Severe Snow in Central Plains, Thunderstorm on Gulf Coast Into Weekend

New England may get a snow dump

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 21, 2013 Last Updated: February 21, 2013
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The mid-U.S. has a blizzard underway across portions of northern Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms move from Texas to Alabama by late Thursday night, according to The National Weather Service.

Kansas locals reported lightning and snow around 4:00 a.m. local time.

Trent Magill, a Meteorologist for @WEWS, tweeted, “Thunder, lightning, and very heavy snow reported in southernKansas right now… over 2″ of snow per hour!”

“A large scale winter storm affecting the Desert Southwest will shift eastward on Thursday, bringing widespread gusty winds, freezing rain and more than a foot of snow to portions of the central United States,” they reported.

“This is the coldest storm of the season, thus far,” Bernie Rayno, meteorologist with AccuWeather said in a televised report.

The winter storm came from California, into the Southwest, then into the upper plains.  Rayno likes to use the 500-millibar chart to predict where the snow will be. 

“If you just look at the surface, you are going to miss things,” Rayno said, adding that he likes to look at the upper levels.

New England is expected to be impacted by a winter storm this weekend. Rayno said that he expects a snowstorm to impact the following areas this weekend: north of New York City, Boston, provendin, Hartford, Portland, Augusta, banglore, and down east Maine.

He said the question remains on who will get the most snow this weekend.

The Gulf States, from eastern Texas to the Florida Panhandle, are expected to be impacted by severe thunderstorms and heavy rain through the end of the week, according the National Weather Service, reports

“As low pressure intensifies across the southern High Plains, a cold front will slice through central Texas, igniting powerful thunderstorms from San Angelo to Abilene,” reports AccuWeather.

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