Following a very active end to the weather last week with the significant nor’easter, another nor’easter is ahead for the Northeast midweek while a blizzard impacts the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest Sunday into Monday, brush fires occur in portions of the Southern Plains, and a new storm enters the West by the weekend. Here are four big weather stories we’re watching for you this week:

Another Nor’easter:

It seems like the switch for active weather has flipped in the Northeast. Following a nor’easter on Friday, which dumped up to 40 inches of snow in central New York and delivered up to 93 mph wind gusts in southeastern Massachusetts, more heavy snow and gusty winds, although likely not as strong, are ahead around the Wednesday time period. Nor’easters are difficult to predict, but the large majority of model guidance suggests that another round of heavy snow is ahead for the Northeastern US Wednesday into Wednesday night. At this time, we don’t exactly know where the rain/snow line will set up, but there will be colder air in place, and the current data suggests heavy snow closer to the coast with this storm. Another nor’easter may be possible early-next week as well, but it’s way too soon to discuss that potential storm.

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Northern Tier Blizzard:

As a Colorado Low tracks toward the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest Sunday and Monday, a full-fledged blizzard will develop, peaking on Monday in strength, across the entire region. Up to a foot of blowing snow combined with wind gusts as high as 60 mph is forecast for a large area of land, including cities like Bismarck, Fargo, Minneapolis, and Omaha. Even Chicago may deal with a few hours of higher snow sometime Monday. This storm will then weaken on Tuesday as its energy phases with a piece of energy dropping south from Canada while a southern stream disturbance aids in heavy rain and thunderstorms for the Gulf Coast.

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Southern Plains Brush Fires:

The western Southern Plains have been very dry during meteorological winter and that trend continues through at least the start of March. With gustier winds in place and low humidity, that will aid in the critical to extreme risk for brush fires across southern and eastern New Mexico, eastern Colorado, extreme-southwestern Nebraska, western Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle, and western Texas. The worst conditions will be this Sunday, then the threat will become confined to much of Kansas and portions of Oklahoma and Colorado on Monday.

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New West Coast Storm:

The Sierra Nevada got pasted by much-needed snow from the end of last week into the weekend. Over five feet fell in portions of this mountain range while a widespread rain and even some hail came down in the lower elevations of California. The start of the new week will be very dry up and down the West Coast ahead of our next storm. Showers and snow will begin to move into the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, then the activity will infiltrate the entire coast as well as much of the intermountain West Friday into Saturday. Up to three to four feet of additional snow is currently forecast to fall in the Sierra with this next storm.

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Jackson is Head of Content and Social Media at WeatherOptics. He is currently a student at the University of Miami, studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism. Dill produces forecast articles for the website and helps to manage the content schedule. He has also led the growth of WeatherOptics’ social media accounts, working to keep them aligned with the company’s evolving vision.

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