NORMAN, Okla., Nov. 16 (UPI) — A major, widely spread storm system is bringing snow, tornadoes and heavy rain across the central U.S. Monday and Tuesday.
Blizzard-like conditions are expected in Colorado, tornadoes are possible in the southern plains and the Mississippi Valley could get flooding rains in a storm the Weather Channel has named Winter Storm Ajax.
Kansas and Texas reported multiple tornadoes Monday evening, the Storm Prediction Center said, including a large one approximately a mile wide near Pampa, Texas. Another one nearby wiped out a Haliburton plant. There were no injuries, but hazardous material teams are trying to get a chemical leak contained.
Ajax could bring up to a foot of snow to the central Rockies as well as to parts of the High Plains. Storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect for those areas.
Denver could see between 7 and 11 inches of snow with high wind gusts between 40 and 60 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said.
Travel will be dangerous through Colorado and parts of Kansas and Nebraska Monday and Tuesday
The cold front is expected to push eastward Monday across portions of Oklahoma and Texas into Arkansas, while a warm front from the Gulf of Mexico moves north over a large portion of the lower Mississippi Valley with heavy rain.