Winter Storms in Central United States

December 13, 2022

We are glad we moved them home!

Christy Gerdes, a 5th generation rancher in Montana who moved her cattle to safety ahead of approaching winter weather. A large winter storm system – which swept across the Western U.S. over the weekend – is now impacting the Central U.S.

Why It Matters: As of Tuesday morning, more than 15 million people were under winter weather advisories across the Central U.S., “with power outages a key concern” (CNN). The storm is expected to continue through Thursday; heavy snowfall (up to 10-18 inches) and blizzard conditions are expected in states including Montana, Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming, while heavy rainfall is expected in the south. Parts of Texas and Oklahoma are also under tornado warnings and watches, with multiple reports of tornado and wind damage coming out of both states on Tuesday morning.

Looking Ahead: “… in the wake of this storm, widespread colder-than-average conditions are set to sweep across coast to coast later this month and last through to Christmas,” Axios reports.

15 million under winter weather alerts as major storm sweeps U.S. (Axios)

Tornado threat ramps up as storm damage reported in Oklahoma and Texas and blizzard conditions mount in the northern Plains (CNN)

National Weather Service Prediction Center (NOAA)

by Jenna Lee,