Even while the residents of the Great Plains are trying to dig out from a winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow last week, they were receiving for another icy blast of weather on Monday. The latest winter storm stretched over hundreds of miles, from the Texas Panhandle through Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, to northern Illinois on Tuesday morning.
Amarillo, Texas had received a record-setting 17 inches of snow by Monday afternoon, with wind gusts reported up to 65 miles per hour. Highways and local roads were closed due to icy and whiteout conditions, and road-clearing teams had been sideline due to the danger of clearing icy roads with no visibility. Local “states of emergency” were declared in 56 counties in Kansas on Monday.
Kansas is predicted to get the majority of the remaining snowfall, with expected totals around two feet. The Chicago area is expecting around ten inches of accumulation.