-A plume of moisture extending along a stalled boundary from Texas to
the mid-Atlantic brought a slew of travel problems Wednesday. On the
cold side of the front, heavy snow buried parts of northern Arkansas
to Kentucky. Many areas saw nearly a half a foot of snow by Wednesday
evening, including the Louisville, Lexington and Padauch areas. Roads
became treacherous in a short amount of time as heavy snow brought
snow accumulation rates of an inch or two per hour at times. A couple
of inches also fell around Oklahoma City earlier in the day.
Traveling a little farther to the south and east of all this snow,
sleet and freezing rain became the bigger issue as warmer air aloft
allowed snow to change over. Little Rock was pelted with an inch or
two of sleet and Dallas also saw some light sleet accumulations.
Locations that remained all rain were threatened with high creeks and
flooded roadways during the day. Kentucky and Tennessee were dealt
with many flooding concerns, especially around the Nashville area
where some roadways were closed.
-Across the Southeast and parts of the mid-Atlantic, temperatures were
much higher than Tuesday. Raleigh reached 75 F on Wednesday, well
above the 43 F that they reached on Tuesday. Atlanta was also warmer,
reaching 78 F after only reaching 54 the day before. Despite a foggy
and drizzly morning, the rest of the day turned out okay across these
areas. While warm air was present in the Southeast, cold air
continued to pour into the northern Plains where temperatures dropped
below zero once again.
Heavy Ice and Snow Takes Toll on the Poultry Industry
-On this day in 1989, freezing rain and heavy snow took a heavy toll
on the poultry industry in parts of eastern Oklahoma, northwest
Arkansas, and southwest Missouri. Hundreds of chicken houses
collapsed from the weight of ice and snow, killing 4.4 million
Record High from Wednesday:
-Houston (Hobby Airport), TX tied the record of 81 degrees,
originally set in 1972 and first tied in 1982.
Record Low from Wednesday:
-Rawlins, WY set a record of 21 degrees below zero, breaking the
record of 18 degrees below zero set in 1989.
Record Low Maximums from Wednesday:
-International Falls, MN set a record of 2 degrees, breaking the
record of 4 degrees set in 2003.
-Duluth, MN set a record of 3 degrees, breaking the record of 5
degrees set way back in 1888.
-Sisseton, SD set a record of 4 degrees, smashing the record of 9
degrees set in 1960.
-Watertown, SD tied the record of 4 degrees, originally set in 1960.
Snowfall Records from Wednesday:
-Louisville, KY had 8.3 inches, burying the record of 3.1 inches set
-Oklahoma City, OK had 4.0 inches, breaking the record of 1.4 inches
set back in 1915.
-Bowling Green, KY had 1.4 inches, breaking the record of 0.5 of an
inch set in 1998.
Storm Total Snowfall, as of 2 A.M. EST Thursday:
Shepherdsville, KY 13.5"
Custer, KY 11.5"
Hardinsburg, KY 11.0"
Owensboro, KY 10.0"
Cape Girardeau, MO 9.0"
Evansville, IN 8.5"
Louisville, KY 8.3"
Carrier Mills, IL 8.2"
Paducah, KY 8.1"
Poplar Bluff, MO 8.0"
Sciotoville, OH 7.8"
Lucasville, OH 7.5"
Harrisburg, IL 7.2"
Bardstown, KY 7.0"
Warsaw, KY 6.8"
Kevil, KY 6.5"
Zeigler, IL 6.0"
Thayer, MO 5.8"
Cairo, IL 5.5"
Newburgh, IN 5.2"
Grapevine, TX 5.0"
Crittenden, KY 4.5"
Walton, KY 4.3"
Warsaw, KY 4.2"
National High Yesterday 88 at Fernandina Beach, Florida
National Low Yesterday -31 at Jeffrey City, Wyoming
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