Just days after a winter storm locked middle American in a deep freeze, another storm following in its footsteps is burying the plains states.
The deja vu storm, dubbed Winter Storm Rocky by the Weather Channel, already dropped a historic 19 inches of snow on Amarillo, Texas, earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service. The storm whipped up winds of 77 miles per hour at times in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle, stranding motorists and closing roads throughout the region.
Those same blizzard conditions are now being felt across the plains.
"Radars and surface observations indicated an area of light to moderate snow, with pockets of heavy snow, across eastern Kansas into northern Missouri and central Iowa," the NWS reported.
Witchita, Kansas had gotten nearly seven inches by early Tuesday morning, which combined with the leftover snow from last week's storm, makes Februrary 2013 the city's snowiest on record at 21 inches, according to Weather Underground.
Rocky has continued to move Northeast, and as of Tuesday morning was bearing down on Kansas City and Des Moines, Iowa. The storm is expected to reach Chicago by the end of the day, where the up to six inches of snow forecast could cause major disruptions to commutes and air travel.
By late Tuesday Rocky is expected to continue north and bring its cold winds and snow to Detroit and Milwaukee.
Another storm moving northward from the Gulf will likely bring cold and wet weather to much of the East Coast, forecasters say.
"The northern edge of this precipitation region is observing a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain," according to the NWS. "A second area of heavy precipitation is affecting central Virginia southward to the Gulf Coast of Florida" where the moisture is falling as "heavy rain and strong to severe thunderstorms."