Trouble for the next three days
In all, about 800,000 square miles in 18 states were under some form of watch or warning Wednesday related to a major storm pouring out of California and into the Central Plains and the Midwest, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
About 30 million people live in the covered areas, he said.
One of the places that could be hit the hardest is Springfield, Missouri. Among the hazards expected there Wednesday: lightning, wind and ice, with a little snow and sleet thrown on top for good measure.
Winter Storm Q’s hurled hail, snow, and freezing rain from the Southwest into the Southern Plains Wednesday night, and conditions are only expected to get worse by sunrise Thursday.
This latest powerful winter storm could deliver at least a foot of snow to parts of the nation’s heartland. Here’s a state-by-state breakdown on preparations for this massive winter storm.
Severe T-storms, Tornados in Deep South
Severe thunderstorms, with damaging straight-line winds, large hail, and possibly a few tornadoes, are possible through Thursday night in the Lower Mississippi Valley and western Gulf Coast, including parts of east Texas, much of Louisiana and central/southern Mississippi, in association with Winter Storm Q.
Major snowstorm lashes Great Plains, heads east
U.S. Severe Alerts Map