Another busy week of weather is in store for the nation this week as we track additional chances for snow and heavy rain in addition to the chilly temperatures. Here’s 5 Things to Watch this week:
Northeast Snow Squalls:
As a strong area of low pressure departs from the Northeast, lingering moisture on the backside of the storm paired with decreasing temperatures will fuel lake-effect snow and snow squalls across parts of the interior Northeast through tonight. Snow will be possible from Upstate New York through northern New England, with snowfall amounts generally less than 3 inches. Some of these squalls will be heavier, however, which will make travel difficult due to reduced visibility.
Last South Florida Front?
As winter ends and temperatures gradually warm up across the nation again, cold fronts begin to not make it through South Florida anymore. Cold fronts often move through this part of the nation once a week during the wintertime but never by the time summer arrives. As this past weekend’s low pressure exits to the north and east off the East Coast, its cold front is expected to pass through South Florida midweek. After that takes place, however, the model guidance is hinting at that potentially being the last cold front to completely cross South Florida until next winter. So enjoy the cool, dry air while it lasts!
The risk for severe weather will exist this Tuesday into Tuesday night across much of Texas and eastern New Mexico as low pressure begins to develop and strengthen across the Southwest. The risk for a few tornadoes will exist but large hail and damaging winds will be a bigger threat that these storms may pose. Based on how this storm system develops, the storms won’t form nor turn severe until late in the day or possibly not until Tuesday night, making this threat even more dangerous. It’s also been a while since severe weather has impacted this part of the US.
A storm system will pass through the Pacific Northwest early-week, bringing heavy rain and snow to a large chunk of the region. Impacts will begin late today as snow begins to work into northwestern Washington. Even the lower elevations, like in Seattle, may experience a brief round of snow before changing over to rain tonight. Rain will then remain the story in those lower elevations and along the northwestern US coast. Meanwhile in the mountains, over a foot of snow can be expected in parts of the Cascades and Bitterroots through Wednesday.
A powerful low pressure will develop mid- to late – week across the nation’s midsection, bringing heavy snow to parts the Rocky Mountains and Plains while rain affects a large portion of the East between Wednesday and Sunday. The best chance for heavy snow, and potentially blizzard conditions, will be Wednesday into Thursday across the leeward side of the Rocky Mountains and in the northern Plains. Widespread wind gusts of over 50 mph are expected as a result of this strong and intensifying low pressure system. Then as the low moves northeast by the weekend, the storm will actually weaken with lighter snow possible across portions of the Midwest and Northeast.