Holiday Travel Hampered Due to Severe Storms and Heavy Snowfall

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It’s a clash of air masses on the gridiron of the U.S. today as a major snowstorm impacts the Rockies and severe weather threatens the Deep South.

A quick-moving storm system will continue to bring snowfall to the central and southern Rocky Mountain states today and tomorrow.  Snowfall will come to an end from north to south through the day today and into Friday. As colder air pushes southward, initial snow/freeze levels of 5,000 feet in New Mexico will plunge to valley floors. Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories from the National Weather Service are in effect from central Colorado to the Mexican border. Some areas in Colorado may see two feet of snowfall where upslope conditions will enhance snowfall on east- and northeast-facing slopes. Rain this evening in El Paso will change over to snow later tonight with up to two inches possible by later tomorrow morning.

Two major systems are on the board today. Click for larger image. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps.

Heavy snow is expected across areas of the Four-Corners States. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps

In the southern states, showers and thunderstorms are pushing across the lower Mississippi Valley and into the Southeast U.S. this afternoon as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico interacts with an approaching cold front.  Strong-to-severe thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon with weakening finally expected during the evening hours. Flash flooding will be a concern across many areas of Tennessee and Alabama. As of this writing, Tornado Warnings are in effect for central Alabama, while Tornado Watches continue through 5 PM CST.

Heavy rain with severe thunderstorms, even isolated tornadoes are possible across the Deep South. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps

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