Winter Storm to Bring Snow and Ice from Texas to the Northeast
A big winter storm is already bringing nasty weather to parts of the Southern Plains. Sections of Texas and Oklahoma were hardest hit on Friday, making roads a travel nightmare and grinding air traffic to a snail’s pace. At one point, the wintry weather caused massive traffic snarls in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Numerous wrecks — including a multi-car pileup — were reported and it took some commuters hours to get home.
According to Dallas TV station WFAA, several DFW suburbs reported snowfall totals in excess of four inches. They also report some parts of Denton, Texas received upward of six inches of snow!
And it looks like the wintry weather will continue for many sections of western, central and northern Texas through the overnight hours. Winter weather advisories are in effect for a large swath of the Lone Star State, from Odessa to Austin to Dallas and points northward. Four counties north of the Metroplex — Cooke, Denton, Grayson and Wise — are under a winter storm warning through late Saturday afternoon.
Winter weather advisories extend into Oklahoma. Kansas, Missouri and southern Illinois. So it looks like the nasty winter weather will be spread across a large region, this weekend.
As of late Friday night, snowfall totals in Oklahoma ranged from up to an inch in the Oklahoma City Metro to three to five inches in southern Oklahoma — near the Red River. Additional accumulations, through Saturday evening, are possible from the southern OKC Metro and points northward. The highest accumulations during this period will be along the Oklahoma-Kansas border. Freezing rain will also be a concern in the Southern Plains over the next day or so and it will only exacerbate the dangerous roads through the weekend.
If you have to drive along the I-20, I-35 and I-40 corridors over the next couple of days, use extreme caution. That said, travel is strongly discouraged.
As the system tracks to the northeast, wintry weather will begin to over spread cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Cincinnati on Saturday, into Sunday.
The heaviest snow, with this system, will likely fall across northern sections of Indiana and Ohio where up to 10 inches is snow is expected. The heavies band will likely fall on Sunday, from Columbus, Ohio to Cleveland. Winter storm watches are already in effect for a large part of northern Ohio.
The snow will then push into western sections of New York state and bring up to seven inches of snow to places like Rochester and Buffalo.
New England could then get a decent shot at some snow late Sunday into early Monday.
This is a developing weather system and WeatherNation Meteorologists will be keeping an eye on it as the weekend progresses. We’ll have comprehensive coverage on-air and online, bringing you the latest on the storm. If you have an questions that need to be answered, feel free to reach out to us on social media, just search “WeatherNation” on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll try our best to answer any questions you through our way.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond