Another Ice Storm Threatens Storm-Weary South
After a week where icy conditions dominated weather headlines from the South to the East Coast, more ice is on the way for many of the same locations. A mid-week ice event could significantly disrupt travel from Oklahoma to Tennessee and as far south as central Texas, where widespread power outages and major impacts were felt just last week.
A strong cold front moves through on Wednesday, bringing Arctic air behind it and a transition from rain to ice to snow for cities such as Little Rock and Jonesboro, Arkansas, Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Other cities that could be impacted by ice include Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Tupelo, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama.
For most, the precipitation will start as plain rain, transitioning to sleet and/or freezing rain and ending as snow, especially further north in areas like Nashville and Little Rock.
Areas that stand to see the potentially highest ice (sleet and freezing rain) amounts include southern Arkansas, northeast Texas, far northern Louisiana and Mississippi and west Tennessee, where up to an inch of ice could accumulate in isolated locations. Where that takes place, widespread power outages and significant travel impacts will occur. Expect plenty of school and business delays and closings across the South for Wednesday and Thursday as a result of this round of wintry weather.
Behind the front and associated moisture, temperatures will plummet from northwest to southeast, leaving much of the deep South well below average for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures, however, should quickly rebound by the weekend as the skies should remain mostly clear following the next blast of wintry precipitation.
Check your local forecast for more specifics and how much ice and snow could fall, and as always, check us out here at WeatherNationTV.com and on WeatherNation TV (Channel 361 on DirecTV and/or an affiliate near you) for the very latest on this storm.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi