A blizzard is under way across portions of northern Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri on Thursday.
Nearly a foot of snow has already piled up over some communities in Kansas, where totals could climb upwards to 2 feet.
Travel is extremely dangerous along major interstates, including I-35, I-70 and I-80.
9:15 a.m. CST Thursday: Heavy snow and sleet have been slamming much of Missouri the last couple of hours. Kansas City, Mo., has received 2 inches in the past hour with near-zero visibility occurring throughout the area currently. Local Radar Joplin, Mo., has recorded 1.50 inches of sleet.
8:45 a.m. CST Thursday: The FAA reports that snow and ice are causing flight delays and/or cancellations at Denver International Airport and Kansas City International Airport. Flight Tracker and Current Airport Delays
8:15 a.m. CST Thursday: This snowstorm may end up ranking as one of the top five biggest snowstorms in history for Wichita, Kan. The following is a list of the five worst snowstorms to hit:
8:00 a.m. CST Thursday: There have been more than 170 flight cancellations at Kansas City International Airport as heavy snow spreads into the city. Heavy snow is falling with the visibility being reduced to 1/4 of a mile. Local Radar
7:30 a.m. CST Thursday: 14.0 inches of snow have fallen 2 miles northwest of Hutchinson, Kan.
6:45 a.m. CST Thursday: The Kansas Department of Transportation 511 road condition map shows (in pink) that most major highways across Kansas are entirely packed by snow and ice. Travel is extremely dangerous:
6:30 a.m. CST Thursday: The blizzard continues to rage across northern Oklahoma, Kansas, and portions of Missouri and Nebraska. Snow has also reached the Texas Panhandle.
Latest snow totals include: 10.0 inches at Wichita Mid Continent Airport, Kan.; 5.0 inches in Higgins, Texas; 4.0 inches in Canadian, Texas.
4:15 a.m. CST Thursday: Colleagues at our AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, stationed in Wichita, Kan., reported thundersnow and snowfall rates of >1″/hour. Meteorologist Becky Elliot took a brief video of this phenomenon.
2:40 a.m. CST Thursday: Freezing rain will cause trave headaches early this morning across northern Oklahoma while sleet will be the main issue farther north and east in places like Springfield, Mo. Heavy snow will spread across Kansas.
1:28 a.m. CST Thursday: Over 600 lightning strikes have occurred in western Oklahoma and Texas over the past hour. Thundersnow and “thundersleet” has been reported in these areas as well. This very potent storm system is just getting organized and the tremendous lift in the atmosphere is helping to produce these thunderstorms.
11:55 p.m. CST Wednesday: Precipitation is breaking out across southwestern Oklahoma and will continue to spread northeastward through the night. Temperatures across the state are in the low to mid 30s and a wintry mix is expected from around I-40 north to the Kansas border. Mainly snow should fall farther north. A few rumbles of thunder are also likely.
10:20 p.m. CST Wednesday: In the last 2 hours, numerous wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph have been reported in and around El Paso, Texas. These strong winds will rip eastward into Thursday, causing blowing dust across much of western Texas and eastern New Mexico.
8:20 p.m. CST Wednesday: The Associated Press reports an 18-year-old man from Alex, Okla. was killed in an accident when he skidded out of control during the storm on State Highway 19.
8:12 p.m. CST Wednesday: Snow Totals – 5 inches in Smith, Kan.; 6 inches in Ellis, Kan.; 7 inches in Gove, Kan.; 2.5 inches in Tulsa, Okla.
7:04 p.m. CST Wednesday: Road conditions have worsened across Arkansas. Yellow lines represent sleet, green lines represent slush, and blue is indicative of snow:
6:38 p.m. CST Wednesday: Numerous reports of thundersnow over the last 30 minutes across Harper and Kingman Counties, Kan.
6:03 p.m. CST Wednesday: Little Rock, Ark. is seeing an icy mess right now and will likely continue to for the next few hours. Warmer air may push in from the South later tonight, transitioning the city over to rain.
4:56 p.m. CST Wednesday: Roadways, bridges and overpasses are becoming slick across much of Oklahoma, according to the Department of Public Safety:
3:35 p.m. CST Wednesday: Recent snowfall totals: 5.1″ in West Wichita, Kan.; 4.5″ in Pocola, Okla.; 5.5″ inches in Pratt, Kan.; and 6 inches near Quinter, Kan.
2:58 p.m. CST Wednesday: Snow is coming to an end in Wichita, Kan. As much as 4.8 inches have been reported in some parts of the city. Below is a photo from AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Smith, of Mike Smith Enterprises, LLC:
1:30 p.m. CST Wednesday: 5.0 inches of snow has accumulated in Anthony, Kan.
12:20 p.m. CST Wednesday: More than three inches of snow was reported in Tulsa, Okla., and six inches of snow was reported 10 miles southwest of Greensburg, Kan. At 12:00 p.m. CST, three inches of snow was measured at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Here’s a photo of snow in Wichita from AccuWeather Meteorologist Cory Mottice:
Here’s another photo of snow in Wichita from AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Smith, of Mike Smith Enterprises, LLC:
11:25 a.m. CST Wednesday:
Five inches of snow in both Alva, Okla., and 1 mile SSE of Kiowa, Kan. Quarter of a mile visibility in Fayetteville, Ark., with snow and freezing fog. Roads are covered near Wichita.
10:50 a.m. CST Wednesday: The Kansas Department of Transportation 511 road condition map shows (in pink) that portions of I-70 and other state highways are completely covered by snow and ice. The light blue color indicates roads that are partially covered by snow and ice.
10:40 a.m. CST Wednesday: Snow has ended in Garden City, Kan., after about 2 inches of snow. Now the city is getting freezing rain.
More at AccuWeather-Live: Blizzard Rages Across Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri.