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    Southern Plains Snow, South Rain and Storms

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist.
    February 14, 2013, 5:22:34 AM EST

    This live blog was ended and last updated on February 12, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. CST.


    A storm rolling out from the Southwest is producing heavy snow on its northwestern flank and continues to send heavy rain and locally gusty thunderstorms across the South.

    The system will spread accumulating snow across part of the Mississippi and Ohio valleys, as well as the central Appalachians and part of the mid-Atlantic through the middle of the week.

    Snow was falling over the Texas Panhandle, as well as northern and western Oklahoma, part of New Mexico and southern Kansas Tuesday. The snow will take aim at southern Missouri and northern Arkansas Tuesday evening.


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    Meanwhile, some areas in the South from eastern Texas to northern Florida and Georgia, that have received up to half a foot of rain earlier in the week, will receive another several inches of rain through Wednesday. The rainfall will continue the risk of flooding.

    Embedded in the rain and in the warm air farther south, locally severe thunderstorms will bring the risk of damaging wind gusts, hail and perhaps a couple of isolated tornadoes.

    There is the risk of torrential downpours and gusty thunderstorms this evening in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.


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    UPDATES:


    1:30 p.m. CST Tuesday:Flash flooding was occurring in the Flowood, Miss. area.

    12:45 p.m. CST Tuesday:Hail, three-quarters of an inch in diameter, has been reported in western Mississippi.

    12:30 p.m. CST Tuesday: Preliminary snow totals through 11am for Texas:
    Silverton, three and a half inches
    Memphis, three inches
    Dimmitt, two and a half inches
    Turkey, two and a half inches
    Plainview, two and a half inches
    Northfield, two inches
    Flomot, two inches

    12:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: "For western Oklahoma, this storm is bringing a month's worth of precipitation in one storm," AccuWeather meteorologist Dale Mohler said. "It's improving the amount of moisture in the top soil. It will help the winter wheat since it has been very dry."

    11:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: There have been widespread reports of 1-2 inches of snow in Oklahoma, with a report of 4 inches of snow near Vinson, in Harmon County. There have been 5 inches of snow in Goodwell and Dumas, Texas, with 6 inches in Fritch, Hutchinson County, and 7 inches in Sunday Canyon in Randall County.

    10:30 a.m. CST Tuesday:


    10:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snow was now falling in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    10:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: 4 inches of rain has fallen on Tallulah, La., over the past several days.

    9:41 a.m. CST Tuesday: 2.7 inches of snow has fallen on Sunspot, N.M.

    9:17 a.m. CST Tuesday: 2 inches of snow in Magnum and 3 inches of snow in Custer, Okla.

    8:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: Rain, freezing rain and snow was occurring in some of the northern and western suburbs of Oklahoma City, Okla.

    8:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: 6.40 inches of rain has fallen on Hattiesburg, Miss., during the past 72 hours.

    8:00 a.m. CST Tuesday: 0.75-of-an-inch diameter hail fell on Haynesville, La.

    7:40 a.m. CST Tuesday: Between 6 and 7 inches of snow has accumulated on Highway 807 near Dalhart, Texas.

    7:25 a.m. CST Tuesday: 2 inches of snow has fallen on Guymon, Okla.

    7:12 a.m. CST Tuesday: 7 inches of snow has fallen on Stratford, Texas. Snow was still falling.

    6:59 a.m. CST Tuesday: Dalhart, Texas, has received 6.5 inches of snow, of which the water content was 0.40 of an inch.

    6:28 a.m. CST Tuesday: 0.75-of-an-inch diameter hail fell near Longview, Texas.

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