Oct. 26 (UPI) -- More than 60,000 residents of Irvine, Calif., have been evacuated after the quick-burning Silverado Fire in Orange County scorched 2,000 acres Monday. Railroad cars were abandoned or "thrown" from the tracks. Its biggest snow event of the season was from a storm that dropped 8.5 inches on Nov. 11. Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Senate on Monday voted to confirm the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Snowfall for the season has been near to below normal across this corridor," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson pointed out. Christina Hall, Kathleen Gray and Ellen Creager contributed to this report. Spring activities were already underway with many believing that winter was a distant memory. Newspaper, milk, and coal delivery were halted. When the snow finally stopped falling around 9:00 p.m., there was about 24.5" of snow on the ground. Only four days prior to the storm, The Rochester Era reported: "We hail this charming month, for it brings with it freshness, the sweet breath of the springtime and the gentle rains that herald the advent of the early flowers, and the starting grass upon our lawns and meadows…Farm stock, glad to leave the confines of the barn and yard, are straying hither and yon, through field and woodland seeking the tender blades of grass and early vegetation. Major cities, including Oklahoma City, Chicago, Detroit and Columbia, Mo., are expected to be blanketed by a 3- to 6-inch snowfall. Once a person made it out of the driveway, they had another fight on their hands with the side streets, she said, but main roads were better. Temperatures plummeted into the single digits in Denver as snow from the first system moved into the area Tuesday morning, just two days after the high climbed into the mid-70s. Just before the 1886 storm, farmers were getting ready for spring. It is often cited as one of the worst blizzards in US history. The Michigan blizzard of 1967 has gone down in local memory as particularly shocking. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI |, Senate votes to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Air Line Railroad between Rochester and Pontiac was completely blockaded; even two days after the storm, assistance from Romeo was sent for "to enable the hands to clear the track." Shovelers on the sidewalks and plows in the streets of downtown Detroit were already at work by 5 a.m., where even undrifted areas were shin-high. ", ALSO SEE: Detroit's 25 heaviest snow storms in history. The Windy City picked up 3.1 inches on Jan. 17. 1. Temperatures plummeted into the single digits in Denver as snow from the first system moved, Polar vortex may make comeback in the U.S. in February. Winter of 1999: The new year brought snow and more snow in 1999. Forecasters say motorists should be prepared for slow, difficult and, in many cases, dangerous travel along portions of interstates 20, 35, 40, 44, 55, 57, 65, 69, 70, 72, 74, 80, 90 and 94. He said operating rooms are fully operational, but there have been some elective surgery and outpatient appointment cancellations by patients. Winter storm watches and warnings had been issued from West Texas to Illinois by midday on Tuesday, and AccuWeather meteorologists warn that the winter storm will disrupt daily commutes, school and long-distance travel from Tuesday night into Thursday. Flurries could evolve into steadier snow as the Chiefs' victory celebrations continue. AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures are forecast to be in the single digits, teens and 20s in locales expected to receive snow and ice. The Great Blizzard of 1978 was a historic winter storm that struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions from Wednesday, January 25 through Friday, January 27, 1978. Contact Robert Allen at rallen@freepress.com or @rallenMI. More snow is coming Tuesday night, when Behnke said to expect about 1 to 2 inches. This breaks the old record of 9.0 inches, set back on November 15-16, 1932.

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