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Major Winter Storm Stretches From the Southern Plains to the Northeast

6 Dec 2013, 1:53 pm

Major Winter Storm Stretches From the Southern Plains to the Northeast

Frozen Holly Tree in Hickman, KY

Photo From Twitter: @JustinESuttles

A storm system that extends over 1600 miles from Texas to Pennsylvania is bringing mayhem to the Ohio River Valley and the Southern Plains.  Heavy accumulating ice is generating numerous power outages.  Map shows potential ice accumulation totals through tomorrow.  Ice has been weighing down power lines and trees and causing now a quarter million people to be without power.

To the north of these areas, precipitation is coming mainly in the form of snow.  Snowfall totals just north of the Ohio River will range from 6″ to 10″.

The second phase of this system will be the rapid temperature change.  After the skies clear out, the winds pick up from the North and temperatures will be plummeting. Factor in that wind and the wind chill value sinks well below zero throughout much of the upper Midwest.

Most of the nation isn’t escaping this winter blast with temperatures for much of the country well below average.

Your Friday Forecast

Happy Friday! Stay Warm!

Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek

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