Winter storm warnings issued in eight states


-- A powerful winter storm coated Oklahoma in white early Wednesday as yet another round of frigid weather began marching across the United States.

The new storm comes barely a week after a record-setting weather system pummelled the Plains and the Midwest.

Up to 12 inches of snow was forecast for the Sooner state, but a winter storm warning was in place across portions of eight states -- from New Mexico to Mississippi.

Snow and sleet are predicted as far south as central Texas, with 2 to 4 inches expected to coat the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the National Weather Service said.

Later in the day, the system is expected to bring rain and snow to many areas of the Deep South before delivering a wintry mix along portions of the East Coast on Thursday.

Cities like Memphis, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas, could see 4 to 8 inches of snow, while lesser amounts are expected in Nashville; Birmingham, Alabama; and Atlanta, according to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.

Bitterly cold temperatures will lock the center of the country in the deep freeze as the system moves east.

"Behind the system, cold high pressure will bring temperatures 30-40 degrees below average to parts of the central U.S. by midweek," the Weather Service said.

Rain is likely across most of the Southeast on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Scattered snow is expected in the Great Lakes region Wednesday.

Last week's historic storm left its mark on at least 30 states, dumping about 2 feet of snow on the Chicago area and prompting Oklahoma's governor to declare a state of emergency.

Another winter system at the end of the week left central and southern Texas a mess.

Hundreds of flights were canceled as the winter weather threatened the plans of Super Bowl enthusiasts headed for the game last Sunday in Arlington, Texas.