Winter Weather Pummels the Central U.S.

Dec 28, 2018  | 2 min  | Ep4419

Mother Nature failed to deliver a white Christmas for much of the Corn Belt.  

Instead, blizzard conditions and flood warnings arrived in the lead up to the New Year.

Paul Yeager has more. Producer contact yeager@iptv.org

The Lone Star State was inundated mid-week with thunderstorms.

Heavy rain soaked the Austin, Texas area. One woman was trapped by the quick-rising storm waters and had to be rescued from her vehicle.

Julie Butler, Rescued from rising floodwaters: "There was a little tiny tree in the midst of all of that stuff and I thought, if that car shifts one bit, I am going to like, wee! over to that tree and grab ahold of it. So I kind of already had a plan if I was going to completely go under."

Blizzard conditions blasted folks from Kansas to the Dakotas -- shuttering roads and airports.

Police in several states were forced to shut down interstates as winds whipped the more than a foot of snow across the paths of would-be travelers.

Minnesota DOT officials advised folks to wait out the storm for roads to improve.

Portions of places in the land of 10,000 lakes received nearly 20 inches of snow. Crews in Duluth were working overtime to clear the remnants of the storm which was still falling early Friday.

The amount of moisture that fell in the last 72 hours across the U.S. is above average. This map from iWeatherNet reveals heavy rain the South across Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi and into Alabama.

Farther north in Iowa, mostly rain fell on empty farm fields. Only a light dusting of snow arrived in central Iowa after close to 2 inches of rain were recorded over a two-day period. Traffic was slowed on the morning commute with the icy combination on the roads.

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.

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