This year’s weather broke records in storm and wind intensity, damages, life losses and overall safety risk all across the world. Over the past six months, the United States has been rampaged by heavy storms that took lives, and the bad news is there’s more to come. Recent forecasts predict a life-threatening storm will hit the Southwest.
If you live anywhere from New Mexico to the high plains of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Kansas, you should be preparing to withstand a “dangerous” winter storm. Or, at least this is what forecasters with weather.com reported on Monday.
Meteorologist Tim Ballisty wrote early Monday: “Ingredients include heavy snow, high winds, falling temps and biting wind chills. Suffice to say, this is a dangerous and life-threatening storm for those stuck outside in the elements”.
The National Weather Service says heavy snow, high winds and falling temperatures are going to hit the central and southern Plains as the winter storm moves east tonight. Reuters says the storm is expected to produce up to 16 inches of snow in the some areas with wind gusting up to 50 mph.
Kerry Jones, weather service forecaster in Albuquerque, N.M., said: “Those are tremendous amounts of snow. Add to that the fact that that snow is going to be blowing, and you’re going to have winds easily in the 40 mph range if not higher”.
Jones estimates there’s a better than 90 percent chance that Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico and northwest Texas will be closed due to low visibility and blowing snow by late Monday afternoon. Same goes for Interstate 25 from New Mexico into southern Colorado.
Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said on Accuweather.com: “As snow spills out over the southern High Plains Sunday night and Monday, snow is likely to fall and accumulate in part of I-40 stretching across the northern Texas Panhandle and Route 54”.
Paul Braun, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Transportation, said: “If you’re going to travel Monday night and Tuesday, I would really, really, seriously, strongly advise against it. Once you get home Monday night, stay home”.
With the weather warning on mind, you’d better stay home and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends, than risk to be stranded on an icy highway.