A historic blizzard is impacting the Midwest this morning with heavy snow, freezing rain, sleet, frigid temperatures, and very strong winds. Wind chill values well below zero across much of the region.
The low pressure center is located over eastern Texas right now, and on the south side of the low severe weather is ongoing across much of Louisiana this morning with a Tornado Watch posted, along with a few warnings.
However, on the northern side a Blizzard Warning is in effect from Oklahoma City all the way through Central Missouri through Chicago to Detroit.
Snowfall amounts between one and two FEET are expected across a large swath of the Midwest. There will also be an area further south of mixed precipitation where up to a half inch or so of freezing rain is expected which could cause major power outages. Wind chill values could drop to as low as -40 to -50 in some areas.
Below are a few observations at 9:00am from around the Midwest…
Oklahoma City, Heavy Snow, temp 9, wind NW 40 G 47, wind chill -16, visibility 1/4 mile
Norman, Snow, temp 10, wind NW 25 G 38, wind chill -10, visibility 1/2 mile
Tulsa, Heavy Snow, temp 12, wind NW 24 G 31, wind chill -8, visibility 1/4 mile
Fayetteville, Light snow, temp 26, wind NW 15 G 24, wind chill 14, visibility 3/4 mile
Harrison, Freezing rain, temp 31, wind NE 15 G 22, wind chill 20
Hot Springs, Thunderstorm, temp 55, wind E 10
Joplin, Heavy Snow, temp 16, wind NW 18, wind chill 0, visibility 1/10 mile
Springfield, Heavy Snow, temp 21, wind N 16, wind chill 7, visibility 1/4 mile
Kansas City, Light Snow, temp 13, wind N 16, wind chill -3, visibility 3/4 mile
St Joseph, Snow, temp 13, wind N 20, wind chill -5, visibility 1/2 mile
St Louis, Sleet, temp 25, wind NE 12, wind chill 14, visibility 1/2 mile
Columbia, Heavy Snow, temp 20, wind NE 20 G 25, wind chill 4, visibility 1/4 mile
Jefferson City, Heavy Snow, temp 23, wind NE 8, wind chill 14, visibility 1/4 mile
Goodland, Cloudy, temp -11, wind N 37 G 43, wind chill -43
Wichita, Heavy Snow, temp 4, wind N 28 G 46, wind chill -20, visibility 1/4 mile
Emporia, Heavy Snow, temp 7, wind N 20 G 36, wind chill -13, visibility 1/4 mile
On the south end of the storm system, much different weather conditions over Louisiana, where severe thunderstorms will occur today…
New Orleans, Cloudy, temp 67, dewpoint 63, wind SE 20 G 26
Slidell, Cloudy, temp 64, dewpoint 62, wind SE 13 G 21
Lafayette, Light rain, temp 69, dewpoint 63, wind S 18 G 29