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Friday, December 20, 2013

Major Winter Storm to Affect US Central States

Winter 2013-14 begins tomorrow (Saturday)- and Mother Nature will herald the seasons' arrival with a variety of stormy weather.


Everything from ice- snow to severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes are expected in our Central States during the next 24-48 hours.


The severe thunderstorms will be limited to southeastern Arkansas into the Tennessee Valley and middle Gulf states on Saturday.


Locally- there is a definite line of snow and ice accumulations that runs across Metro Kansas City.


The heaviest ice accumulations are likely to the south and east and the snow accumulations from the west to northeast parts of the area (see the NWS maps included here).


The ice could accumulate up to a third of an inch- with the bulk of that problem beginning overnight tonight.


The snowfall will come later Saturday afternoon and/or evening- and accumulations could be as high as 8-inches in isolated areas- with a general 4-6-inch depth expected by Sunday morning.


I'm doing my regular weekend overnight shifts for KSHB Action News beginning at 11 pm tonight- so I'll update this situation later....