More Severe Weather Today After Storms Ravage US Over Weekend

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After severe weather ravaged a large portion of the US from Texas to the East Coast, causing flooding and leaving 8 people dead, more thunderstorms and potential flooding will return to affect and threaten the South today; plus, today’s US forecast.

Severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding leave 8 dead across South and Southern Plains

In the aftermath of a three-day outbreak of severe storms over the weekend that delivered several tornadoes, damaging winds, and flooding rain, at least eight people in four states have been killed from weather that moved from Texas and Oklahoma to the East Coast.

Strong thunderstorms are predicted today across the South, bringing the threat of flash flooding to at least two states.

Over the weekend, three members of the family were killed by a tornado near Carrollton, Alabama; two people were killed by a tornado near Haughton, Louisiana; one man died from a falling tree Northwest of Shreveport; another man was killed by a falling tree in Nacogdoches County, Texas; and another man died near Kiowa, Oklahoma after being swept away by floodwaters.

Over the weekend, heavy winds downed trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

States of emergency were declared by the governors of Mississippi and Arkansas. In northern Alabama, the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed three tornadoes including an EF-2 tornado packing winds of 120 miles per hour when it struck a primary school, destroying roughly 10 classrooms, the cafeteria, and part of the school’s gym.

Over the weekend, tornadoes also touched down and cause damage and Louisiana, Missouri, and South Carolina, where the NWS confirmed an EF-2 tornado was responsible for damaging a high school.

Today’s US forecast

South: Rain, thunderstorms and possible flooding

Rain and thunderstorms will affect most of the southern US today from Texas to the Virginias. Heavy rainfall is possible in many areas, with the potential of flash flooding for the southern and eastern areas of Mississippi, as well as southeastern and central Alabama.

Northwest: Snow

There will be mixed precipitation along the coast of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. Expect mostly snow for Southern Washington, as well as most of Oregon with heavy snowfall in the central and northeastern areas of the state.

Most of Montana and Idaho will see snow today. Heavy snow is forecast for western Montana, central and western Idaho.

Other areas of the west seeing snow are western Wyoming, northern Nevada, northern, central and eastern Utah, the western half of Colorado, and north-central New Mexico.

North-central: Snow and freezing rain

Most of North Dakota, northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin will see snowfall today. Freezing rain will occur over the southern portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the majority of Iowa.

Where will it be dry and clear?

Mostly dry and clear weather in the following locations: Southern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, most of New Mexico, western and northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas City, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri; most of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio; Pennsylvania, southern New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey.