Major winter blast to worsen, bringing risky weather across US

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2021

Heavy snowfall is forecast in areas from New Mexico to the Mississippi Valley Sunday, the center said, while ice will glaze over the Texas coast to the Tennessee Valley into Monday.

That amount of ice will cause some tree limbs to break/snap and we would also likely see some power outages across the area as well.

Northeast Ohio could see as much as 9 inches of snow by Tuesday as snow showers will make their way into the area, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service at this time is predicting a possible ice accumulation of 0.2 to 0.4 inches in Lafayette. Back in 1899 Oklahoma City had a temperature reading of minus 17, and although I don't think it will be quite that cold, if they get to 10 or 11 below zero that'll be the coldest this century by a lot.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Sunday evening to Tuesday afternoon for counties in the Northern Panhandle.

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This is the same storm that may bring snow and ice as far south as Austin and Houston, but because it is slated to pass to our west as it moves along the zone of greatest temperature contrasts, it will draw mild air into the region. That will transition into rain or freezing rain at night. The real question is how big of a problem there will be and what form, freezing rain, sleet, or snow, the problem will manifest.

The first blast arrived overnight into Valentine's Day on Sunday, Feb. 14 with an icy mix causing travel slick roads and walkways through the morning with scattered power outages. However, later tonight the temperature will drop below 32 degrees Farenheight, and there will be a threat of frozen precipitation. This will make travel very hard.

Snow is expected, with total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches forecast. Once again this looks to be a snow and mixed precipitation event. We will likely stay below freezing all day Tuesday. With temperatures staying below freezing through the middle of the week, roads could remain unsafe through Wednesday morning.

"Maximum cold weather preparations MUST be completed today", Jeff Lindner, a Harris County Flood Control District meteorologist, tweeted Sunday morning.

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