Winter storm warnings and weather advisories stretched from central Texas to East Coast states this week, with snow, sleet and freezing rain falling and patches of ice storm warnings emerging in the South.
Parts of east Arkansas, Northern Mississippi and west Tennessee were under an ice storm warning , and officials cautioned against traveling in the hazardous conditions.
Further north, wind advisories were in effect in Wisconsin, Minnesota and other states across the Midwest and Plains until Tuesday morning, with wind chills dropping to 35 degrees below zero in some places. The dangerous temperatures can “cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes,” the National Weather Service warned.
Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday’s winter weather.
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Winter storm warnings hit Texas, extend east
A winter storm warning was in effect in north Texas and western central Texas until noon on Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said.
The area was mostly expecting freezing rain and sleet – not snow.
The Austin, Texas, metro area was also under a winter storm warning until Wednesday. Officials warned against any non-emergency travel and said power outages are possible.
The ice storm warning impacting Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee until noon on Wednesday was expected to bring ice accumulations of a quarter to one-half inch, the weather service in Memphis said.
Travel is also discouraged in these areas, and power outages and tree damages are likely from the icy conditions.
Wind chill in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and more
A wind chill advisory in Wisconsin was in effect until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, with wind chills dropping down to 35 degrees below zero in some cities, the weather service said.
Similar warnings extended into:
Temperatures are expected to rise in parts of Wisconsin on Wednesday and Thursday, the Appleton Post-Crescent, part of the USA TODAY Network reported. But wind chills are expected to drop into negative twenties on Friday.