Friday, April 15, 2011

Other Wild Weather Happenings Today...

Call me crazy, but it feels just as "crazy" to be making a post talking about heavy snow in mid-April (for an area other than a mountainous region!), but that's what I'm about to do...

The pink shaded areas on the image above, from Nebraska into the Dakotas, are Winter Storm Warnings.  The purple shaded areas are Winter Weather Advisories and the bright orange shaded areas are Blizzard Warnings.  A High Wind Warning covers much of the same region, as shown in the gold shaded colorings.  I-70 is currently reported as closed in Kansas and Colorado, West of Wakeeney, Kansas.

Heavy snows have already fallen (and ended) in many areas across the Western half of the above region,  but the strong winds will continue to cause blowing and drifting this morning.  Additional new snowfall of 4-8 inches (with locally heavier amounts) can be expected across the Eastern half of the warning and advisory areas today.

The high winds will also cause problems further South, but in a different way - this time with respect to fire danger:

As you can see by the image above, critical to extreme fire danger is forecast for today from southeast Colorado into southwest Kansas, the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles and southwest Oklahoma into a large section of central and northern Texas.

The combination of very dry ground, very low humidity and strong winds will spell a potentially dangerous situation today should wildfires ignite in the above regions.

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