Oklahoma was hit with seven confirmed tornadoes on Sunday leaving at least a dozen people injured, Thousands of people remained without power Monday morning – A powerful storm system is expected to bring more snow and ice for the Great Lakes area which is still reeling of an ice storm last week It will then dump several inches of snow in New York and New England
By MELISSA KOENIG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Oklahoma and Kansas were hit with nine confirmed tornadoes leaving more than a dozen people injured while thousands remained without power Monday morning as a powerful winter storm continues to make its way across the country.
On Sunday alone, more than 115 storms were reported across the southern Plains, mainly of heavy winds that caused cars to overturn in Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Those states also faced hail, with several stones reportedly measuring 1.75 inches in diameter, CNN reports.
And a total of nine tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma and Kansas, mainly affecting the city of Norman, where police warned of road closures, downed powerlines and debris.
Twelve people were ultimately injured in the wild weather across the city, though none were critical, as residents in Michigan faced a fifth straight day without power following an ice storm last week.
In total, more than 220,000 homes across the country were without power on Monday as the Great Lakes braces for even more snow and ice, as a powerful storm system moves eastward.
It is expected to bring New York City’s first measurable snow totals of the season and batter parts of Boston from Monday night into Tuesday.
Nine western states were under winter weather alerts on Monday as snowfall is forecast across the region, bringing up to 10 inches in Washington state’s Cascade Mountains by early Tuesday, one to three feet in the mountain peaks of western Oklahoma and one to three feet in the Rockies.
A blizzard warning also remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
As CBS News weather producer David Parkinson explained: ‘The same storm system that brought snow to Southern California and tornadoes in Oklahoma is now set to bring snow and ice from Wisconsin to Maine, and severe weather from Illinois to Ohio.’
He said the ‘severe threat won’t be nearly as considerable as in Oklahoma, but damaging winds and an occasional tornado are possible in places like Indianapolis, Columbus and Cincinnati.
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