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Morning Express with Robin Meade

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18 states hammered by snow, ice, freezing rain

  • 30 million people in storm's path
  • Rare snowfall in Arizona desert

There's a big winter storm in the Southern Plains and Southwest United States this morning!

The storm is centered over Texas now with the main energy lagging behind in New Mexico. The end result is a winter storm warning for 11 states and advisories for a few more.

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I'm looking at a foot to one and a half feet in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Freezing rain and ice warnings in Arkansas. Even Chicago gets the snow tonight -- two to four inches of it.

The severe action looks like it's from Texas to Louisiana. Later today, an isolated tornado could be possible in the Gulf Coast.

The Southeast could see heavy rain on Friday and Saturday, possibly even a flood watch for Georgia.

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