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Stormy Western U.S.

An active and complex weather pattern is in store this weekend through next week, as multiple storms track from West Coast to East Coast. The activity starts today as a vigorous system moves through north-central California into the Intermountain West with rain, perhaps a few thunderstorms and heavy mountain snow. This system will move into the Upper Midwest tomorrow with a swath of heavy snow. Read More >

January 19th Snow Event

A low pressure system moving through the northern Gulf of Mexico brought widespread precipitation to the region the evening of Friday, January 18th and the morning of Saturday, January 19th. The rain changed to snow over much of the area during the early morning hours of January 19th. Significant precipitation was still occurring along and south of the Interstate 20 corridor when the precipitation changed to snow, and accumulating snow then occurred in most locations east of the Mississippi River.

The heaviest snow appears to have fallen in the areas around Covington, Jefferson Davis, and western Jones Counties, where isolated amounts of 4 to 5 inches occurred. At the height of the snow, temperatures were able to fall to near freezing, and accumulations occurred on roadways resulting in a number of traffic accidents. Additionally, some power outages occurred in the heaviest snow band due to the weight of the wet snow on limbs and lines. However, most folks in the area enjoyed the rare snowfall and took full advantage of the opportunity to make snowmen and snow angels, or to go sledding on the nearest hill.