A rather abnormally quiet start to the week across the nation overall will transform into an active one by the weekend as we watch the formation of several storm systems. This comes as parts of the Plains and Midwest continue to deal with historic flooding. This is your 5 Things to Watch this week:
Historic, catastrophic flooding has been taking place since late last week across portions of the northern Plains and Midwest. Even though only a widespread 2-4 inches has fallen in this region within the past week, the melting snowpack alongside the rainfall has lead to springtime floods. Even the National Weather Service office at Omaha, NE had to evacuate on Saturday because of rising water levels from the Missouri River and other nearby rivers. According to the Weather Prediction Center, additional significant flooding will persist into this new week.
An usually quiet start to the new week is ahead for the nation overall, which is rather unusual in March as the seasons begin to change and larger transitions in the weather patterns take place. High pressure will dominate for the most part, leading to generally sunny skies while temperatures remain cool and 5-15 degrees below average from the Rocky Mountains eastward. The West Coast will be a bit on the warmer side, and by Wednesday the entire Northern Tier of the US can expect warmer weather.
Florida is in for a wet start to the new week as an area of low pressure slowly developing over the Gulf of Mexico rides a nearly-stationary front, bringing days of rain and unsettled weather to the not-so-sunny Sunshine State. Even thunderstorms will be possible, but they should not turn severe. Monday won’t be too bad of a day in Florida despite the widely scattered showers developing in the afternoon. It’s not until Tuesday when a widespread light to moderate rain overtakes the state, making for a washout of a day, especially in the Florida Peninsula. Rainfall totals will add up to 1-3 inches in South Florida. By Wednesday night, a cold front will then move through, ushering in both drier weather and air.
Northeast Snow Chances:
The chance for a late-season snow for major Northeast cities isn’t looking too great. After a dry start to the week, a disturbance will bring scattered showers to the region around Thursday, with limited snow. However the only people that will see this snow will be people living in the interior, especially near the Great Lakes and in the mountains. As a matter of fact, several inches of accumulation will be possible in these areas Thursday into Friday, but totals will not be significant.
West Coast Storms:
A couple storm systems will likely move into the West Coast of the US late-week, bringing more rounds of rain and mountain snow to the western US, especially in California and the Four Corners States. In some of the higher elevations, feet of snow is expected, while a few inches may fall in the valleys. What’s remarkable is how wet this winter has been in California. The drought has been completely wiped out in the state as of this Monday. The last time California has been drought-free was in 2011.