- It was predicted that heavy snow would spread across the Central Plains, Mississippi Valley, and Lower Great Lakes.
- AccuWeather meteorologists predict travel-halting snowfall in at least 18 states.
- Ongoing warmth could lead to hundreds of record high temperatures across the southeastern U.S.
Tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather are expected on Saturday night to continue plaguing parts of the South caught between a winter storm to the northwest and balmy weather to the southeast.
The first day of 2022 has become part of a recent rash of wild weather, including devastating tornadoes across multiple states, The wildfire was sparked by the torrential rains of Southern California, and the gusting winds from Colorado.
National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Mullinax stated that the weather would make 2022 a difficult year, citing severe storms and flash flooding as well as travel-disruptive snowfall and bitterly cold winds.
In the South on New Year’s Day, another round of severe storms plagued the region, where scores of people were killed in tornadoes last month.
Kentucky Governor. Andy Beshear again declared a state of emergency Saturday due to heavy rain, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and strong winds that impacted the western, eastern and south central parts of the state. A statement by the governor said that flash flooding and loss of power caused damage to private properties and infrastructure.
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A tornado touched down in Hopkinsville and caused “severe damage” to downtown businesses, the statement said. Taylor County was the site of a possible tornado landing. “Numerous” homes were damaged. In Columbia, Kentucky, flash flooding led to water rescues Saturday, WBKO-TV reported.
“It is tragic that we’re experiencing yet again severe weather, just weeks after our deadly tornadoes in Western Kentucky. “Sadly, both these events have affected some counties,” Beshear stated in the statement.
In northern Georgia, a tornado struck Newton County on Friday evening, downing power lines, overturning vehicles and uprooting trees, according to the National Weather Service in Atlanta. According to Covington News, the tornado caused minor damage to a school building.
According to a Weather Prediction Center forecast, flash flooding and tornadoes could be dangerously severe in parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley, Tennessee, and Ohio Valleys. Birmingham and Atlanta are the cities most at-risk for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms Saturday evening.
“The main window for damaging wind gusts, a few brief tornadoes, and hail is OVERNIGHT,” the National Weather Service in Atlanta Tweet. You can receive alerts from multiple sources tonight, so make sure you’re awake if there are warnings.
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The severe weather in the South comes as winter storm warnings were in place for parts of nine states from the Four Corners region to the central Plains, and travel-halting snowfall was possible in at least 18 states, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski reported
In Chicago, 800 flights were canceled Saturday at O’Hare Airport and more than 250 at Midway Airport due to the wintry weather, along with coronavirus-related staffing shortages.
Snow was forecast to fall from the Central Plains into the Mississippi Valley, Lower Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley. A Weather Prediction Center forecast indicated that snow could reach as high as a foot from the northeast Kansas area to the Chicago Metro. From eastern Kansas to central and northern Missouri, and west central Illinois, it was possible for snow and freezing rain.
It was predicted that the cold will continue in the north-central U.S. where the wind chill readings could drop as low as 50 below zero over the coming days. The National Weather Service of Montana warns that frostbite could occur on any exposed skin within 10 minutes due to the dangerously low wind chills.
At the same time, unusual warmth could lead to hundreds of record-high temperatures across the southeastern U.S., the Weather Service said. Record highs were forecast Saturday from south and eastern Texas and across much of the Gulf Coast, the Southeast and Florida — and from Florida into the mid-Atlantic on Sunday. Expect temperatures to rise into the 70s and 80s in spring.
After storms in southern California left behind heavy rains on Thursday, the first weekend of weather for 2022 arrives. Downtown Los Angeles received record-breaking Dec. 30, rainfall totals with 2.57inches, surpassing the 1936 daily record. According to the National Weather Service, this is the best forecast for the year.
Traffic was slowed by snow and ice Thursday along Interstate 5 north from Los Angeles. Additionally, mudslides caused many road problems. The flooding of a campsite near a beach in the state led to 22 lives being saved by firefighters and lifeguards.
Extreme winds from Colorado caused wildfires to rage that decimated hundreds of homes. Snow helped firefighting efforts Friday but was complicating recovery efforts Saturday, when the town of Superior shut off water in the burn areas to prevent pipes from freezing.
Contributing to The Associated Press