A large and devastating ice storm was winding down over part of the
South Central states Friday afternoon, but has left hundreds of
thousands of utility customers from Texas to Kentucky and Missouri
without power, with subfreezing air moving in at night. In some cases
over the southern Plains and Texas, temperatures will drop well down
into the teens and 20s. Heavy snow has fallen on the northwestern
flank of the ice storm. That snow is reaching northeastward toward
the central Appalachians and New England Friday night. Some areas
will transition from rain to heavy snow very quickly, causing roads
to become hazardous. A wedge of warm air was holding along the
southern Atlantic Seaboard, while much of the Upper Midwest, Plains
and West remain in the deep freeze. Cooler air oozed southward in the
mid-Atlantic during the day Friday. A storm was moving southward
along the Pacific Coast and was producing snow near sea level and
will bring some snowflakes to parts of the San Joaquin Valley of
California by Saturday.
An Eastern Warm Spell Remembered From 1998...
--Many areas in the Northeastern states had quite a spell of warm
weather the past couple of days. However, back in 1998 around the
same time it was much warmer. December 6, 1998, marked the fourth
consecutive day of record-breaking high temperatures. Washington,
D.C., set an all-time record high for December with a high of 78
degrees. Salisbury, Md., broke its all-time record high for December
with 77 degrees.
WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS BY ACCU WEATHER
Ice Storm Slams South Central States...
--More than 260,000 were reportedly without power around the Dallas
area early Friday morning.
--Entergy Arkansas, Inc., which serves nearly 700,000 customers in 63
counties of Arkansas, lies in the zone expected to receive ice for
the longest duration.
--More than 3,000 Ameren Missouri customers are without power.
--The Arkansas Department of transportation listed snow or icy
conditions for nearly all of the state's roads and highways,
including I-40 and I-540, at midday.
Dangerously Low RealFeel Temperatures on the Plains...(For Noon MT)...
--Baker, Mont.: -34
--Rugby, N.D.: -36
--Cody, Wyo.: -12
--Glasgow, Mont.: -31
--Minot, N.D.: -36
--Wolf Creek Pass, Colo.: -38
--Havre, Mont.: -36
--Garrison, N.D.: -40
--Fergus Falls, Minn.: -31
--Buffalo, S.D.: -36
--O'Neill, Neb.: -15
--Salina, Kan.: -1
Lows Friday Morning...
--Paso Robles, Calif.: 16
--Fresno, Calif.: 29
--Sacramento, Calif.: 25
--Riverside, Calif.: 31
--Imperial, Calif.: 35
--San Luis Obispo, Calif.: 25
Recent Snowfall (Inches)...
Sandia Park, N.M. 14.0
Wasola, Mo. 13.0
Mount Vernon, Ill. 13.0
Albion, Ill. 12.2
Dahlgren, Ill. 12.2
Du Quoin, Ill. 12.0
Mt. Sherman, Ark. 12.0
Calico Rock, Ark. 12.0
Woodlawn, Ill. 12.0
Mount Carmel, Ill. 12.0
Pea Ridge, Ark. 12.0
Lamy, N.M. 12.0
Redridge, Mich. 12.0
Chupadero, N.M. 12.0
Dudley, Mo. 11.5
Christopher, Ill. 11.5
Centerton, Ark. 11.5
Bicknell, Ind. 11.4
McClure, Ill. 11.0
Shady Brook, N.M. 11.0
Dongola, Ill. 10.5
Jeffersonville, Ill. 10.5
Valier, Ill. 10.5
Miller, Ark. 10.5
National High Today (through 9 p.m.) 88 at Plant City, Florida
National Low Today (through 9 p.m.) -37 at Mizpah, Montana
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