A deadly storm system slowly easing through the central and southern Plains doesn`t show sign of any mercy heading through the remainder of the holiday weekend.
More than a tenth of an inch of ice on the ground has been causing slippery travel from western Oklahoma into Kansas. Not to be outdone, flooding rain has walloped the southern Plains and Mid-South with Bonham, Texas, receiving almost a foot of rainfall and Oklahoma City seeing around 3 inches.
Cold air trickling in along a slow-moving cold front is responsible for the ice accumulation from West Texas to western Missouri. Widespread Winter Storm Warnings, Winter Weather Advisories, Freezing Rain Advisories and Ice Storm Warnings extend from north Texas to southern Missouri, including Lubbock, Texas, Oklahoma City, Topeka, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.
An additional few hundredths of an inch of ice will coat sidewalks, driveways and overpasses along the Interstate 27, 35 and 44 corridors through the evening. The problems won`t end there though. Another weather system will develop along the trailing cold front across Texas and push more moisture into the cold air overnight into Sunday. Although most of the precipitation will be very light, more slippery spots will develop for western Plains travelers heading home from the Thanksgiving holiday.
On the flip-side of the same front, more rounds of rain will trigger flooding problems. Flash Flood Watches and Warnings extend from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to the Mid-South, including Little Rock, Ark., and Poplar Bluff, Mo. An additional 1 to 2 inchescould fall through tonight on already saturated soil will cause ponding of water. Small creeks and streams already bank full will spill onto adjacent roads as well. Remember, if you approach a flooded roadway, it`s best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown." The water is usually deeper than what it appears.
The same are of low pressure that will bring more icy weather to parts of the southern and central Plains will unleash more rain Sunday on the southeastern Plains to Mid-South. This will likely prompt additional flash flooding problems along Interstates 20, 30 and 40.
As the system slides into the Mid-Mississippi Valley Monday, the rain will end for waterlogged southern Plains and Mid-South locations. However, on the storm`s western side, cold air continuing to pour into the central Plains will change freezing drizzle to snow showers before ending Monday evening. Any wet spots could refreeze Monday night as skies clear and temperatures fall into the 20s.
The rain is only adding to the growing surplus in Texas. This year has become the wettest since records began for North Texas with 56 inches of rain. A similar trend has developed in Oklahoma City, with precipitation almost 17 inches above average for 2015. The Mid-South has also been in a stormy pattern with precipitation almost 5 inches above average this year in Little Rock, Ark.
Know Before(tm) and stay informed!Download WeatherBug for your mobile device and desktop computer for real-time observations, forecasts for 2.6 million locations, and the most advanced warnings to severe weather. Follow us on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook. What do you think of this story? Click here for comments or suggestions.