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Critical Fire Weather Concerns in the Plains; Powerful Storm in the West; Heavy Lake-Effect Snow Downwind of the Great Lakes

Very warm, dry air combined with winds gusting as high as 30 mph will support critical fire weather concerns across the central Plains through this afternoon. In the west, blizzard conditions in the mountains and heavy coastal rain will prevail through the weekend. Hazardous travel is anticipated. Lake-effect snow will develop over the upper parts of Michigan and southeast Lake Ontario today. Read More >

Overview
A devastating freezing rain/ice storm event struck Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and Southeast Oklahoma on December 25-26, 2000. This storm caused widespread power outages and travel problems. At one point, much of the city of Texarkana was without power, telephone, and water. Ice accumulations were estimated by observes to be as much as an inch in Southwest Arkansas. There was a very narrow (about 20 miles) zone where conditions progressed from no icing to significant icing across Northeast Texas and Northern Louisiana.
 
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Ice accumulations at the NWS office in Shreveport   Ice accumulations at the NWS office in Shreveport   Ice accumulations at the NWS office in Shreveport
Ice accumulations at the NWS office in Shreveport
Ice accumulations in Hope, AR
Ice accumulations in Hope, AR.
Map of ice accumulations
IMap of ice accumulations.

 

 
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