Notice to Navigators: NWS-NOAA Winter Storm Advisory

Significant Event Outlook -- Central U.S. Winter Storm Feb 1-3, 2022


Colleagues, please see below information from today's NWS Operations Center brief regarding winter storm activity. I also included yesterday afternoon's info for awareness.

  • WFO's have been participating in press conference's in support of partners to discuss the forecast and safety actions.
    • WFO's have held partner briefings relaying information about the anticipated snowfall, timing, confidence, etc. for the upcoming winter storm system.


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Central U.S. Winter Storm Feb 1-3, 2022

Key Points

  • A large winter storm with potentially significant snow, sleet, and freezing rain is expected to create travel disruptions and hazardous conditions across the Central U.S. midweek before shifting to the interior Northeast.
  • Several rounds of wintry weather is expected to prolong impacts across portions of the Central U.S. late Tuesday through late Thursday.
    • Heavy snow is expected from the south-central Great Plains to the Great Lakes and the interior Northeast.
    • Heavy ice accumulation is likely from Texas through the Ohio River Valley.
  • Heavy snow and hazardous travel conditions will also develop over the southern Rockies Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Arctic air will plunge temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal across the Plains and Great Lakes mid-to-late this week.
  • Heavy rainfall could produce minor flooding from the South into the Ohio Valley.

NOAA/NWS Activities

  • AWC National Aviation Meteorologists began providing twice daily briefing packages to FAA leadership this morning for expected impacts across the Central U.S. terminals from Chicago to DFW and Austin Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Heavy rainfall could produce isolated small stream and river flooding across portions of the Lower Mississippi and Ohio Valleys into the Southeast.
  • Weather Forecast Office's in Norman and Tulsa provided webinar briefings to their partners with details on the winter weather.
  • WFO Fort Worth will begin webinars on Tuesday.
  • Several offices in the Southern and Eastern Region are providing briefings to their partners on potential winter weather, and flooding for the mid to late week period.





Regional Operations Center and Weather Prediction Center Collaborated Key Messages

Information in this report was provided by the Central Region, Southern Region, and Eastern Region Regional Operations Centers; Weather Prediction Center; and National Water Center.


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NWSOC Mission: The NWS Operations Center provides timely Impact-Based Decision Support Services to meet the evolving needs of NWS partners and stakeholders and supports agency readiness by proactively collaborating and facilitating the exchange of critical information, setting operational posture, and briefing leadership.


NWSOC Vision: A Weather-Ready Nation that makes informed and timely decisions based upon the best environmental and situational awareness information achieved through continuous and effective collaboration.