Major Storm Brings Tornado, Flooding, and Ice Threat Across US

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A powerful, major storm system will affect a large swath of the country bringing the triple threat of tornadoes, ice and flooding throughout the Central US and South today, and will continue through the weekend as it moves east; plus, more of today’s weather news and forecast.

Severe weather outbreak brings the threat of tornadoes, flooding, and ice to South & Central US

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning over “a potent multi-hazard storm” that is “expected to affect a large portion of the US this Friday through the weekend.” Today’s large storm system will span from Texas to the Great Lakes.

Today’s Weather alerts:

Be sure to check with weather alerts in your specific area. Here are general descriptions of today’s weather alerts:

Winter weather alert: The NWS has issued a winter weather alert for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. The alert affects some 25 million people.

Wind advisory: The NWS has issued a wind advisory for parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, and Indiana. The alert affects more than 20 million people.

Flood watch: The NWS has issued a flood watch for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, and Vermont. The alert affects over 40 million people.

South: Tornadoes, hail, and damaging wind

The strongest threat is from strong, damaging winds and large hail, but the NWS is also warning of potential tornadoes.

The greatest potential for tornadoes is forecast for areas of surrounding the intersection where Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana meet.

However, the threat zone extends west-central Texas, north to Kansas and Missouri, and East to Jackson Mississippi.

Multistate: Flooding threat

This potent storm system will deliver heavy rain over a large swath of the country beginning on Friday and continuing through Sunday.

Rainfall totals between 3 and 6 inches are expected throughout the southeast, the Ohio Valley, and in the Great Lakes region.

Midwest: Ice and snow, potential power outages

The same powerful storm system will deliver ice and snow, particularly as it moves east and north toward colder areas.

A dangerous ice storm is expected to occur over the Great Lakes region, raising the threat of widespread power outages.

National Weather Service issues “multi-hazard” warnings

The National Weather Service posted four images explaining each of the hazards.

Severe weather and powerful thunderstorms: The first NWS image shows that severe weather and powerful thunderstorms are threatening the Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Heavy rain and flooding: The second NWS image shows the threat of heavy rain and flooding spanning from Texas to the Great Lakes.

Snowfall: The third NWS image shows snowfall spanning from Northeastern New Mexico and northern Texas, to the Great Lakes.

Ice and freezing rain: The fourth NWS image shows ice and freezing rain for portions of northern Oklahoma, Eastern Kansas, central and northern Missouri, southern Iowa, central and northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and central and southern Michigan.

Severe weather threatens Eastern US over the weekend

The powerful storm system impacting the southern and central US today will continue over the weekend as it moves east.

Today’s forecast US highs

West: San Francisco 55, Los Angeles 67, Salt Lake City 31, Denver 33.

Northwest: Seattle 45, Portland 46, Boise 37, Billings 25, Bismarck 3.

Southwest: Las Vegas 54, Phoenix 62, Albuquerque 43, El Paso 51.

North-central: Minneapolis 18, Madison 37, Chicago 47

Central: Dallas 73, Oklahoma City 68, Kansas City 48, St. Louis 61

South: Houston 78, New Orleans 77, Atlanta 65, Raleigh 67, Nashville 68. East: Cleveland 53, Detroit 51, Philadelphia 54, Buffalo 46, New York 52, Boston 48, Bangor 38.