Winter Storm Pummels Heartland…Again

A second intense winter storm churned through the heart of the U.S. Wednesday, dumping more than a foot of snow on the nation’s winter-weary midsection.

Barreling through the central Plains and Midwest as residents were digging out from last week’s powerful blizzard, the system unleashed high winds and up to 12 inches of snow on parts of Oklahoma, CNN reports.

Michael Lacy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, said hilly northwest Arkansas saw nearly a foot of snow in some areas, including Siloam Springs. He urged Arkansans not to travel, saying strong winds made for poor visibility.

A winter storm warning was issued across nine states, from Texas to Alabama, and a winter weather advisory affected Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia, CNN said.

Heavy snow was reported as far south as Texas. Many school districts there and in parts of Kansas cancelled classes, AP reports.

Forecasters predicted 2 to 4 inches of snow for Memphis, Tennessee, with smaller snowfalls anticipated for Nashville; Birmingham, Ala.; and Atlanta.

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