As many as 17 states are under some type of winter weather watch/warning. Winter weather watches and warning extend as far west as Nevada to as far east as Illinois. The epicenter of this winter storm is over sections of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Arkansas where areas will either see significant snow, ice, or a combination of both by Thursday night.
Snow ans ice has already begun to fall across parts of the Plains including Oklahoma and Kansas. However, the main energy from this storm will get going tonight into Thursday as the center of the storm (currently centered over Arizona) lifts northeast over the Rockies.
Sections in Nebraska and Kansas could see snow accumulations ranging from 9-13" by Thursday night. The heaviest snow totals are to occur north of I-70 with significant ice expected south of I-70.
Everyone in this region or have plans traveling into the region should continue to monitor the latest forecast and updates as they come. This is likely to be the biggest snowstorm across the Plains this season.
Heavy rainfall and severe weather can be expected to across Texas and the Gulf Coast region this evening through Thursday evening.
IN THE WARM SECTOR OF THIS SAME STORM SYSTEM, PERIODS OF MODERATE
TO HEAVY RAINFALL CAN BE EXPECTED FROM TEXAS EASTWARD TO GEORGIA
AND THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO
EXPECTED TO DEVELOP, AND SOME OF THESE COULD BE STRONG TO SEVERE
AT TIMES WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND INTO THURSDAY, according to the National Weather Service.
Severe weather/tornado season has already gotten off to a fast start with 16 tornadoes reported this month, and 103 reported this year.
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