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Severe Weather Threat Across the Central and Southern Plains Thursday; Hazardous Heat in South Texas and Florida

Severe thunderstorms are forecast across parts of the central and southern Great Plains Thursday afternoon through Thursday night, posing a risk for severe winds and large hail. Hazardous heat will continue across portions of South Texas and for much of the central and southern Florida Peninsula through the weekend. Daily high temperature records could be tied or broken. Read More >

Overview
An upper-level plume of Pacific moisture, a shallow layer of dry air near the surface, and a vigorous upper-level disturbance combined to produce a widespread area of wintry precipitation across the northern sections of the Four State Region. The precipitation began across East Texas late Monday night (February 4th) and overspread the rest of the region on Tuesday, February 5th. The temperature profile was just cold enough for the precipitation to fall mainly as snow north of a line from Pittsburg, TX, to along the Louisiana and Arkansas border. South of this line, the precipitation fell as a very cold rain with only a brief period of snow or sleet observed as far south as the Interstate 20 corridor. Snow amounts ranged from a relatively narrow band of 1 to 3 inches to a snow swath of 3 to 6 inches across Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas, and extreme Northeast Texas. The heaviest snowfall fell over the Red River Valley of Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, and Southwest Arkansas, where 6 to 9 inches of snow fell.
 
Graphics & Photos
Snowfall map for February 5, 2002
Snowfall map from February 5th, 2002.
 
7.5 inches of snow in Ashdown, AR
Seven and a half inches of snow on a car hood in Ashdown, AR.

 

 
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