Just as one winter storm brings tricky holiday travel to the central Plains today, a second developing system promises more weather headaches for the nation`s midsection early next week. All the while, more rain will pelt locations that desperately need a dry break from Mother Nature.
Moisture streaming north from Mexico is ramming into cold upper 20s and lower 30s from north Texas to the central Plains. This is resulting in freezing rain where Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have been posted from western Oklahoma to Nebraska. Clinton, Okla., Hill City, Kan., and North Platte, Neb., are included.
A light glaze will add to the already slippery secondary roads, driveways and overpasses along stretches of Interstates 35, 70 and 80.
In the warmer air, a steady stream of light to moderate rain is pelting the already waterlogged southern Plains to Mid-South where Flash Flood Watches and Flood Warnings continue. Dallas and Little Rock, Ark., are included.
Although additional amounts are only expected to be in the range of one-half to one inch, this rain falling on an already saturated ground will spell more flooding trouble. Remember, where water covers the ground it may be deeper than what it appears. If you approach a flooded roadway, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."
The rain will slide out of Texas early Monday and end across the Mid-South by Tuesday morning.
Not to be outdone, a fresh low pressure is developing in New Mexico today. This low will propel north and east to the eastern Plains by Monday evening. As it does so, moisture and cold air wrapping around its center will allow freezing drizzle in locations already covered in a glaze today to change to light snow Monday evening. Cold air will continue to pour in overnight Monday, allowing wet spots to refreeze in the central Plains.
Ultimately, the heaviest stripe of snow will fall in the Upper Midwest where Winter Storm Watches have been posted for Monday. This includes the Twin Cities. Snow will begin just in time for the morning rush but cause the most problems for the drive home from work. Six to 9 inches will have residents digging their cars out by Monday evening in Norfolk, Neb., Denison, Iowa, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Minneapolis.
As the low pressure slows down a bit Tuesday, snow will linger in the northern Plains to the Minnesota Arrowhead.
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