A New Year’s storm will bring snow and ice to portions of the Plains, Midwest and interior Northeast, where it’s likely to hamper travel in multiple states. The worst conditions may develop farther south from Texas to southern Iowa.
According to Freight Waves, Wednesday through Friday (New Year’s Day), anywhere from 3 to 12-plus inches of snowfall could pile up in Midland-Odessa, Lubbock and Abilene, Texas; northern Oklahoma; Wichita and Topeka, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; as well as Ottumwa, Iowa. Freezing rain could result in ice buildup of a few tenths of an inch in some of these locations, leading to possible downed tree limbs and utility lines. Drivers should expect possible major delays on the following interstates within the potential impact zone: I-10, I-20, I-35, I-40, I-70, I-80 and I-90. Slowdowns may last 12 to 24 hours, with road closures likely in some areas.
Snow is not the only type of precipitation affecting the country in 2020. The Deep South will see thunderstorms with the possibility of severe weather and tornadoes. Be safe out there on the roads and check out a couple blogs we posted this year about Winter Tire Maintenance and Winterized Diesel Additives.