A triple threat of winter storms roared toward the middle of the country on Sunday, threatening travel headaches throughout the week as the Upper Midwest cowered in biting cold and wind chills of up to minus 50 degrees.
At least three storms will be responsible for the threat of ice and snow from Sunday through Thursday, AccuWeather reported. The storms will be fueled by moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and colder air sweeping in from the south. In some areas, rainfall will be nearly constant for days, AccuWeather said.
“Cold air will dip far enough south to create a weather battle zone for much of the week,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
One of the main concerns is ice that could lead to dangerous travel conditions from eastern Oklahoma to northwest Arkansas and southern Missouri, he said.
In some places it’s just ridiculously cold. The National Weather Service office in Pocatello, Idaho warned Sunday of highs struggling to climb above -10°F in some areas.
“Tonight everyone will see single and double digits below zero,” the office tweeted. “Coldest temperatures will fall into the -30s with wind chills down to -50°F.”
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►Across large parts of the region encompassing the Great Plains, Upper Midwest and Intermountain West, temperatures Sunday and Monday are expected to be 20 to 40 degrees below average, the National Weather Service said.
►Snow could reach as far east as New York State on Sunday and Monday.
►In Arkansas, up to 16 inches of snow has been reported in the Ozarks in recent days.
► A flood watch has been extended through Monday afternoon on the Big Island of Hawaii, Oahu and all islands in Maui County, the state’s emergency management agency said, adding that ” the risk of flooding, downpours, landslides, wind-blown trees and general sloppy disorder continues!”
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Parts of the Southern Plains and the Ohio Valley will experience freezing weather throughout the week, according to AccuWeather.
“A wave of cold air pushing south through the center of the country will make possible winter precipitation from Texas to Kentucky,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bill Deger.
Winter conditions are most likely to occur in central Texas, moving northeast toward Oklahoma to the mid-Mississippi and Tennessee valleys, AccuWeather said. The first storm has already brought rain to Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The storm will move southeast, bringing colder air Monday and freezing drizzle is possible from southern Missouri to southern Ohio, according to AccuWeather.
Sleet and freezing rain are forecast for major cities in Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee. AccuWeather said winter conditions should cause ice to glaze over high surfaces, such as vehicles, trees and power lines.
Tree damage and power outages are possible with heavy icing, AccuWeather warned.
Freezing cold hits parts of the Midwest
A cold front crossing the Plains and the Midwest drove temperatures below freezing in some areas. Sunday’s wind chill in parts of Colorado was well below freezing in many areas, in some dipping as low as -20°F. The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne, Wyoming, warned that most areas of single digits or colder on Sunday, and all falling below freezing on Sunday evening.
“BRRR! Our area is in the freezer today as the bitter cold and snow continue,” the office tweeted.
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Texas, Gulf Coast states could see tornadoes, hail
The Dallas-Fort Worth Weather Service warned of freezing rain expected this coming week, tweeting, “Now is the time to prepare!” The best chance of dangerous weather is Monday night through Tuesday.
Strong to severe isolated thunderstorms were possible in parts of eastern Texas and Gulf Coast states, the weather service warned. Hail can occur with thunderstorms in Texas, and locally damaging winds and “maybe a tornado or two” could blow through the area, the weather service said.
New storm will bring gusty winds and lower snow levels to parts of California
After taking more than a week to dry up from a chain of atmospheric rivers that flooded much of the state in late December and the first half of January, parts of California will feel the effects of a new storm. Sunday night and Monday, Accuweather reported. .
Instead of the voluminous amounts of rain and snow dumped by these weather systems, the incoming one will initially bring gusty winds to Northern California before heading southeast and delivering precipitation with the wind.
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The biggest impact could be snow levels dropping below 3,000 feet in some places, creating dangerous driving conditions in mountain passes such as the Grapevine north of Los Angeles. Thunderstorms in Southern California are also possible.
“This storm won’t have massive amounts of mountain rain and snowfall like the events that occurred earlier in the month, but that doesn’t mean it won’t have its own set of dangerous conditions,” he said. said AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham.
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