Here in Houston, winter storms and blizzard conditions would never be an issue; currently however, our neighbors to the north are plagued with them once again, in a matter of days.
A second major snowstorm in a week battered the nation’s Midwest Tuesday, leaving a half-foot or more of snow across Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas and cutting power to thousands.
High winds made for drifts that were more than two feet high. Treacherous driving conditions for those who dared drive on icy and snow-covered streets are what those brave motorists endured.
As of Tuesday afternoon, about 40,000 people in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas were without power as heavy, wet and clinging snow weighed on power lines.
So from a weather standpoint, why was the Midwest subjected to another round of paralyzing snow? Reports indicate that a strong low pressure system fueled the storm, which came in the form of heavy rain in eastern Oklahoma and Texas. Meteorologists warn that this second storm could prove to be more problematic than the first. Whiteout conditions could arise and winds could be as high as 50mph.
Schools and major highways in the Texas Panhandle were closed Tuesday. Even Texas Tech’s men’s basketball team stayed overnight at a hotel in Kansas after playing against Kansas State on Monday night; officials decided to wait for more favorable road conditions on their way back to Lubbock.
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Cicely C. Mitchell, MIX 96.5/ Houston