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More Ice, Flooding Downpours Pelt Central U.S.
UPDATED 3:30 AM CST, November 28, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
A stubborn winter storm will have residents from the southern Plains to the Middle Mississippi Valley yelling "uncle," as it will pack more flooding downpours and a messy icy mix this weekend. The storm will become the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys problem on Sunday and Monday.
Gliding along a front that will budge very little today or Sunday, an abundance of Pacific and Gulf of Mexico moisture will continue to be squeezed out as soaking rain from south-central Texas to western Tennessee and Kentucky today. Further north on the cold side of the storm where Arctic air is being pulled southward in the wake of the cold front from the Texas Panhandle to eastern Kansas, a messy potpourri of snow, sleet and freezing rain will slowly fade by this afternoon and evening.
Many residents from Lubbock, Texas, to Stillwater, Oklahoma City and Norman, Okla., will be scraping away between one-quarter and one-half inch of ice by this afternoon. Further north, including cities from Wichita to Lawrence, Kan., additional ice accumulation of less than one-tenth of an inch is expected today. Even so, travel will be very dangerous along Interstates 20, 35, 40 and 44 across the Plains today.
Meanwhile, the far northern and western fringes of the storm will see perhaps a slushy inch of snowfall today from the Texas Panhandle, including Amarillo, Texas, to western Nebraska today.
Widespread Winter Storm Warnings, Winter Weather Advisories, Freezing Rain Advisories and Ice Storm Warnings extend from eastern New Mexico and southwestern Texas to northwestern Missouri, including Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, Oklahoma City and Norman, Okla., Lawrence and Topeka, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., today. The freezing rain could snap tree limbs and branches and will accumulate on power lines, which will lead to sporadic power outages as well.
Not to be left out, the warm side of the storm will dump impressive rain totals over the next couple days from south-central Texas to Tennessee and Kentucky. One to 4 inches of rain today from eastern parts of the Lone Star State to Arkansas will become the Tennessee Valley`s problem on Sunday, where 1 to 3 inches will be common. Totals will only be added to for the start of the workweek across the Tennessee Valley, with another 1 to 2 inches pelting residents from northern Mississippi to Tennessee.
Widespread Flash Flood Watches and Flood Watches are in place from northeastern Texas to southwestern Illinois today. Not only will storm drains be overwhelmed by excess runoff, but rapid rises in rivers, streams and creeks will be common as well. The net result will likely be areas of widespread flash flooding. Remember, if you approach a flooded road, it is best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."
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