Weather in March can be quite the weather roller coaster for many regions of the country, but warmer air typically starts reaching southern areas this month.
Severe weather can occur during any month of the year, but the peak activity usually falls during the months of March, April and May.
Texas governor, Greg Abbott, issued a state of emergency across the entire state ahead of the arrival of the storm, and secured a federal emergency declaration from the White House in order to make additional resources available for communities impacted by this weather event.
Large stretches of highway and multiple airport hubs in the Central states may be shut down because of a storm which will unleash a whole spectrum of winter weather hazards ranging from blizzard conditions in some areas to a freeze-up with a buildup of ice in others.
The upcoming weather may persuade you to skip the outdoor dining or the romantic horse-drawn buggy ride through the town.
AccuWeather forecasters are calling for temperatures to dip a dozen or more degrees below average for several days.
In just 24 hours, snowfall totals can reach 6-12 inches, including cities such as Rochester, Minnesota; Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. It will be in this band of heavy snowfall where the potential for the AccuWeather Local StormMax(tm) of 20 inches to occur.
Damage to structures occurred in Arlington, Texas, and patients were being triaged for possible injuries, according to the Arlington Fire Department. Some building collapsed and fell onto vehicles.
Temperatures this weekend will be more typical of the middle of October and even more like the first weekend of November for the central Appalachians, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.
Snowy and icy conditions are expected to present significant travel hazards across the region, and areas that are unlucky enough to reside within the corridor of freezing rain will likely have some of the worst impacts from this storm.