Thursday, January 31, 2013

Severe Weather from Texas to Pennsylvania

Over the last two days a strong low pressure system and vigorous cold front generated a smorgasbord of inclement weather across the central and eastern U.S., snow.

Loop of surface weather from 10:00 p.m. January 28 to 7:00 a.m. EST January 31.

This system generated the first widespread severe weather outbreak of the new year.  Severe thunderstorms occurred from Texas to Pennsylvania and through the Deep South.

Storm reports for January 29 (left) and January 30 (right).
Tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. One person was killed and 14 were injured in Adairsville, Georgia when a tornado struck causing major damage. Eight people were injured near Calhoun, Georgia. Survey teams from the National Weather Service have been deployed to assess the damage and some information will be available later today. Visit the NWS Peachtree City (Atlanta) web site for the latest updates.

Heavy rain and snow melt earlier this week resulted sharp rises and ice break up on rivers and streams in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana have resulted in localized flooding. Flooding is likely to continue to be a threat through this weekend.

In the wake of this system, the rain changed to snow and a swath of 4 to 8  snow fell from Nebraska northeast through Wisconsin yesterday.

Although this powerful weather system has moved offshore, lake-effect snow and snow showers will continue today in the eastern U.S.

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