REPORTS: Blizzard shuts down travel across Iowa, Nebraska; Severe storms blast southeastern US
By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 04, 2016, 7:39:15 AM EST
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As of 6 a.m. CST, this blog is no longer active. Archived reports from the storm can be found below.
Snow blasted the Upper Midwest on Tuesday and into Wednesday, even producing blizzard conditions at times. The heaviest snow occurred from south-central Nebraska into northwest Iowa with totals over a foot.
Travel across parts of the central U.S. was treacherous as heavy snow and winds made for slippery roads and low visibility. Major highways, including parts of I-70 and I-80 were shut down at times from Colorado to Iowa.
Meanwhile, thunderstorms became severe over the lower Mississippi Valley later Tuesday into Tuesday night. Strong winds and possible tornadoes slammed communities in Alabama, damaging property and cutting power to thousands.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in CST)5:23 a.m. CST Wednesday: More than 14,000 Alabama Power customers are without power, mostly in Birmingham, the utility reports.
4:43 a.m. CST Wednesday: 13.5 inches of snow has fallen in Loup City, Nebraska, a cooperative observer reported.
4:32 a.m. CST Wednesday: Line of storms preparing to move into the Atlanta metro area.
4:25 a.m. CST Wednesday: An apartment complex is being evacuated due to flood waters in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, near the Tennessee state line, Catoosa County Emergency Management Agency reports.4:14 a.m. CST Wednesday: Storm damage reported in Cookeville, Tennessee.
— Matthew Torres (@NC5_MTorres) February 3, 2016
3:47 a.m. CST Wednesday: Numerous roads are flooded in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, according to the county's 911 call center.
3:33 a.m. CST Wednesday: More than 160 flights, mostly at Minneapolis airport, are canceled so far Wednesday, FlightStats reports.
3:23 a.m. CST Wednesday: Thunderstorms with possible damaging winds, flooding rains are moving through Tennessee and Mississippi valleys, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.
3:00 a.m. CST Wednesday: More than 10,000 Alabama Power customers are without power as a result of the storms.
3:09 a.m. CST Wednesday: I-80 near Shelby, and I-35 near Williams, are blocked due to jackknifed tractor-trailers, IowaDOT reports.
Alabama Power outages statewide
Western Division: 4,600
Eastern Division: 690#alwx
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) February 3, 2016
— Alan Baker (@AlanBaker3340) February 3, 2016
2:38 a.m. CST Wednesday: As of 1 a.m. CST Wednesday, Jackson, Mississippi, received 5.14 inches of rain.
2:33 a.m. CST Wednesday: Iowa DOT snow plow works on Iowa Route 376 near Dakota City.
2:20 a.m. CST Wednesday: 8.2 inches of snow has fallen 5 miles north of Earlham, an NWS-trained spotter reported.
1:51 a.m. CST Wednesday: Numerous roads remain closed due to whiteout conditions in southwestern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
1:33 a.m. CST Wednesday: Denver Public Schools are on a 1-hour delay for the second straight day.
1 hr delay for DPS schools on Feb 3. Schools regularly starting at 8:30 am or later will start 1 hour later. More: https://t.co/55vRCTtyZ7
— Denver Public School (@DPSNewsNow) February 3, 2016
— Chris Strickland (@CBStrick) February 3, 2016
1:26 a.m. CST Wednesday:1:07 a.m. CST Wednesday: Disruptive travel conditions continue in northern and western Iowa, according to the Iowa DOT.
1:23 a.m. CST Wednesday: Mason City, Iowa, broke its Feb. 2 snowfall record with 10.0 inches; old record was 6.3 inches, set in 2004.1:03 a.m. CST Wednesday: Tuesday's snowfall in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was a record-breaker for the day.
— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) February 3, 2016
— Connor Sheets (@ConnorASheets) February 3, 2016
— TuscaloosaCountyEMA (@TuscaloosaCoEMA) February 3, 2016
12:33 a.m. CST Wednesday: Alpena, Michigan, broke its Feb. 2 snowfall record with 6.3 inches; old record was 4.3 inches, set in 1930.12:26 a.m. CST Wednesday: Power outages starting around Huntsville, Alabama.
Power outage in NW Madison Co from Wall Triana Hwy to Pulaski Pike and from Carters Gin Rd to Douglass Rd. Crews en-route.
— Huntsville Utilities (@HSVUtilities) February 3, 2016
The MSP Int'l airport reported a storm total of 8.8" as of midnight. #mnwx
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) February 3, 2016
12:07 a.m. CST Wednesday: Flash flooding occurring in Sulligent, Alabama, fire officials reported.
12:02 a.m. CST Wednesday: Line of storms will move into Tuscaloosa, Alabama, within the next 30 minutes, AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.
11:54 p.m. CST Tuesday: Flight delays of more than six-and-a-half hours are reported at Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport, Minneapolis, the FAA said.
11:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: 7.8 inches of snow has fallen at Gile, Wisconsin, an NWS-trained spotter reported.
11:42 p.m. CST Tuesday: Minneapolis police investigate a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident on a snow-covered street late Tuesday afternoon.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) February 3, 2016
11:30 p.m. CST Tuesday: Muskegon, Michigan, broke its Feb. 2 rainfall record with 1.25 inches; old record was 0.57 inches, set in 1968.
11:17 p.m. CST Tuesday: Radar-confirmed tornado on the ground near Reform, Alabama, the National Weather Service at Birmingham said.
10:55 p.m. CST Tuesday First Baptist Church in Collinsville, Mississippi, was severely damaged after a tornado hit the community on Tuesday afternoon.
First Baptist Church Collinsville, Youth Pastor says they'll have church again "God is not confined to a building" pic.twitter.com/vcEcMhGHFm
— Malary Pullen (@MPullen_WJTV) February 3, 2016
10:47 p.m. CST Tuesday: 18.3-inch storm total in Grand Island, Nebraska, is the second-highest two-day snowfall total on record, and 15.7 inches in Hastings, Nebraska, is the fourth-highest two-day total on record.
10:41 p.m. CST Tuesday: Thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located east of Marion, Alabama.
10:38 p.m. CST Tuesday: Road closures continue in south-central Minnesota.
Southcentral Minnesota highway closures to last through the night. https://t.co/c1afnBrjpJ
— MnDOT (@mndotnews) February 3, 2016
Snow Emergency now in effect. From 9 p.m.-8 a.m., no parking on Snow Emergency routes. https://t.co/YWS0Mhd5pu
— Mpls Snow Emergency (@MinneapolisSnow) February 3, 2016
— John Wetter (@johnwetter) February 3, 2016
Initial survey shows that both the high school and middle schools appear to be fine. Damage to both baseball and football facilities.
— WLMiddleSchool (@WLMiddleSchool) February 2, 2016
ECCC will resume normal operations on Wednesday. Students and staff should monitor media and ECCC communications for updates.
— ECCC (@ECCC_MS) February 3, 2016
10:10 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snowy travel on I-35E at Roselawn Avenue, Minneapolis, according to Minnesota DOT webcam.
10:02 p.m. CST Tuesday: About 75 people left homeless in Aliceville, Alabama, after reported tornado, the Alabama Red Cross said.
A shelter has been opened at
Aliceville City Hall
419 Memorial Parkway
Aliceville, AL 35442
Approximately 75 ppl have been displaced #alwx
— Alabama Red Cross (@AlabamaRedCross) February 3, 2016
9:50 p.m. CST Tuesday: Snowy conditions on U.S. Route 31 at Charlevoix, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, according to Michigan DOT webcam.
9:47 p.m. CST Tuesday: Poor visibility in Aurora, Nebraska, emergency management reported.
— Hamilton Co EMA (@HCEMAne) February 3, 2016
Due to drifting and white out conditions, snowplow operations have ceased near Le Mars, Ashton & Rock Valley. Will resume @ 4:45 a.m. Wed.
— Iowa DOT (@iowadot) February 3, 2016
9:34 p.m. CST Tuesday: The GOES-East satellite captured the storm front that brought a tornado near Carrolton, Alabama, late Tuesday afternoon.
9:23 p.m. CST Tuesday: Tornado near Beaverton, Alabama, according to Lamar County emergency management.
— Frank Strait (@AccuFrank) February 3, 2016
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) February 3, 2016
8:22 p.m. CST Tuesday: Storm chaser Mike Scantlin captured footage of a massive wedge tornado near McMullen, Alabama, earlier today.
7:59 p.m. CST Tuesday: Significant damage reported in the town of Aliceville, Alabama.
7:38 p.m. CST Tuesday: Flash flooding reported in Philadelphia, Mississippi:
7:16 p.m. CST Tuesday: Some roads remain snow covered in Kansas, while others are beginning to reopen:
I-70 opening back up across all of Kansas at 7pm
Troopers have cleared from 244 exit area
GO SLOW !!
Please GO SLOW#KSWX
— Trooper Ben (@TrooperBenKHP) February 3, 2016
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) February 3, 2016
6:47 p.m. CST Tuesday:There are over 760 flights canceled in the U.S. and nearly 3,500 delayed, according to FlightStats. At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, nearly 270 flights have been canceled.
6:23 p.m. CST Tuesday: So far today, there have been seven reports of tornadoes according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.
6:18 p.m. CST Tuesday: An emergency manager reports damage to a roof of a house and store along Highway 145 on the north side of Shuqualak, Mississippi.
6:12 p.m. CST Tuesday: A look at the road conditions across Wisconsin as snow continues to move through the Upper Midwest:
5:54 p.m. CST Tuesday: The baseball field at East Mississippi was also damaged as a result of the severe storms.
5:33 p.m. CST Tuesday: Damage was reported in Collinsville, Mississippi, around 3:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
Collinsville ms.hit by a tornado.3:30 pm. pic.twitter.com/2wzODAWCye
— pedro (@kristophiry) February 2, 2016
5:25 p.m. CST Tuesday: Through 4:30 p.m. local time, there were 287 crashes and 28 injuries in Minnesota today.
#MSPNumbers STATEWIDE 6am-4:30 pm 287 crashes (28 inj, 2 serious) 221 VSO/VORs.
— Lt. Tiffani Nielson (@MSPPIO) February 2, 2016
5:11 p.m. CST Tuesday:This photo indicates a tornado on the ground near Dancy, Alabama, earlier this evening.
4:56 p.m. CST Tuesday: A confirmed tornado on the ground near Carrollton, Alabama. A tornado emergency has been declared.
4:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: Possible tornado damage reported at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Mississippi.
— Drew Bernd (@dbernd15) February 2, 2016
Snowdrifts are at least knee deep near Pierce, NE in northeast Nebraska. #newx
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) February 2, 2016
4:28 p.m. CST Tuesday: Thick storm clouds near the NWS office in Memphis:
4:26 p.m. CST Tuesday: The snow is causing travel delays throughout southeast South Dakota.
Major travel problems in southeast SD including I 29 closed from Tea SD to Sioux City. pic.twitter.com/U0xyIvIwu4
— NWS Sioux Falls (@NWSSiouxFalls) February 2, 2016
4:19 p.m. CST Tuesday: A confirmed tornado was on the ground 5 miles northwest of Electric Mills, Mississippi, an NWS trained spotter reports.
4:04 p.m. CST Tuesday: Limited visibility in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Visibility at Grand Island Airport has been at 1/4 to 1/2 mile or less for past 12 hours. High Wind + Heavy Snow=#Blizzard
— NWS Hastings (@NWSHastings) February 2, 2016
3:45 p.m. CST Tuesday: Emergency manager reports tornado damage in the town of Collinsville, Mississippi. First Baptist Church, located in town, was heavily damaged. There were also reports of barns damaged and trees down across roads.3:39 p.m. CST Tuesday: Whiteout conditions reported in Hays, Kansas.
— Tod Hileman (@TrooperTodKHP) February 2, 2016
3:21 p.m. CST Tuesday: The Nebraska Department of Roads had to pull snowplows off of the state highways in District Three due to extremely low visibility. Blowing and drifting snow is making the roads impassable. For an update on the highways across the state, click here.
— NEStatePatrol (@NEStatePatrol) February 2, 2016
3:03 p.m. CST Tuesday: A car was buried in snow in Boone County, Iowa, earlier this afternoon.
2:09 p.m. CST Tuesday: Reed Timmer is broadcasting live from North Sioux City, South Dakota.
2:00 p.m. CST Tuesday: A look at some of the highest snowfall totals by state:
Top snow amounts by state at 2 p.m. CST
1:41 p.m. CST Tuesday: Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel in much of northern Iowa.
No travel advised along and north of Highway 20. pic.twitter.com/X7T1VGv94v
— NWS Quad Cities (@NWSQuadCities) February 2, 2016
NO TRAVEL ADVISED in most southern MN counties - report from Mankato & Windom. Closures anticipated.
— MnDOT District 7 (@mndotscentral) February 2, 2016
12:26 p.m. CST Tuesday: Heavy snow has moved into the southern Twin Cities area in Minnesota:
Heavy snow has moved into the southern Twin Cities metro area. Here is a photo from I-35 in Lakeville at 12:06 PM: pic.twitter.com/lhOJUULexX
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) February 2, 2016
12:17 p.m. CST Tuesday: Storms will continue to intensify east of the Mississippi River today, potentially bringing a tornado, AccuWeather Meteorologist Logan Poole said.
"A band of strong-to-severe storms will develop in south-central Mississippi early this afternoon and progress northward through the evening," he said. "The storms will be isolated in nature and pose an enhanced risk of producing tornadoes."
12:14 p.m. CST Tuesday: University of West Alabama will close at 2 p.m. CST in advance of severe weather.
11:56 a.m. CST Tuesday: Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno has the latest on the blizzard and the impending severe storms:
11:52 a.m. CST Tuedsday: Inbound flights to Denver International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are facing more than 60-minute delays due to snow and ice, the FAA reports.
10:50 a.m. CST Tuesday: Nearly 7,000 Alliant Energy customers are without power in eastern Iowa, the utility reports.
10:48 a.m. CST Tuesday: More than 120 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport so far amid wintry weather, according to FlightStats.
10:33 a.m. CST Tuesday: Conditions are becoming increasingly hazardous across parts of Iowa as snow falls:
— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) Feb. 2, 2016
10:16 a.m. CST Tuesday: Emergency management in Emmet County, Iowa, reports visibility is less than a quarter of a mile due to strong winds and heavy snow. Travel is not advised in the county, they said.
10:08 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snow continues to pile up in Lincoln, Nebraska:
10:04 a.m. CST Tuesday: Snow is blanketing Ogallala, Nebraska:
For archived storm reports, click here.
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