Parts of the South were already without power Wednesday morning as severe weather tore through the region, as travel may be impacted by widespread southeastern thunderstorms and expansive snow over the West.
As Americans prepare to travel on the busiest travel day of the year, the day before Thanksgiving, Mother Nature isn’t exactly playing nice when it comes to the weather.
Driving conditions are going to be rough to hazardous for many areas in the US on Wednesday and you may just want to do a search for your area auto accident attorney before you hit the road, as well as prepare an emergency kit with food, water, blankets, and a flashlight. For those traveling by air in the Southeast, Northwest, and Western Rockies expect delays of a minimum of one hour.
The eastern half of the US will see widespread thunderstorms and rain, with potential severe weather in the southeast, and mixed precipitation and snow in the extreme northeast.
To the west, snow across the Northwest, Northern Rockies, and down toward the Southwest.
Thunderstorms and rain will be widespread over the eastern half of the US on Wednesday, threatening severe weather over a large stretch of the southeast.
Storms across the central US and South left thousands without power on Wednesday morning, and as of this writing, there were 8680 outages in Texas, 6937 in Louisiana, and 5515 in Arkansas, according to poweroutage.us.
Severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings were triggered over Texas as wind gusts reached 60 mph through parts of Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, according to the National Weather Service, CNN reported.
The Arlington Fire Department reported that at least seven buildings were confirmed as collapsing due to the storm. The collapses prompted rescues by first responders.
The areas with the greatest potential for severe weather are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, northwestern Georgia, Tennessee, central and western Kentucky, southern Illinois, southern and central Indiana, and southwestern Ohio.
The threat is for the Mississippi River Valley and the Tennessee Valley, which includes large hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes.
In the West, a significant stretch of snow and cold weather, even down into parts of the Southwest where temperatures will be cool and below normal.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for northwestern, southeastern, and central Washington; west-central and northwestern Oregon; northern and central Idaho; western Montana.
Snow is forecasted by the NWS for central and eastern Washington; most of Oregon; throughout Idaho; western and southern Montana; western, north-central and south-central Wyoming; north-central and northeastern California, through the Sierra; western, central and the northern half of Nevada; northern, west-central, western and northeastern Utah; northwestern Colorado.