Snow Falls in Western Mountains, Reaches Midwest
Heavy snow fell Friday in the mountains of northern Utah and Colorado as a storm swept across the Rockies and into the southern Plains.
Nearly 2 feet of snow fell in about 24 hours at Alta, Utah, east of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains. One to 4 inches accumulated in valleys from southeastern Idaho through central and eastern Wyoming and northern Utah.
A band of locally heavy snow spread across the plains of east-central Colorado, leaving up to 6 inches on the ground at Hereford and New Raymer.
Snow also was scattered through the Intermountain region and the northern and central Plains to the upper Midwest.
Roads iced up in Nebraska a day after record highs of 78 in McCook and 75 in North Platte.
A 13-car pileup on an icy Interstate 180 overpass near downtown Lincoln, Neb., left several people with minor injuries. One driver was hospitalized, Sgt. Jim Davidsaver said.
After a record high of 83 degrees for the date in Oklahoma City, light sleet and snow were falling by evening. High winds and hail hit elsewhere in the state.
``We had our first thunderstorm and then we had sleet behind that,″ said Robin Black, who works at a Bartlesville, Okla., grocery store and had to carry bags for customers in the blustery cold. ``We’ve had a little bit of everything today.″
Locally heavy rain fell in southeastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois as the cold front moved through.
Warmer air was spreading across the Northwest toward the northern Rockies, and freezing rain was possible in western Montana valleys.
A line of heavy thunderstorms formed over northern Missouri and western Illinois, and storms were likely in the lower half of the Mississippi Valley.
High pressure moved off the East Coast, and a band of showers and thunderstorms stretching from the western Gulf Coast into the Mississippi Valley and lower Great Lakes was likely to spread east as well.
Severe thunderstorms were forecast in the south-central states, from southern Missouri and Illinois into northeastern Texas, western Kentucky, Tennessee and the central Gulf Coast.
Light snow was expected to extend through the northern and central Plains and across the Midwest and western Great Lakes.
The early afternoon high in the Lower 48 was 86 at Harlingen and Kingsville, Texas. The low was 6 below zero at Great Falls, Mont.