Midwest Storm Impacts:
http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather- ... 2011-02-01
Midwest Storm Impacts
-TWC Meteorologist Mike Bettes reported that as of 6:30am CT: "This may be the biggest snow storm the city has ever seen."
-Forecasts call for more than 24 inches of snow, with snow totals possibly surpassing those of the 1967 and 1979 blizzards. A record 23 inches of snow fell during the 1967 blizzard.
-South Bend, IN, located just 100 miles south of Chicago, had already seen nearly 75 inches of snow this season, according to The Associated Press.
-Some 1.100 flights were canceled out of O'Hare Airport today, and 100 flights were canceled out of Midway Airport. Both airports expect to cancel more flights as the day goes on.
-City officials estimate more than 400 trucks with plows on the streets removing snow.
Moweaqua, IL, located some 250 miles south of Chicago, reported 3/4 of an inch of freezing rain by 7 am CT.
-Bitter cold is expected to be the story. Forecasts call for wind chills in the area to fall to -20 degrees. Tonight's overnight low is expected to be -11 degrees.
-Denver International Airport has been placed under a ground stop.
-Forecasts are now calling for 18-24 inches of snow for the city and surrounding areas.
-As of 7 am ET, more than an inch of snow had fallen at Detroit Metro Airport.
Kansas City, MO
-Forecasts call for heavy snow with gusty winds producing blizzard conditions and 8-12 inches of snow.
-Boonville, MO, located on I-40 midway between Kansas City and St. Louis, reported up to 2/10th of an inch of freezing rain over the previous 24 hours.
-Flemington, MO, some 250 miles south of Kansas City, reported at 7 am CT that 5 inches of snow had fallen between 4 am and 7am.
-Winds are expected to be the story, as forecasts for the city call for occasional snow showers with winds reaching 25-35 mph. The gusty winds are expected to produce blizzard conditions.
-National Weather Service officials are telling Packer fans planning to drive to Dallas for the Super Bowl to delay their departure until Wednesday afternoon.
Oklahoma City, OK
-With 7 inches of snow already on the ground and blizzard conditions, Delta, Southwest and American airlines canceled flights out of Will Rogers Airport.
-Temperatures are expected to be 38 degrees below average.
-TWC Meteorologist Jeff Morrow at 6 am CT: "Conditions are really beginning to go downhill. The wind is picking up, blowing snow all over the place."
-Morrow reported 6 inches of snow had fallen already, at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour.
St. Louis, MO
-From 9 to 12 inches of snow expected to fall today.
-City under a blizzard warning. According to the National Weather Service, forecasters who have been in St. Louis since the early 1990s say this is the first time they've ever seen a blizzard warning for the city.
-TWC Meteorologist Mike Seidel at 6 am CT: "We have freezing rain right now, less than a quarter inch."
-As of 10 am CT, 9.2 inches of snow had fallen since midnight, making today the snowiest February day on record for Tulsa. Meanwhile snowfall at Tulsa International Airport was measured at 14 inches as of 9 am CT. All flights were canceled.
-Tulsa's record heaviest snowstorm was 12.9 inches in March 8-9, 1994.
- In nearby Catoosa, part of the roof of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino collapsed from the weight of snow.
-In nearby Verdigris, OK, snow drifts of 3 feet or more are being reported, with many roads becoming impassable.
- And in Miami, OK, about 80 miles northeast of Tulsa, 5 inches of snow fell within 90 minutes, for a total of 13 inches as of 9 am.
- I-44 was reportedly shut down in southwest Missouri to the Oklahoma border because of the storm. In Oklahoma, the Will Rogers Turnpike (I-44) was closed near Big Cabin because of weather-related conditions. And the Oklahoma National Guard reportedly was assisting the Highway Patrol in rescuing stranded motorists on I-35 south of Norman, OK, to the Texas state line.