|Surface map at 6:00 a.m. February 10.|
The snowstorm in the Central Plains shut down road travel in much of eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota as the heavy snow was whipped around by 30 to 40 mph winds. High winds in the wake of the storm caused blowing snow that kept some roads closed through this morning, including parts of Interstate 94. Some of the two-day snowfall amounts reported by CoCoRaHS observers include:
AMOUNT STATION LOCATION
18.3 SD-DY-9 Webster 8.6 NW
17.5 MN-OT-6 Pelican Rapids 6.3 NNW
17.0 MN-OT-3 Battle Lake 2S
13.6 SD-CD-5 Watertown 7.5 NNE
12.5 ND-CS-32 Durbin 5.4 WNW
12.1 ND-RC-8 Abercrombie 0.2 NW
12.0 SD-DG-2 Armour 4.6 W
Severe storms rolled through western Mississippi during Sunday morning. As the cold front began to stall later in the day, supercell thunderstorms developed in the warm, unstable air east of the cold front aided by strong wind shear. The first tornado touched down in Lawrence County, MS shortly before 4:00 p.m. This tornado lifted after moving through Marion and Lamar Counties. Soon after, however, this same parent thunderstorm spawned the tornado that moved through Hattiesburg. This EF4 tornado caused major damage in Hattiesburg. There were a total of 87 people injured from these storms, but fortunately there were no fatalities.For the latest updates on this severe weather, including maps, radar images, and damage information visit the NWS Jackson, MS web page.
In addition to the tornadoes, the thunderstorms also produced heavy rain and flash flooding from Mississippi into Alabama. CoCoRaHS observers reported 5 to 6 inches of rain in the Hattiesburg area. CoCoRaHS observers in Wayne County, MS reported 6 to 7.5 inches of rain, with MS-WY-2 recording a 24-hour total of 7.50 inches and the observer at MS-WY-1 reporting 6.34 inches.
|Precipitation map from the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service|