Thursday, December 24, 2009

Blizzard Warnings Extended

"I had to pull off and go home, snow rate was near 4" hour at one point in Tulsa. Many persons stranded in vehicles. My nephew has been stranded on I-40 west of OKC for 5 hours and national guard has advised them they will be stranded all night." 

"I-90 From Minnesota to Chamberlain SD is closed. I-29 from North Dakota to Nebraska is closed."

Snowfall is really picking up here on the SW side of KC can't say how much snow we have gotten but at least 3" or so. Winds are REALLY cranking now and conditions are getting very worse. I-29 from St. Joe to the Iowa border is shut down.

Official report from NWS at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport is 14.1" of snow.
 This is the biggest one day snowfall all-time breaking the old record of 11.3 inches set way back on March 19, 1924.

Olney, Texas says the snow has ended with 8" of snow on the ground. This is just west of the 
Fort Worth area. 
2.3 inches has been reported in Dallas almost breaking their record of 2.6 inches of snow in a  single day.
                        ---Reports from StormTrack

Tornadoes caused injuries and widespread damage (including, ironically, destroying a Catholic Church on Christmas Eve) in Louisiana.  Arcadia Parish (parish = county in Louisiana) was particularly hard hit.  

The Star-Telegram said the Dallas-Fort Worth area was experiencing its first White Christmas in more than 80 years. While the area had a sprinkling of holiday snow in 2004 and 1997, the last time it experienced “a true, New England-style dose of snow on Christmas Day was Dec. 25, 1926,” the newspaper reported.

Radar at 10:25pm Christmas Eve

Predicted Snowfalls from 6pm Christmas Eve until 11pm Saturday, December 26th

There should be a blizzard warning in effect for the Kansas Flint Hills where 7 to 15 inches with 50 mph winds will occur.  I am getting reports of visibility less than 1/4 mile.  Travel extremely dangerous in those areas.

Note the tornado warning in southeast Misssissippi.  Please keep up on the weather in the yellow tornado watch area!

Here is the 3:42pm winterized AccuWeather Radar (link below), with heaviest snow in the darker blue colors.

This will be my last update as I wish to spend quality time with my family.  I hope this storm updating has been helpful.  Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!!!

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