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Central U.S. storm complicating weekend travel

Posted at 9:12 AM, Nov 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-28 09:26:13-05

Richmond, Va. -- A strong storm system is located near the southern Plains and will move slowly eastward into Monday and Tuesday.  An influx of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific (which includes the remnants of Hurricane Sandra off of Mexico) is fueling the storm in the central United States.

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Cold air has plunged southward from Canada and reaches into the southern Plains.  Some sections of Texas and Oklahoma have had sub-freezing temperatures.  A large area of freezing rain has prompted an ice storm warning for southeastern New Mexico, northwestern Texas, and central Oklahoma.  Some cities in that warning could pick up a half-inch of ice.

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As the storm marches eastward Sunday into Monday, snow will spread from the Rockies into the Plains.  Heavy rainfall amounts will occur on the southeastern section of the storm system.

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For our local weather, this storm will be in a much weaker state.  We will see some occasional showers Sunday through Wednesday, and rain totals over 1/2" are possible.  A couple of computer models are showing over 1" of rainfall for this period.