Second Blizzard Blows in on Heels of Last Week's Storm

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After taking a severe bad-weather beating last week, the midsection of the United States is just starting to emerge from the wrath of last week's blizzard. People in several states should keep their snow throwers and shovels handy, though -- another storm is tearing through the heartland on Wednesday. Indeed, parts of the Deep South and Plains regions of the country are being pummeled by a storm that is bringing several more inches of snow and bitterly cold winds along with it. The National Weather Service has issued another slew of ominous warnings, which are probably prompting cases of déjà vu in many people who live along the storm's path. The latest onslaught of snow is breaking records in many different places.

Tulsa's previous annual snowfall record of 25.6 inches was surpassed due to the latest snow, which nudged the total for the season up to 25.9 inches. The new blizzard is making its way from the Plains to the Deep South; along the way, it's cutting through parts of northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. More than a foot of the cold, white stuff has fallen in parts of Kansas. Down in Texas, school has been canceled in several school districts in Amarillo, Fort Worth and Dallas. In an effort to brace itself for the storm, 26 Louisiana parishes have closed their state offices.

Whether this year's crop of blizzards ends up sticking in people's memories probably depends on how long they've been around. After all, the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 combined the high winds of a hurricane with the bitter cold and extreme snowfall of a blizzard. That year, 19 ships sank in the Great Lakes, 250 people died and there were more than $100 million worth of damages. The Great Blizzard of 1899 was equally frightful; during that storm, Tampa received significant snowfall and the New Orleans port ended up freezing over completely. Subzero temperatures were felt from Maine to Georgia. In comparison, this year's rash of blizzards doesn't seem nearly as formidable; try telling that to those who have to dig themselves out, though -- they would probably strongly disagree.

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