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'A storm to remember'

02/02/2011 @ 6:23am

The storm system impacting the Nation's midsection won't change much over the next 24 to 36 hours, which means that this is going to be a storm system to remember for a lot of areas.

Blizzard warnings are not all that common, but on the weather maps this morning we see the National Weather Service putting northeastern Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, all but far northwestern and far southeastern Missouri, southeastern Iowa, northwestern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, northern Indiana, far northwestern Ohio, and southern Michigan under such an advisory (with winter storm warnings completely surrounding that area).

 It still looks like we will be measuring the snowfall in feet from this storm for basically the same area that is under a blizzard warning right now, with the potential for up to two feet in some parts of Missouri and northern Illinois. With winds really starting to howl for later today through a good part of tomorrow, that will eventually make travel impossible across a lot of the heart of the Nation.

To the south is still the likelihood of a major ice storm for southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, and central Ohio (generally along or just south of Interstate 70) and thus power outages are going to be a big problem.

 Even further south is the prospect of severe weather, with early morning radar showing a line of very strong thunderstorms in western Louisiana and there is the likelihood of a good deal of severe weather through tonight in southern parts of the Delta.

Behind this storm is going to be some very cold weather (already it was below zero this morning in parts of the hard-red winter wheat belt), with sub-zero lows covering the Plains tomorrow morning and across much of the Midwest for Thursday morning. Temperatures will moderate for the end of this week, but it looks like another storm system early next week that will be followed by more very cold weather.

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