Winter storm brings snow, ice to Southern Plains states

Winter storm brings snow, ice to Southern Plains states
Commuters travel in snow and a wintry mix on I-244 Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Tulsa, Okla. A powerful winter storm dropped snow throughout parts of Texas and Oklahoma early Wednesday. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — A powerful winter storm dropped snow throughout parts of Texas and Oklahoma early Wednesday and brought the risk of ice to northwest Arkansas.

Winter storm warnings were in effect Wednesday from eastern New Mexico to the St. Louis metropolitan area, the National Weather Service.

Northwestern Texas could see 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of snow, while 3 to 5 inches (7.5 to 12.5 centimeters) of snow was expected in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas, forecasters said.

In Arkansas, forecasters said up to a quarter-inch of ice and 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5 centimeters) of snow were possible in the northwest part of the state. The remainder of the state was expected to get heavy rain on Wednesday.

Further north, snow was predicted in the Kansas City area, where hundreds of thousands of people were expected to attend a parade marking the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win.

Snow also was expected to extend into Illinois, Michigan and other parts of the Midwest on Wednesday and Thursday before reaching the Northeast by Friday, the weather service said.