 5,500 feet. On Friday night, the storms brought lightning and strong winds. Early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of L.A. County. The weather service posted on Twitter a map showing what it said was "a weak tornado" near Walnut and Azusa.
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