A blizzard already blasting the Texas Panhandle will continue to expand northeastward across Kansas and will reach northwestern Missouri into Monday night.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, “The second major snowstorm in less than a week will bring travel to a standstill. School, business and other daily activities may be disrupted for days in the region.”
Whiteout conditions and extensive blowing and drifting snow were clobbering northwestern Texas Monday midday. Conditions were deteriorating over western Oklahoma and central Kansas.
The storm slammed the Denver area with heavy snow over the weekend and will bring a foot of snow to some areas over the southern and central Plains that received a foot of snow only days earlier.
In addition to Amarillo, Texas, blizzard conditions will hit Wichita, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. hard.
Windswept snow will follow rain in Oklahoma City Monday with the all-out blizzard conditions expected not far to the city’s north and west. Windswept snow will also blast Tulsa, Okla. and Joplin, Mo.
During the height of the storm, snowfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour will hit Gage, Okla., on Monday before slamming Wichita, Kan., and Enid, Okla., Monday afternoon and evening, then Chanute, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., late Monday night.
Thunder and lightning can accompany the snow in some areas.
Those rates will push snowfall totals toward or past a foot, clogging streets and interstates. Wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph severely blowing and drifting the snow around will create dangerously low visibility and are sure to bring travel to a standstill.
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Motorists should prepare for lengthy road closures, including on Interstates 35, 40, 44 and 70, with flight cancellations and severe disruptions to daily routines a high probability.
“This blizzard is following a storm which just dumped a whopping 14.2 inches of snow on Wichita and 11.0 inches on Kansas City,” stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards.
The snow from Monday’s blizzard will likely cause this February to become Wichita’s all-time snowiest month, a record currently held by February 1913 and its 20.5 inches.
While creating nightmares for travelers and residents, the previous snowstorm and impending blizzard are not entirely bad news.
For many agricultural interests in the region, the snowstorms are “white gold.”
“The snow will slowly melt and seep into the ground in the coming days and weeks,” according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, providing much-needed moisture to the drought-stricken region.
AccuWeather – Blizzard Clobbers Amarillo, Wichita, Kansas City.