The major winter storm continues to unfold over the southern Plains and will move into the Ozarks tonight then into across the Tennessee Valley by Friday night. Power failures are widespread between Norman and Ardmore, OK through southwest Oklahoma into western Texas. We have received reports of hundreds of power poles brought down by the ice. The OKC airport is closed.
Over the northern half of the Texas Panhandle, snow amounts of 5 to 9 inches have been reported with as much as 6-8 inches of additional snow likely to fall. With winds gusting to 40 mph, there are drifts reported to 2.5 feet.
To the south, a line of thunderstorms is currently moving through Dallas-Ft. Worth causing flight delays and strong winds. Wind damage was reported west and southwest of Ft. Worth earlier this afternoon.
The ice storm will move across the northern half of Arkansas into western Tennessee tomorrow with heavy snow across southern Kansas and southern Missouri. AccuWeather is providing special coverage on its main web site and blogs. Check it out!