Published February 24, 2013
Communities from the Texas panhandle to Missouri are bracing for an immobilizing blizzard to kickoff the workweek on Monday.
Evolving from the snowstorm delivering a fresh 6-10 inches to Denver to close out the weekend, the blizzard will take shape from the Texas panhandle to southwestern Kansas tonight.
The blizzard will then spread to central Kansas and places north and west of Oklahoma City on Monday before unleashing its fury on eastern Kansas, western Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma Monday night.
The communities in the blizzard's path include Amarillo, Texas, Gage, Enid and Tulsa, Okla., Wichita, Chanute and Dodge City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.
Windswept snow will develop in Oklahoma City later Monday with the all-out blizzard conditions expected not far to the city's north and west.
During the height of the storm, snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour will first develop in Gage, Okla., on Monday before slamming Wichita, Kan., and Enid, Okla., Monday afternoon and evening, then Chanute, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., late Monday night.
Residents should also not be surprised to hear thunder or see lightning when the blizzard is unleashing the worst of its fury.
Those rates will push snowfall totals toward or past a foot, clogging streets and interstates. Wind gusts between 35 and 50 mph severely blowing and drifting the snow around will create dangerously low visibility and are sure to bring travel to a standstill.
Motorists should prepare for lengthy road closures, including on Interstates 35, 40, 44 and 70, with flight cancellations and severe disruptions to daily routines a high probability.
"This blizzard is following a storm which just dumped a whopping 14.2 inches of snow on Wichita and 11.0 inches on Kansas City," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards.
While creating nightmares for travelers and residents, the previous snowstorm and impending blizzard are not entirely bad news.
"The snow will slowly melt and seep into the ground in the coming days and weeks," according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, providing much-needed moisture to the drought-stricken region.