A potentially massive winter storm is making it's way out of the southwest United States. This storm will wreak havoc on travel though the nation's mid-section from Monday through Wednesday. It's not just snow that makes this storm dangerous. Some areas, including St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus could see significant amounts of ice. Electric companies have already begun calling in reinforcements in preparation for this event. It's also possible that airports from Kansas City to Chicago will be closed due to heavy snow before this event is over.
If you're in the path of this storm, be sure to have several sources of weather information at hand. A radio, TV, the internet (Weather Defender) and weather radio can all provide information on the storm's current status. However, if a significant icing event occurs, you'll need to ensure you have a battery operated source of information and plenty of spare batteries!
The northeast is again preparing for a winter storm, that by some accounts, could rival the storm that hit around Christmas. In addition, temperatures in the northeast are plummeting to near record lows. On top of everything, wind chills are dangerously low. The map below shows the current wind chill advisories and warnings currently in place over the northeast.
Be sure when venturing outside in these conditions to use appropriate precautions as frost bite can occur very quickly. Some precautions to take:
Be sure to wear hats and glovesDress in multiple layersLimit your exposure
The map above was generated using the Warnings and Advisories layer within Weather Defender.
Winter storm warnings are in place across the entire I-70 corridor
A major winter storm is beginning to create travel problems across a majority of Missouri this evening and through the overnight hours. Many areas of the state are expecting 6" - 8" of new snow. The I-70 corridor is already experiencing snow rates of 1 inch per hour.
For those travelers in Missouri, be sure to check road conditions on the MoDot webiste at: http://www.modot.mo.gov/tim/
Use the "Winter Weather" map in Weather Defender to keep an eye on winter-time advisories, watches and warnings along with where the snow is on the Winterized Radar layer.