Snow and Ice Storms in the West, Tornadoes Wreak Destruction in the South

A car overturned on the side of the road due to tornado damage

A wide band of snow showers will affect at least seven states today, while several states will see ice storms, and people in the south are picking up in the aftermath of destructive tornadoes; plus more of today’s weather news and forecast.

Snow in the west and upper midwest

At least seven states will see snowfall today as a wide blanket of snow will spread across the west and upper midwest. Snow is forecast for eastern Oregon, northern Nevada, and Utah, all of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, and the western portion of North Dakota. However, snow is possible in portions of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado.

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory of heavy snowfall over central, northern and eastern Wyoming, western and northeastern Montana, and northwestern North Dakota.

A wintry mix, freezing rain in portions of west, northeast, and the Appalachians

Mixed precipitation is forecast for portions of the west, upper Midwest, Appalachians, and northeast.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning for freezing rain for the eastern half and north-central North Dakota, northern and central South Dakota, and northern Maine.

In the west and upper Midwest, a wintry mix is forecast for all of Washington, most of Oregon, northern Idaho, much of Utah, Western Colorado, southern and eastern Wyoming, all of the Dakotas, the western half of Nebraska, and northern Minnesota.

To the east, a wintry mix is forecast over the Appalachians and portions of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, as well as the western portion of Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

In the northeast, makes precipitation is forecast for northern Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as all of Maine.

Tornadoes wreak destruction in the deep south

Several confirmed tornadoes touched down in portions of Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida on Tuesday. At least 56,000 people were left without power in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

About a dozen homes were damaged in Eufaula, Alabama.

In Quitman County, Georgia, several homes were damaged along with downed trees and power lines.

At least one home was destroyed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Multiple damage reports were coming from Lucedale, Mississippi.

In parts of Northeast Florida, the severe storm took uprooted trees and cause damage to cars and homes. In Suwanee County, Florida several chicken houses and at least one residence was destroyed.

Out west, in a rare event, a small tornado touched down just north of Richland, Washington on Tuesday according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 59, Los Angeles 76, Reno 55, Las Vegas 82, Salt Lake City 54, Denver 69.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 50, Portland 51, Boise 40, Billings 27, Bismarck 31, Rapid City 50.

Southwest: Phoenix 86, Albuquerque 73, El Paso 83, San Antonio 80, Brownsville 84.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 76, Dallas 73, Oklahoma City 71, Kansas City 72, Minneapolis 55.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 46, St. Louis 61, Detroit 49, Cincinnati 54.

South: Houston 76, New Orleans 76, Memphis 66, Atlanta 60, Charlotte 61, Jacksonville 74, Tampa 76, Miami 87.

East: Norfolk 54, Washington 57, Buffalo 49, York 56, Boston 44, Bangor 38.