A January-like storm will drop south into the southern Rockies and Plains during the last half of the weekend and may result in disruptions to travel and daily activities.
This storm originated over the Pacific Ocean and brought a foot or more of snowfall to the central Rockies. Gusty winds will create areas of blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility in the mountains.
A swath of snow will spread south into northern New Mexico, far southern Kansas, northern Oklahoma and the panhandle of Texas. This snow will make for slippery travel along I-27 and I-40 in the region, including at Amarillo, Texas, and Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The heaviest snow is expected to fall in the higher elevations of New Mexico. Ski resorts that are set to open later in the month will benefit greatly from this snow event.
The initial surge of arctic air plummeted temperatures dramatically across the region as it dove south, as shown below.
RealFeel® temperatures in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma will be 15-25 degrees colder than what is normal for this time of year through the last half of the weekend and into start of the week. Low temperatures in the early morning hours will dip into the teens in many locations.
Latest indications point toward this cold blast quickly releasing its grip on the southern Plains. Temperatures will begin to rebound as soon as Tuesday.
After impacting the southern Plains, the re-energized storm will bring areas of snow, rain or rain changing to snow in from the middle Mississippi Valley to the Northeast that can be followed by a freeze-up and slippery travel in many areas for the first part of the new week.
This story by AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott