A life-threatening and dangerous winter storm is expected to hammer New Mexico and the High Plains areas of far northeast Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas until Tuesday, weather.com reported on Monday.
Ingredients include heavy snow, high winds, falling temps and biting wind chills, wrote weather.com meteorologist Tim Ballisty early Monday. Suffice to say, this is a dangerous and life-threatening storm for those stuck outside in the elements.
Blizzard conditions prompting a blizzard watch were likely for eastern New Mexico through the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, Kansas and southeastern Colorado, with snow and winds dying out by midday Tuesday, Ballisty added.
The Huffington Post reports that the areas mentioned above will experience new snow accumulations of up to six to 12 inches. Reuters cited the National Weather Service, saying that the storm was expected to produce up to 16 inches of snow in some areas with winds blowing up to 50 mph.
The National Weather Service said that Texas and Oklahoma will experience their first major winter snowstorm.
According to msnbc.com, a blizzard watch or warning means that forecasters believe life-threatening winter weather conditions are likely, including winds of at least 35 mph and visibility of less than a quarter mile.
As the storm moves eastward, rain will form, and, as a result, a mix of rain and snow will move into the Chicago and Detroit areas on Tuesday reports msnbc.com. According to the Huffington Post, rain showers will form ahead of the cold front extending from the Southern Plains through the Ohio Valley and into the Lower Great Lakes.
Weather.com also reports that long-term exposure to the conditions of the storm will certainly lead to frost bite and that roads will become icy and snow-packed. Travel isn't recommended through Tuesday morning and driving on interstates I-40, I-25, I-27 and I-7 isn't safe.
In the words of weather.com: You are taking your life in your hands if you travel on any of these interstates and various adjacent U.S. routes during the height of the storm.
U.S. Route 54, stretching from Santa Rosa, New Mexico across the panhandles to Dodge City, Kansas, will be the epicenter of terrible winter travel conditions.
If you're going to travel Monday night and Tuesday, I would really, really, seriously, strongly advise against it, said Paul Braun, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Transportation, according to msnbc.com. Once you get home Monday night, stay home.