After a quiet few weeks in the West, the weather is finally becoming more active. A winter storm will push through the Southwest today and tomorrow, dropping up to 18″ of snow in higher elevations of the central and southern Rockies.
The panhandle of Texas will also see some wintry precipitation. 2-4″ of snow will pile up through midday tomorrow.
As this strong area of low pressure continues to push towards the north and east, freezing rain will become an issue through central Texas, parts of Arkansas and Louisiana and eventually the Deep South. Slick road conditions are expected on Monday in these areas.
A deep dip in the jet stream across the eastern U.S. will continue to allow cold blasts of Arctic air to invade the North Central states. Wind chill values will be between -35 and -45 tomorrow morning in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Frost bite can occur within 10 minutes if skin is not properly covered.
Actual air temperatures today will remain cold through the Upper Midwest.
If you’re a NASCAR fan like me, you’ll be tuned in to the Daytona 500 this afternoon! The weather looks beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s. Jeff Gordon is on the pole with Jimmie Johnson starting second. Enjoy the race!
-Meteorologist Ashley O’Connor
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