A powerful winter storm is expected to dump heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain across the central United States while threatening powerful tornadoes in the south.
More than 15 million people are under winter weather warning Monday from Utah to Wisconsin. The same storm system brought record rainfall and deadly flooding to drought-stricken California over the weekend.
Rapid snowfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour is forecast from the Nebraska panhandle to southwestern Minnesota, leaving a total of more than 12 inches of snowfall by late Tuesday. The onslaught of snow could be accompanied by thunder.
“These intense rates combined with gusty winds will produce patches of snow drifting and blowing, resulting in snowy roads, reduced visibility and difficult travel,” the Weather Prediction Center said.
Significant ice accumulation could lead to power outages and unsafe travel conditions.
Freezing rain could build up more than a quarter inch of ice from northeast Nebraska through northwest Iowa to southern Minnesota Monday through Tuesday.
“Travel will become unsafe, if not impossible, later tonight (until) Tuesday in many areas,” said the
Travel will become hazardous, if not impossible, later this evening in Tuesday in many areas. While staying home would be your safest option, if you must travel, ensure you have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle. pic.twitter.com/3y1bbrWtJP— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) January 2, 2023
More than 30 million people from Missouri to the Gulf Coast are at risk of severe weather Monday, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
“A few tornadoes, some of which could be strong, will be the main concern through the afternoon,” the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center said Monday.
Severe storms move east Tuesday when parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama could see tornadoes and damaging winds.
Northern California communities swamped by massive flooding over the weekend could be inundated with even more rain later this week.
It’s unclear how much of a dent this storm will make on drought conditions that have gripped California, which started 2022 with the driest start to the year on record and ended with flooded roads and rivers. swollen.
“Early precipitation forecasts for the midweek storm appear to be around 2 to 3 inches possible in the Central Valley with 3 to 6 inches or more of liquid precipitation in the foothills and mountains,” the office said. Sacramento Weather Services.
An Atmospheric River, a long, narrow region in the atmosphere that can carry moisture thousands of miles, fueled a parade of storms over the weekend, resulting in record rainfall and water rescues .
At least two people have died, including one found inside a submerged vehicle in Sacramento County and a 72-year-old man struck by a falling tree in a Santa Cruz park, officials said.
Now another atmospheric river could bring heavy rain and more flooding Wednesday to northern and central California, including the Bay Area.
This upcoming storm “appears to cause dangerous situations,” the San Francisco National Weather Service said.
Authorities have urged residents to avoid driving through standing water.
Flooding from the Cosumnes River forced the closure of Highway 99 south of Elk Grove in Sacramento County, the California Department of Transportation tweeted Sunday. “SR 99 is one of the state’s heavily traveled and commercially important corridors,” its website says.
Over the past few days, “dozens and dozens” of people have been rescued, Cosumnes Fire Department Captain Chris Schamber told CNN affiliate KCRA. Aerial footage from the station showed cars submerged in floodwaters up to their door handles.
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