Blizzard Warnings Issued for the US Midwest and the Great Plains

The country's midsection gets hit by massive snowfall, hurricane-force winds

By on February 26th, 2013 09:44 GMT

This past Monday, the United States was hit by yet another snow storm whose force translated into blizzard warnings being issued for the country's Midwest and the Great Plains.

Preliminary reports say that, in the aftermath of this major snowstorm, thousands of people living in Oklahoma and Texas were left without power, and that the latter also experienced hurricane-force winds.

More precisely, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation recently went public with the news that the Amarillo airport was hit by wind gusts whose speed was one of 75 mph (about 120 kph).

“It's just a good day to stay home. This is one of the worst ones we've had for a while. And we kind of know snow up here,” the spokesperson advised people on Monday.

Given the severity of this blizzard, warnings were issued for said states, as well as the southern and eastern regions of Kansas, together with the upper half of Missouri and Illinois.

As explained by Daily Mail, the warnings for Kansas, Missouri and Illinois were issued following predictions that the storm would move north and east starting Tuesday morning.

Two other states, i.e. Arkansas and Louisiana, were also asked by the country's officials to be on the lookout for thunderstorms and even tornadoes.

Because of the massive snowfall, traffic in the regions hit by the blizzard on Monday was pretty much brought to a standstill, the main culprit being whiteout conditions.

It is being said that the blizzard must be held accountable for the death of at least one person, who passed away when his car skidded of the Interstate in Kansas as a result of its hitting an ice patch.

Due to another winter storm which hit the country just last week, it seems that some regions are now facing a shortage of salt and sand supplies.

Despite the country's Midwest and Great Plains receiving this much snow, specialists maintain that the drought is far from being over.

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