Winter Storm Kade could deliver the most substantial snowfall of the season across portions of the central United States, including cities like Chicago and Oklahoma City, as it is predicted to affect a 1,500-mile corridor this week.
Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms and flooding rain will hammer parts of the South from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Southeast coast, threatening millions the next few days.
A monster storm system named Winter Storm Kade is expected to bring impactful weather to every corner of the country in the coming days.
Following two bomb cyclones in Alaska, now the biggest snowstorm of the season is about to disrupt daily commutes, school and long-distance travel from Tuesday night into Thursday in major cities like Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, and Montreal and to bring severe thunderstorms, putting 35 million americans at risk across southern US.
Along its path, feet of snow fell across the Northwest and central Rockies while damaging wind gusts swept across Southern California and the Southwest. In addition to the severe weather threat, accumulating snow is expected on the back side of the storm system across the southern Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes.
Winter Storm #Kade is expected to move across the Plains states and the interior Northeast over the next few days. It's already prompted airlines to issue flight waivers for airports in #CO, #UT, #TX & #OK.— ALE Solutions (@ALESolutionsInc) February 4, 2020
Click the link for a list of impacted airports. https://t.co/Jz117wPZKy pic.twitter.com/NU3IGHgai0
Biggest snowstorm of the year
A winter storm will slow down travel across the country this week as it brings snow, ice and rain from the Southern Plains to the Midwest and Northeast.
This 1,500-mile-long system has been named Winter Storm Kade.
Yesterday, Kade unleashed double-digit snowfall totals farther west in Utah, where Salt Lake City International Airport was buried under record snow (8.6 inches), shattering the February 3, 1936 record of 7 inches.
Today, light snow is falling from portions of Colorado – 2 to 5 inches of snow in Denver metro – and New Mexico into the Central Plains.
But, winter storm warnings, watches and winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service from parts of the Rockies into the Central and Southern Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley.
Lubbock, Texas, Odessa, Texas and Oklahoma City are some of the locations under winter storm warnings at this time.
Major cities, including Oklahoma City, Chicago, Detroit and Columbia are expected to be blanketed by a 3- to 6-inch snowfall.
Below normal snowfall
For these locations and many others, the approaching weather system has the potential to be the biggest single snowstorm of the winter so far with up to 10 inches of snow forecast along the storm path.
Snowfall for the season has been near to below normal across this corridor:
- Chicago has recorded three snow events of 3 inches or more this season.
- Oklahoma City has seen almost no snow so far this season.
- Detroit had its biggest snow event of the season on Nov. 11. And on Jan. 18.
Lock it in!!!!!! #Snowstorm— ילד האלוהים🇮🇱✡️🕎🇨🇦 (@HaKodesh89) January 30, 2020
God of heaven, do this for us please. This winter has been horrific for us snow enthusiasts.
You created the snow and cold, it's not supposed to rain and be balmy during winter. Send snow from your heavens. Thank you Jesus ✝️♥️🌨️ pic.twitter.com/RxnKnuqUuR
Travel disruptions and school closures
Since the storm is targeting major population areas and airport hubs in the region, travel disruptions could be substantial.
Airline passengers should anticipate flight delays and cancellations stemming from the major hubs of O’Hare International, St. Louis International and Detroit Metro airports.
Around Oklahoma City, the morning commute on Wednesday will be a mess. Travel conditions around St. Louis are likely to be rough throughout Wednesday.
Both the morning and afternoon commute on Thursday around Chicago and Detroit have the potential to be slow and slippery.
Some schools may close during the storm due to the poor road conditions.
Dangerous travel conditions
Forecasters say motorists should be prepared for slow, difficult and, in many cases, dangerous travel along portions of interstates 20, 35, 40, 44, 55, 57, 65, 69, 70, 72, 74, 80, 90 and 94.
The wintry precipitation will end from west to east across the southern Plains on Wednesday, then the middle part of the Mississippi Valley later Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Snow, ice, and rain creating tricky travel for millions. In the North, snow and ice and in the South, a rumble of storms. @JenCarfagno is tracking Winter Storm #Kade as it treks East. We're pinpointing the trouble zones this morning on @AMHQ Early starting at 5 am ET. pic.twitter.com/qPvO9izZdH— Kim (@k_yo_media) February 4, 2020
The bulk of the snow will depart the Great Lakes region by Thursday night, but a large area of snow showers is forecast to linger over the Midwest through Friday evening.
It is possible that a sneaky storm will bring snow or a wintry mix to portions of the Ohio Valley this weekend, which will largely be missed by the midweek storm.
Severe weather in southern US
Severe thunderstorms and flooding rain will hammer parts of the South from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Southeast coast the next few days.
This new storm is in the Rockies right now, and it will move slowly across the country the next several days.
Strong jet stream winds from this system will move over increasingly warm and humid air in the South, triggering the development of widespread rain and thunderstorms.
Some of those thunderstorms will likely turn severe with damaging winds, large hail and some tornadoes through Thursday. There could also be areas of localized flooding from the South into the Ohio Valley.
Snow and ice is expected where this storm meets up with colder air in the Rockies, Plains, Midwest and Northeast.
Because the threat for severe thunderstorms spans multiple days, residents in many major southern metro areas – about 35 million – will need to remain alert this week for the potential of rapidly changing conditions. More apocalyptic weather news on Strange Sounds or Steve Quayle [Accuweather, Accuweather, Weather]