"For residents of southeastern Texas, southern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, this may be the worst winter weather they have ever experienced." CNN meteorologist Derek Fan Dam said.
The Forecast Center said that the winter storm that entered the area on the 14th caused parts of the southern state to issue a winter storm warning "for the first time in ten years."
The winter storm last week brought freezing rain and icy weather to the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. At least nine people were killed in the crash.
The center said that it is expected to snow on the 14th from New Mexico to the Mississippi Valley, and ice from the coast of Texas to the Tennessee Valley.
"The accumulation of ice and snow on the 15th will be impressive, extending all the way from southern Texas..." the forecast center added. "The heavy snow on the 15th will also spread to most of the lower Mississippi River, the Ohio Valley and even the northeast."
According to the center, as much as 16 inches of snow may fall in parts of central Oklahoma by the 12th, with more snowfall in some areas.Eight inches of snow may fall from eastern Texas and the Ohio Valley all the way to the northeast.The center added that from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Tennessee Valley, as much as half an inch of ice may cause severe travel conditions, leading to power outages and damage to trees.
Van Dam said that from the morning of the 14th to the morning of the 16th, it is expected that more than 140 record low temperatures will be broken across the United States.From southern North Dakota to Texas, from western Indiana to Montana, more than 5500 million people are already under wind chill warning.
As the central and southern regions are hit by cold weather and ice and snow, another storm will cover the northwest and northern Rocky Mountains on the 15th.
In addition, a snowstorm has brought more than a year of snow to Seattle.According to data from the National Weather Service in Seattle, the city had about 13 inches of snow on the 8.9th, the 125th most snowfall day in 12 years.
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