Winter storm generates a wide-range of weather throughout the Heartland & beyond

Across the Corn Belt, the most significant winter storm of the season is well underway.  Hazards, including heavy snow and blowing snow, stretch from southeastern Nebraska to near Lake Michigan, leading to travel disruptions and increased livestock stress.  In contrast, mild weather lingers in the eastern Corn Belt, with rain falling early today in the Ohio Valley and neighboring areas.  Elsewhere, cold air is settling across the far upper Midwest; Tuesday morning’s low temperatures fell below 0°F in parts of the Red River Valley of the North.  

On the Plains, conditions are improving in the wake of a departing storm system.  Still, gusty winds are resulting in some blowing snow in areas of the central and southern Plains that received fresh snow on Monday into early Tuesday.  On January 8, official peak wind gusts included 71 mph in Amarillo and Borger, Texas, as well as 73 mph in Guymon, Oklahoma.  Meanwhile, January 8 snowfall in Kansas reached 8.1 inches in Dodge City and 6.9 inches in Goodland. 

In the South, a powerful storm system crossing the Ozark Plateau is drifting northeastward.  Thunderstorms have already spawned several tornadoes in the Gulf Coast States, with the threat of severe weather currently shifting into the southern Atlantic States.  Additionally, Southeastern downpours are causing some flash flooding and river flooding.  Meanwhile, blustery, colder weather is arriving from the western Gulf Coast region to the Mississippi Delta. 

In the West, rain and snow showers stretch from the northern Rockies to northern California.  Cool, blustery, showery conditions linger in the Pacific Northwest.  Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the western U.S., with freezes occurring Tuesday morning from California’s San Joaquin Valley into parts of the Desert Southwest.  

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