Winter Storm Walloping Texas, Likely to Create Midwest Travel Troubles This Weekend
A powerful winter storm is walloping much of the eastern two-thrids of the Lone Star State, bringing wintry weather to the region since since late New Year’s Eve.
Reports out of the region suggest the numerous locations, in the Midland-Odessa area, are dealing with some pretty significant ice accumulations. The town of Garden City reports as much as half an inch of ice and more widespread readings of a quarter of an inch of ice.
Other parts of North Texas and even up to the Oklahoma City Metro Area reported very slick streets and numerous accidents.
To the west, the storm upper-level low produced large snowfall totals in the Desert Southwest. Some locations, like Flagstaff, Ariz., reported nearly 17 inches of snow. Significant snow also fell in the mountainous areas of Southern California, stranding 180 drivers at one point.
“The San Bernardino County Fire Department said in a news release that 136 people were rescued on State Highway 138 near the communities of Crestline and Mount Baldy, about 50 miles from Los Angeles,” reported USA Today.
More than a foot of snow fell in the region.
But what does it look lie through the weekend?
Here’s the latest day-by-day forecast on winter storm that could affect millions of people through Sunday:
Wintry-type weather will be on-going through the overnight hours for many parts of West Texas. Winter storm warnings, winter storm watches and winter weather advisories stretch from the northern Texas Panhandle down to the Big Bend Region.
Most of the precipitation will fall in the form of freezing rain and a sleet snow-snow mix (especially further north) adding to freezing rain totals that fell in the region on Thursday.
From Midland-Odessa to Oklahoma City, an additional tenth to quarter of an inch of ice is possible. This will make travel treacherous, at best. Numerous car accidents were reported in places like OKC, Dallas, Wichita Falls and though out western Texas on Thursday; a repeat is likely for Friday.
By Friday evening, the wintry mess will be pushing into parts of Missouri and Kansas as well. Bringing a chance of mixed wintry precipitation – including freezing rain, sleet and snow – to places like Kansas City and Columbia, Mo. Travel along the I-70 corridor could be severely impacted.
The wintry weather could also reach as far as Springfield, Ill. late Friday night into early Saturday.
Saturday, the wintry mess will continue to spread into the Midwest and will have a significant effect on the I-70 and I-80 corridors. A large shield of mixed precipitation will move across central Illinois, central Indiana and into Ohio as Saturday progresses. This is likely to have a significant effect on road and air travel in the region.
Use extreme caution if you’re going through these areas though Saturday.
Sleet and snow will also start affecting parts of Upper Midwest as well. Wisconsin and Minnesota will have to deal with some accumulating precipitin throughout Saturday and into Saturday night.
The models are also indicating an area of moderate snowfall will in parts of central and eastern Kansas, potentially exacerbating the effect of the mixed precipitation from Friday.
The Great Lakes Region will be dealing with snow to start Sunday. Some of the snow could be heavy at times and will have an impact on travel across Michigan and northern sections of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
As the day progresses, a wintry mix will push through central northern sections of Ohio and start to move into the Northeast. Most of the Northeast will deal with mostly rain, but some parts of far Upstate New York and the norther tip of New England could get some mixed precipitation.
The is a fluid situation and the forecast is subject to change in the coming hours. WeatherNation meteorologists will be teaching the latest with this system and bring you updates on-air and online through the duration of the event.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond