Powerful winter storm slams Central Plains, Southwest
Claudia Cowan reports from Kansas City, Kansas
- Duration 4:18
- Date Feb 20, 2013
Claudia Cowan reports from Kansas City, Kansas
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Fox weather alert now and a deadly winter storm to talk about hitting our nation's heartland and check out these images -- the radar now.
More than a dozen states now under watches or warnings and forecasts are saying that.
A foot of snow could fall in some parts in that tornadoes.
Could form in others this is mid February now.
And Oklahoma cops say a young man died when his pick -- truck -- an oncoming traffic and he was hit by a truck.
Meanwhile a bizarre scene here now and Arizona snow forcing PGA officials.
To suspend play the -- your match play championship.
Some of the golfers say they've never seen that happen before a few of them took advantage of starting staff that snowball fight in -- parking lot.
That's Rickie Fowler in the -- there earlier this storm causing huge problems for motorists in California.
Officials responding to multiple collisions and reports of stranded drivers in that state no major injuries but that same system.
Now set to impact some thirty million Americans all the way from Texas to the central plains she's just -- He has his monitoring all of eleven -- -- extreme weather center tonight and where are we expecting the heaviest snow -- -- -- the heaviest is -- -- for.
It finds it's hard to believe there's pictures of this no.
On this a war rose in in Tucson that this is a storm pretty big the beginnings of this storm kind of that first wave has moved across parts of the plains.
The RTC back to six inches across parts of Kansas but the main action is back here across parts of Arizona.
And it might have some live shots -- from Scottsdale Arizona right now.
This is live shots they're -- courtesy KI SAG.
Golf course up -- -- lots of golf courses up there and they've got snow on that I can tell you I'm from Arizona born and raised.
Have never seen snow sticking on the ground in good -- -- which is just north Phoenix.
Very very incredible shots to see this this storm is -- it eject -- towards parts of the plains tonight.
And at a time tomorrow morning comes it's gonna be here right around parts of Colorado.
But very heavy snow falling all day tomorrow across Kansas and Nebraska and parts of Missouri and in towards Iowa I gotta tell yet.
We desperately need moisture here this is a drought monitor you see these dark colors this is the worst drought we have.
And it's right across Nebraska parts of South Dakota and Kansas.
And take a look exactly where the -- -- this -- was gonna fall.
It's that western Kansas western parts of Nebraska and this is nothing but beneficial it's all farmland out there they desperately need it in the short term.
With getting around on the roads.
But not a ton of people out here any -- we can get -- -- I gotta tell you is really great news.
-- almost like mother nature drew that one up especially when that snow -- they get all the rain water and that moisture from that.
But we're also talking about severe weather down south rhetoric yet the exact same storm the flip side of it is the south side of -- the warmer side we're gonna see chance of severe weather tonight.
Across parts of west Texas may be right across a red river not a huge tornado threat tonight it is mostly hail and wind tomorrow a better tornado threat.
Right across southern parts of Louisiana tomorrow and far -- that is absolutely bizarre in the 21 of February tomorrow thank you -- for now -- -- -- she's live in Kansas City, Kansas tonight where they're getting ready for this storm out goes -- Claudia good evening.
A good evening bill I can tell you many bugs are headed out to the hardware store tonight to get snow shovels and bags of ice melt because freezing slush and ice.
Those are expected to be the biggest problems coming as a result of the storm especially on the roadways.
As you mention dangerous conditions have already turned deadly in Oklahoma where it was hard to see and certainly hard to drive.
Snowplows and salt spreader is already hard at work on highways from California into the midwest and plains states.
And at airports from Tucson to Kansas City many of the airlines have started canceling flights.
Later tonight and early tomorrow morning so if you're flying out be sure to call ahead.
Now tomorrow could very well be a snow day for school children.
It will be a day off for state lawmakers in Kansas.
Who've already announced -- no legislative business tomorrow on account of this massive winter storm and in the meantime -- Rick mentioned farmers are praying for more.
Happy to have any precipitation in the midst of this long and severe drought bill.
It's on its way Claudia thank you we'll talk you tomorrow -- calendar -- -- Kansas City.
For us tonight.