Rocky Roads: Second Blizzard Hits the Midwest

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Winter storms bring much-needed moisture to soil and reservoirs. Photo: edudblog / CC by 2.0

Winter storms bring much-needed moisture to soil and reservoirs. Photo: edudblog / CC by 2.0

The snow, it is falling. Again.

Winter is definitely not over yet in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The second blizzard in a week is crossing the Midwest, and it’s expected to continue on through Monday and into Tuesday morning, dumping another foot or more of snow.

An intense low pressure system has allowed cold air to move quickly into the region, creating the perfect conditions for a windy winter storm the Weather Channel has named “Rocky.”

Rocky: Wind and Snow Combining to Form a Midwest Blizzard

While the amount of snow is not necessarily a problem, the combination of wind and snow has created extremely poor visibility. Conditions on the roads are poor, with visibility limited to a hundred feet or less, and due to the windy conditions, snow is massing into larger drifts. In the Oklahoma Panhandle and areas close to the Kansas border, roads have been closed due to slick conditions and poor visibility.

Winter Storms: Clearing Roads Could be a Challenge

Late in the week of February 18th, many of the same areas received over a foot of snow, and a foot or more is expected again.  With sand and salt supplies low due to last week’s storm, authorities won’t start working on the roads intensively until the snow stops falling. This means that it could be midday Tuesday before the roads are passable again. Highways in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles have been closed.

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