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Ice, Flooding Happening Now, Tornadoes Later in Central US

Nasty weather hits the country

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

The above satellite image shows storms moving across the middle of the country. (AccuWeather)

As more than 94 million take to the roads and skies this weekend, a storm has begun to unfold threatening to hinder early Christmas travel.

A heavy glaze of ice has begun to coat trees, power lines in portions of central Oklahoma to central Missouri. The ice storm will spread in to the upper reaches of the Northeast later this weekend.

Thunderstorms are increasing from eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley and are likely to produce tornadoes Saturday afternoon and evening.

Heavier snow will likely develop later Saturday farther north and west of the ice over portions of Kansas, continuing northeastward up into northern Michigan and across central Ontario.

Flooding will occur in areas with and without substantial snow on the ground, centered over the Ohio and lower Mississippi valleys.

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Rain, fog, ice and snow will delay ground travel in the I-35, I-44, I-40, I-70, I-80 and I-90 corridors.

It is highly likely that hundreds of flights will be delayed or cancelled directly or indirectly from the storm nationwide. This will be due to poor visibility, thunderstorms in the vicinity and deicing activities in the storm and aircraft and crews not reaching their destination as scheduled.

UPDATES: (All times are listed in CST)

11:10 a.m. Saturday: Storm total rainfall (Inches) from official reporting sides include: Little Rock, Ark., 4.37; Poplar Bluff, Mo., 3.27; Cairo, Ill., 3.33; and Washington, Ind., 2.48.

10:40 a.m. Saturday: Moderate to major river flooding is forecast for lesser rivers in the Ohio Valley, by the NWS River Forecast Center.

10:10 a.m. Saturday: In the heart of the ice storm, American Electric Power reports that nearly 6,200 are without electricity in Oklahoma, including more than 4,200 in Tulsa, Okla.

9:50 a.m. Saturday: Conditions are becoming more favorable for severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts and a few intense tornadoes from part of northeastern Texas to much of western and central Louisiana to southern Arkansas at this time until this evening.

9:00 a.m. Saturday: MODOT is reporting that multiple secondary roads in southeastern Missouri are experiencing poor drainage area flooding. Some "letter" routes are closed.

9:00 a.m. Saturday: At Chicago O'Hare Airport, according to FlightStats, delays are excessive due. Aircraft from other airports are running behind schedule.

8:40 a.m. Saturday: The temperature is 15 degrees with a visibility of 1/16 of a mile in freezing fog at Denver International Airport. Approximately 600 outgoing flights may delayed due to deicing activities according to FlightStats.

8:40 a.m. Saturday: Travel on I-35 in central Oklahoma is being discouraged by ODOT.

8:34 a.m. Saturday: Public reports up to 1/2 an inch of ice on trees along the Will Rogers Turnpike in northeastern Oklahoma.

8:30 a.m. Saturday: In the heart of the ice storm, American Electric Power reports that nearly 4,700 are without electricity in Oklahoma, including more than 1,700 in Tulsa, Okla.

7:50 a.m. Saturday: Street flooding on the southern side of Carbondale, Ill., with 3.32 inches of rain since midnight, according to NWS spotter.

7:35 a.m. Saturday: Widespread flooding of streets is occurring in Little Rock, Ark. Pulaski County, Ark., has received between 1.5 and 3.5 inches of rain thus far from the storm.

7:30 a.m. Saturday: Storm total rainfall close to 3 inches so far near Vincennes, Ind., according to NWS spotter.

7:00 a.m. Saturday: Little Rock, Ark., has received 2.40 inches of rain thus far from the storm with 2.15 inches falling on Cairo, Ill. With many hours of rain to go, flash flood warnings have been issued from Arkansas to southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

4:05 a.m. Saturday: A NWS employee reported 1/3 of an inch of ice on trees and elevated surfaces around Tulsa, Okla.

3:23 a.m. Saturday: A thin glaze of ice contributed to multiple vehicle accidents in East Wichita, Kan., according to Sedgwick County emergency dispatch.

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lady22kt

Apparently spell check does not correct poor grammer, and also spelling in some cases.

December 22 2013 at 8:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hi bev

Dawn: Maybe you can enlighten us as to how bad you have it when you obviously have a computer you are using. Sell it and get your kids some toys. Telling your child why put up lights because there will be no Christmas sounds like you have a little mental problem going on there. There are plenty of churches that would help you and plenty of organizations unless you do have enough and don't qualify. You sound like a person that wants people to send you money ONE BIG SCAM you are trying to play. I will have a nice Christmas thank you and I am pretty sure you will too if you get enough suckers to send you money.

December 22 2013 at 7:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
HAVE A GREAT DAY

Dawn-
That is a rather dismal sounding life, I am sorry you are in such dire straits. Have you sought help from
local churches or food banks? Where do you live, perhaps some of us can help you.

December 22 2013 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to HAVE A GREAT DAY's comment
Dawn

Thank you, Yes I have done what I can, The Food Bank that we have was comming twice a week,now there comming once a month... The promble is that people got to lie to get what they want and mess it up for the ones that are trying to get threw with the days that follow... I can say that I do work and to keep a roof over our heads and try to keep food on the table...I Live in Coneastoga PA....

December 22 2013 at 2:00 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Dabble-n-Gifts

Have you found a way to help Dawn? I don't really know her situation. It sounds like she is working and makes an income that is all spent on necessities, which leaves her nothing extra for Christmas. It seems in this country, you have to be on welfare or wealthy.

December 22 2013 at 5:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I decided to read some comments on the Christmastime weather from around the country and all I found was some ranting from somebody named Kari and somebody else with a superhero complex. Well at least we know the internet connection is up and running just fine at the nuthouse!

December 22 2013 at 1:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drmaxchartrand

Beautiful here in southern Arizona. Some winters are worse than usual, some summer hotter than usual, nothing unusual about either. It seems every winter has its moments that make us think it's bad out there, but then, lo and behold, spring comes and starts everything over again, new and green and fresh.

December 22 2013 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dawn

It's great to have warm weather in some parts,and cold in other parts of the state.. Whats in portant is the people are safe where ever they might be at home or with family or friends. It's that time of year where people are going to go and be with...My Christmas this year for the third time NO Christmas for my son and I. With out food and no gifts to give... I did'n even put a Christmas tree....my son wanted to put lights up and I told him what for..theres not going to be anything again this year.. Once again nobody wants to help me.. Thats ok people can think of them selfs with food on the table and gifts under the tree and not think about people like some of us doing without....So I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone that thinks of there selfs.... I wish everyone a safe driving trip to where they need to be...

December 22 2013 at 12:52 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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lundbarr

Yes ...butwhat's the sign out for...I didn't sign out'''what theheck is it??

December 22 2013 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lundbarr

We can't do anything to change the climate around the world or US. We're living in the latter days..the bible says in those days the winds and seas will roar..and isn't that exactly what we've got..??? The strangest weather.. ,earthquakes, floods , tornados..in places that have NEVER seen or experienced such happenings......Think about it????

December 22 2013 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
adika3z

heavy weather is coming in america.
dont have to go shopping christmas store.
not worth it.
dont be waste waste foolish budget problem.
keep avoid away from bad heavy debts building up.
first of all -
bills, foods, more clean fresh waters bottles, storage dry foods, extra clothes, full gasolines in vehicles, put 4 chaintires on 4 tires, keep home warm with familys / friends / relatives.
be wise and think twice.

December 22 2013 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sacibee

It is beautiful here in SW Fl. Doors and windows are opened the heated pool is ready for company. Keep the snow.

December 22 2013 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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