National Weather Forecast

As we head into Monday we will be tracking a couple of areas of low pressure across the United States. The first, moving from near Oklahoma City Monday morning to near Pittsburgh by Tuesday morning, will bring a wide swath of snow, ice, and storms from the central and southern Plains to the Southeast and up toward New York City. Heavy snow is expected with this system from Kansas to Illinois. A second low, across the Southwest, will bring rain and higher elevation snow.

Through Tuesday evening, a few areas of heavy rain will be possible across the nation. This includes areas from the Southern Plains into the Mid-Atlantic states and out along portions of the west coast including southern California. In these areas at least 1-3” of rain could fall. Looking at snow, a band of at least 6-12” of snow could fall from portions of northern Kansas to Chicago through the beginning of the week. Heavy mountain snow can be expected out west as well, with several feet possible, especially in the Sierras and in Arizona.

Here’s a closer look at the expected snowfall tallies across the upper Midwest to begin the week. Some areas of northern Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, and southern Iowa could see a foot of snow.

Due to the expected snow across the upper Midwest, Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in place.


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