Winter Storm is moving across the Central Plains and Upper Midwest
It is anticipated that a winter storm that is currently moving across the central Plains and Upper Midwest this week could bring heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain to sections of the United States. Additionally, experts have cautioned that tornadoes could occur further south.
According to the National Weather Service, the winter storm is forecast to bring snowfall to the Central High Plains as it moves northeast into the Great Lakes. By Tuesday, the storm is likely to produce moderate to heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain in those regions.
In a forecast update issued early on Monday, the National Weather Service stated that intense snow rates of 1-2 inches per hour may be accompanied by thunder, particularly in the southern part of South Dakota and the far southwest part of Minnesota. According to what was found, the Panhandle of Nebraska and southwest Minnesota should expect to receive more than 12 inches of heavy snow in a relatively short period of time.
The National Weather Service has issued a travel advisory, stating that gusty winds are forecast to cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, which might result in snow-covered roadways and limited visibility, which could create significant risks for drivers.
According to the National Weather Service, the weather system is also forecast to bring large amounts of freezing rain to regions of northeastern Nebraska through southern Minnesota. Warnings were issued that the freezing rain might make travel conditions even more hazardous and cause power disruptions.
According to the weather center, showers and severe thunderstorms are likely to develop across the region on Monday morning as a result of moisture moving northward over the Western Gulf Coast and Lower Mississippi Valley from the Western Gulf of Mexico. The Plains front is expected to move into the moisture as it moves northward over the Western Gulf Coast. From Monday through Tuesday morning, there is going to be a significantly increased chance of severe thunderstorms occurring over the Lower Mississippi Valley.
According to the National Weather Service, the winter storms have the potential to produce “a few tornadoes,” frequent lightning, intense thunderstorm wind gusts, hail, and even more severe thunderstorms.
Along with the thunderstorms, heavy rain is forecasted, and the weather service has issued a small risk of excessive rainfall for sections of the Middle/Lower Mississippi Valley from Monday into Tuesday. This risk is in response to the potential for the storms to produce very heavy rainfall.
According to the weather service, “the concomitant heavy rain will generate primarily localized regions of flash flooding,” with urban areas, roadways, and small streams being the most exposed to the effects of the floods.
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There is an increased danger of severe thunderstorms throughout parts of east Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, and northern Louisiana on Monday afternoon and evening.
Storms that have the potential to produce tornadoes, severe wind gusts, torrential downpours, and hail could affect nearly 19 million people who live in the area that is at danger.
A Flood Watch has been issued for parts of Arkansas, western Tennessee, northern Louisiana, and eastern Texas, and it will continue in effect through the evening on Monday.
On Tuesday, it is anticipated that severe winter storms will keep rumbling eastward and continue to strike locations across the Tennessee Valley as well as the central Gulf Coast.
It comes after a “once-in-a-lifetime” snowstorm last month that was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people, with Erie County in New York, where Buffalo is located, being at the epicenter of the storm’s most severe circumstances.
During an appearance on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe,” the Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown, stated that the storm was “possibly worse than anything that this city has experienced in over 50 years.”
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