The Weather Channel was in high demand over the weekend, as people followed the severe storms that left at least 11 people dead in Dallas, Texas. And weather experts fear that the worst of the severe winter weather isn’t over yet.
Citizens of northern Texas faced the brunt of severe weather on Saturday, including several violent tornadoes. The tornado outbreak in Texas left several people dead, homes damaged, and destruction inescapable. The storms came just days after a tornado outbreak in the south that left 18 people dead. Prior to this unexpected bout of bad weather, tornadoes had only killed 10 people in all of 2015.
According to Weather.com, the tornado that hit Garland, Texas on Saturday was classified as an E4, the second strongest rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. This was only the second tornado with an E4 rating to hit Dallas County since 1950.
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of unseasonably warm temperatures and tornadoes, what meteorologists and weather experts have coined as “Winter Storm Goliath” has left parts of the Texas panhandle, as well as parts of Oklahoma and New Mexico completely buried in snow. All in all, the results of this monstrous storm system are blizzards, flash flooding and otherwise life-threatening weather conditions.
CNN reported that Greg Abbott, the Texas Governor, has declared a state of emergency in four Dallas-area counties on Sunday. He urged caution as more extreme weather is expected in Texas, and several other parts of the United States. Blizzard warnings are currently in effect for Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma through Monday.
Meteorologists predict that the severe weather will be moving east and over 20 states including Michigan and Georgia have some type of severe weather warning in place for the coming days. Amidst flooding and freezing rain predictions in Missouri, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has also declared a state of emergency. At least eight people are already dead due to severe rain and flooding in the state.
“Streams turn into rivers, and people sometimes don’t see the road has flooded over when they are driving at night,” advised Pulaski County Sherriff, Ron Long.
Amidst extreme weather concerns across the United States also comes the anticipated impact on air travel. At least 70 Southwest Airlines flights have been canceled as of Sunday, with the majority of affected flights coming to or from the Dallas area.
Where Will Winter Storm Goliath Head Next?
Weather experts predict that this dangerous winter storm will continue to hammer the Southern High Plains before it moves into the Midwest and New England states on Monday and Tuesday. As the storm moves east, it will bring with it heavy snow and sheets of ice. The storm will also be responsible for heavy rainfall and flooding in some areas.
Weather.com reports, “A wintry mix may also develop as far east as western Pennsylvania and southwest New York by afternoon. Chicago may see a wintry mix before changing to rain later Monday.
Monday night, a thin area of snow will spread from western, central and Upstate New York into western New England before dawn.
The snow in much of central and western New York, as well as Pennsylvania will only be brief, changing to sleet and freezing rain overnight as it spreads into northern New Jersey.”
This severe winter weather comes directly after unseasonably warm, record high temperatures on the east coast throughout the month of December and on Christmas day. To call it “extreme weather” would be an understatement.
Wherever you’re located, if you happen to be in the path of this severe storm warning, be sure to travel safe and remain vigilant.
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