A storm moving across the central United States late-week brought both severe and winter weather to several states.
In northeastern Nebraska and northwestern Iowa on Friday, severe storms spawned dangerous tornadoes. 15 were injured, the Associated Press reported.
On Saturday, the National Weather Service Omaha office reported that the damage survey team in Wayne found a some spots in an industrial park that suggested an EF-4 tornado had touched down. Mostly, however, the damage was rated EF-2 and EF-3, they said.
On Friday and Saturday, several feet of snow fell across Wyoming and South Dakota, bringing blizzard conditions to the region.
Numerous roadways were closed and thousands were without power. As much as 44 inches fell northwest of Rapid City in Lead, S.D., a National Weather Service observer reported.
— Pilker76 (@Pilker76) October 5, 2013
RAPID CITY, SD FALL STORM OF 2013. This storm includes 4 foot drifts, 3 feet of snow, powers outages, RC closed. pic.twitter.com/IwA3XStSau
— Danielle (@DanielleShuster) October 5, 2013
Snow bringing down trees in Casper, WY (facebook photo from Dixie McMechan) pic.twitter.com/TT8Zp0PKNP
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— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) October 5, 2013
This is the Wayne softball complex after the tornado hit tonight. pic.twitter.com/GScEBJyFlT
— Chuck Hughes (@ChuckHughes23) October 4, 2013
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Heavy snow and blizzard conditions will continue to snarl travel and disrupt daily routines across the midwestern United States through Monday.
With rain set to dramatically lessen before reaching Southern California later this week, the threat of additional mudslides will remain low.
The first round of severe weather in 2018 for the south-central United States is expected to ignite from eastern Texas to southern Missouri as this weekend comes to a close.
At least five people were killed when an avalanche struck a group of Turkish soldiers conducting military operations in southeastern Turkey on Sunday.
A storm will track and strengthen from the Rockies to the Upper Midwest of the United States and produce a swath of heavy snow and gusty winds on its northwestern flank.
The same storm set to spread travel-disrupting snow across the central United States will prevent the January thaw from lasting past midweek in the midwestern and northeastern United States.
On the heels of damaging windstorm Friederike, another winter storm will target Germany into early this week and further disrupt travel and cleanup operations.