By weather.com meteorologists 5 hours ago
At a Glance
- A major winter storm will track from out of the South into the Midwest and Northeast early this week.
- This storm will produce widespread snow and damaging ice.
- Travel will be impossible in some areas along the path of this storm.
A major winter storm, named Uri by The Weather Channel, is underway and will spread snow and potentially damaging ice from the South into parts of the Midwest and Northeast through early week.
This winter storm is being spurred on by a vigorous jet-stream disturbance and a low-pressure system spreading moisture into record-breaking cold air that is now entrenched across the central U.S.
Uri impacted the Pacific Northwest with heavy snow and damaging ice late Friday into Saturday. Seattle had a two-day snowfall total of 11.1 inches from the storm.
Snowfall from Uri is now spreading from the southern Rockies into the Southern and Central Plains.
Heavy snow and wind gusts over 60 mph have reported in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a blizzard warning is in effect for Sunday morning.
Winter storm warnings, watches and winter advisories for Uri stretch from the southern Rockies into parts of the South, Midwest and interior Northeast.
Locations where warnings are in effect will generally have the worst impacts from this storm, including the potential for impossible travel conditions and/or damaging ice.
Snow could become heavy at times during the day Sunday in the Southern and Central Plains from Kansas and Oklahoma into the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico. Accumulating snow may also reach as far east as western Missouri and Arkansas Sunday afternoon, including Dallas, Wichita and Oklahoma City, potentially leading to slippery, snow-covered roads.
Gusty winds up to 35 mph will create lower visibility conditions with frigid wind chills.
Sunday night, snow will expand south and east across the Mississippi and Ohio valleys, including from Dallas-Ft. Worth to St. Louis, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
A band of sleet and freezing rain will fall on the southern and eastern end of the precipitation Sunday night from southern Texas into Louisiana and the lower-Mississippi and Tennessee valleys, including Houston, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, Huntsville, Alabama, and Charleston, West Virginia.
Snow, possibly heavy at times, may fall Monday from eastern Texas into parts of northern Louisiana, Arkansas, and the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys. Some snowfall or ice will expand as far east as the Northeast.
Freezing rain and sleet may occur just to the east of the area of snow from southern and central Louisiana to the Tennessee Valley and the central Appalachians. The ice will make travel dangerous and could also damage trees and knock out power in some areas.
By Monday night, this mess of snow, freezing rain and sleet will be in the Northeast, while continuing from the Ohio Valley southward into the Tennessee Valley.
Uri will finish up in the Northeast on Tuesday.
Snowfall and some ice can be expected from parts of upstate New York into western and northern New England. Rain is expected along the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to Philadelphia.
Much of the snow and ice from this storm will be over by Tuesday night.
How Much Snow and Ice?
Given the wealth of cold air in place, many locations that are typically on the border of snow vs. rain will be solidly snow with this storm.
At least 5 inches of snow is expected from parts of central and eastern Texas northeastward to northern Louisiana and the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys.
This includes places like Dallas-Ft. Worth, which could easily pick up several inches of snow. This will likely be the first snowfall at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport with an inch or more of snow, since early March 2015.
In fact, accumulating snow is even possible as far south as San Antonio and Houston. The last time measurable snow fell at Houston’s Hobby Airport was Dec. 7-8, 2017.
Farther to the Northeast, most areas from Ohio into western and northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and northern New England should see 5 or more inches of snowfall.
There is also a threat of accumulating ice from parts of central and southeast Texas into Louisiana, Mississippi, northern and western Alabama, middle and eastern parts of Tennessee and Kentucky and West Virginia.
The potential for icing could extend into the Northeast as well, especially in areas near and just north and west of Interstate 95 from southeast Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey, southeast New York and southern New England.
All of these locations could have enough ice to slicken untreated roads and make travel dangerous.
Ice could be heavy enough to damage trees and knock out power as well, especially in areas shaded darker purple on the map below.
And if this all isn’t enough, a second snow and ice event is possible around the middle of next week in parts of South, possibly in areas hit by this first storm.
(MAPS: 7-Day U.S. Rain/Snow Forecasts)
Those with any travel plans in the southern Plains and Mid-South regions early next week may want to either have alternate plans or cancel those plans, as roads across this region will likely become dangerous, if not impassable, if this forecast holds.
If travel must be done this weekend into early next weekend, be prepared for frigid temperatures and a lack of heat in the case of car issues. Pack a kit with blankets, hand warmers and hats to keep you warm.
Check back to weather.com for updates and potential changes as key details become clearer in the coming days. (Click to Source)
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