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Rare tornado warning sent from Houston to New Orleans

 

A southwest to midwest winter storm warning was in effect Tuesday, affecting more than 17.7 million people as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy snow is expected this week in the states of the central part of the United States.

As temperatures cooled, the rain turned to snow in some areas early Tuesday morning.

Six to ten inches of snow can be expected in parts of central Indiana from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon, according to the Indianapolis Weather Service.

The Little Rock weather service is predicting eight to nine inches of snow in northwest Arkansas through early Wednesday.

Winter Storm Warnings from Texas to New York

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A winter storm developing in the south will threaten more than 15 million people along the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, including Houston, New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, according to The New York Times.

Forecasters from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center warned people in the area on Tuesday to expect potentially damaging winds and violent tornadoes.

The Houston National Weather Service issued an afternoon tornado emergency warning for a large and extremely dangerous tornado confirmed by radar in southeastern Harris County.

Meteorologists said it was the first reported case for the agency’s office in Houston.

During the evening, the threat of a major storm will continue to move east along the Gulf Coast.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to prepare the state’s response resources, and that authorities at all levels were ready.

According to FlightAware, a flight tracking company, at least three dozen flights have been canceled and hundreds delayed at Houston’s George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Pasadena, Texas, a suburb southeast of Houston, tweeted that police and firefighters are helping people affected by the tornado that hit the southeast part of the city.

The department warned that “dozens of calls” had been received and that assistance could take longer than expected.

In Louisiana, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness released storm safety messages via Twitter.

The agency has warned residents to watch out for another major weather threat this week.

Similar storm warnings were issued by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the risk of adverse weather conditions will shift to the east coast of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast.

Tornadoes could hit cities from Norfolk, Virginia to Jacksonville, Florida later this week.

Major hail is also possible as these storms pass.

Read also: Texas Tracks Two Weather Systems Bringing Severe Weather with Flooding, Hail and Tornado Threats

Winter weather leads to car crashes, deaths and school closures

The New Hampshire State Police reported 90 “accidents and vehicles run off the road” between 5:00 am and 8:00 am and 2:00 pm Monday, EST. According to police, according to USA Today, “dangerous driving conditions” were created due to blind spots and snow-covered roads.

Fatal car accidents occurred on Monday and Sunday due to winter weather.

A 31-year-old Massachusetts man died in a traffic accident on Interstate 290 Sunday night, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

In Rhode Island, a 25-year-old woman died in an accident on Interstate 95 early Monday morning, according to NBC Boston and the Boston Globe.

Last month, a deadly tornado hit New Orleans as a series of storms swept the south.

Last March, two tornadoes hit the outskirts of the city, killing at least one person and leaving a lot of destruction in their wake.

Oklahoma City Public Schools announced the transition to virtual homeschooling in a Facebook post.

Due to bad weather, including the possibility of snowstorms, school districts in Texas, including the El Paso Independent School District, began classes late Tuesday night.

Some school districts are planning to close or postpone classes later this week.

According to WTRF in Wheeling, West Virginia, some schools in West Virginia and Ohio were considering a late start on Wednesday due to predicted snow.

Related article: [Weather Forecast] North Texas could expect a cold snap this week as relentless storms hit the west coast

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