Snowstorms, ice and rain expected in the weekend across the south-central U.S.


Ice or a wintry mix will be a major part of this storm.”For many areas, this will be a long-duration storm, lasting two days in many cases,” according to AccuWeather. In some areas, the weight of the wet snow and ice may bring down trees and lead to regional power outages. Areas from the northern part of the Texas Panhandle and the Oklahoma Panhandle to the southern tier of Kansas, northern Oklahoma and southern Missouri have the best chance of a heavy snowfall on the order of 3-6 inches. Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 54 will be affected.


Amarillo, Texas and Ponca City, Oklahoma, may end up in the zone of heaviest snowfall. Cities that may be hit hard with a wintry mix include Childress, Texas; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Areas from Wichita Falls, Texas, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, will be close to where ice and snow can mix. The primary precipitation will begin Friday, with freezing rain and drizzle in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma and possibly into central Oklahoma. Large amounts of rain will impact major Texas cities, including Dallas and Houston. More than 13 million people are under a flood or flash flood watch in eastern Texas.


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