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Tornadoes Major winter storm targeting southern states!
« on: 11 January 2011, 01:00:12 AM »
Major winter storm targeting southern states!

An area of low pressure is currently skirting along the Texas and Louisiana  Gulf Coast and will migrate east toward the Florida panhandle into tomorrow.  This low will pull Gulf moisture into the Arklatrex and Mid South, which will  interact with a cold air mass residing over this same area. This will set the  stage for a major winter weather event to unfold over a large part of the  southern U.S., with crippling freezing rain accumulations to heavy sleet  and snow possible. Right now, parts of northeast Texas, northwest Louisiana and  southwest Arkansas are under a heavy band of precip, where snowfall rates of  1-2" or more per hour are likely occurring along with sleet and/or graupel. This  precip will expand in coverage and spread to the north and east, where places like Pine Bluff,  AR, Tupelo, MS and Chattanooga, TN could eventually see as much as 8" of snow,  and substantial travel issues would result. In other areas such as Meridian, MS  and Montgomery, Alabama, the bigger concern is freezing rain, where the  potential for ice accumulations of 1/2" or more exists. This amount of ice would  likely cause widespread power outages, as trees and power lines would not be  able to withstand the added weight. Residents of the Mid-South are encouraged to  monitor the latest conditions and advisories through local media and NWS, and  prepare for the impending weather event! It's bread, milk and generator  time!

Visit local NWS websites affected by the winter storm, below:

Shreveport, LA | Little Rock, AR | Memphis, TN | Jackson, MS | Birmingham, AL | Peachtree City, GA

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