Freezing Rain and Severe Weather for the South


On Wednesday, the South will get a double whammy as a storm brings freezing rain from Oklahoma to Kentucky, while at least four states could see severe thunderstorms and winds drive Texas fire. Plus, your 3-day forecast.

South, Ohio Valley to see freezing rain and severe thunderstorms in deep South

On Wednesday, freezing rain will stretch over a large swath of the southern US, affecting portions of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana.

Mixed precipitation will stretch from Oklahoma to Maine.

Farther south, thunderstorms along the Gulf could bring severe thunderstorms to portions of Texas and Louisiana and Arkansas and Mississippi.

Cold temps to bring falling iguanas in Southwest Florida

It’s that time of year when temperatures drop in Southwest Florida – and so do iguanas, NBC-2 reports. Any time temperatures fall below 50 degrees, the warmth-loving reptiles become lethargic. When temperatures dip below 45 degrees, the large lizards can actually fall from trees, becoming dormant until temperatures warm back up. If the cold persists for more than several hours, it can be life-threatening for iguanas. Southeast Florida has a larger population of iguanas than southwestern Florida.

Prescribed fire in Texas spreads beyond boundaries, forces evacuations

CNN reported that a prescribed fire and central Texas “spread beyond the intended fire boundaries,” officials said, forcing some residents to evacuate while crews battled the blaze overnight. As of Tuesday evening, The Rolling Pines Fire in Bastrop County sparked that morning, grew to 500 acres, and was only 10% contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest service. The fire is located roughly 30 miles southeast of Austin. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service had issued red flag alerts in northern Texas but not as far south as Austin.

3-day forecast

Two more winter storms are expected to affect the US through the weekend. Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Wednesday: In the West, snow for portions of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Northwestern Texas. To the east, snow for parts of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts, and the entirety of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

To the South, and freezing rain over Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Thunderstorms for taxes, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and Georgia.

Thursday: In the West, snow for Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, the Dakotas, and Nebraska. To the east, snow for Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

In the South, freezing rain from Texas to Virginia. Thunderstorms for Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and Georgia.

Friday: Snow for the West and upper Midwest for portions of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. There is snow for Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in the southeast.

In the South, freezing rain from Texas to the Carolinas. Thunderstorms over central and southern Florida.