National Weather Forecast

Several systems will continue to impact the lower 48 as we head into the work week. First, a system moving eastward spreads snow, ice, and storms from the central to the eastern United States. Meanwhile, a couple of systems in the western United States continue to bring heavy snow (and blizzard conditions in the Sierra) as well as rain.

As the West Coast continues to get slammed with systems through midweek, mountainous areas could see several feet of snow accumulation through Tuesday evening. The system impacting the Upper Midwest to New England will bring several inches of snow along with it. Meanwhile, 1-3” of rain could fall across the Central Plains.

Heavy icing is possible across the Upper Midwest Sunday Night into Monday, with the potential of up to a quarter inch across central Minnesota into central Wisconsin and central Michigan. For Michigan, this ice will impact areas a little farther north than the round last week did – a round that still has ~275,000 power customers without power as of Sunday afternoon in southern Michigan.

Meanwhile, several feet of snow will continue to accumulate out west – especially in the Sierra, where blizzard conditions are expected with wind gusts to up at least 50 mph and locally to 70 mph.

As the system that is impacting the western United States during the first half of this week finally pushes eastward, we will see the severe weather threat increase across the Southern Plains and Deep South Thursday into Friday. There exists the threat of a severe weather outbreak from Texas to Alabama on Thursday, with tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail all possible.


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