National Weather at a Glance Sunday

The Associated Press
Tim Houchin walks in the snow to work downtown Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla. Blizzard conditions struck the Tulsa area, stranding motorists and shutting down much of the city.
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AP-The Nation's Weather
Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2013

The strong winter storm that brought several inches of snow to the Rockies pushed across the Plains on Sunday and ushered a broad shield of wintry precipitation across the Midwest. Many areas experienced a dangerous mix of freezing rain and sleet through the day with ice accumulations of up to a quarter of an inch. This created hazardous ice covered roads and sidewalks. Areas that experienced the greatest ice accumulations also led to issues with power outages and downed tree limbs through the day. In addition to ice accumulation, modest sleet and snow amounts were anticipated across the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Upper Great Lakes. Much of the Midwest remained under a variety of WInter Storm Warnings, WInter Weather Advisories, and Freezing Rain Advisories through the afternoon and evening hours.

Meanwhile, in the West, a strong frontal disturbance slid southeastward across the Intermountain West and kicked up more rain and mountain snow showers throughout the day. Snowfall accumulations were expected to reach up to a foot in the mountains, with 3 to 7 inches likely in the valleys. To the south, the tail of this front will brought more scattered rain showers and light snow to Southern California. At the same time, a low pressure system moved into the Pacific Northwest with onshore flow and triggered more rain and mountain snow showers in the region.