National Weather Forecast

For the second day of the New Year on Monday, we’ll be watching a complex system in the central United States bringing heavy snow and ice concerns from the Front Range to the Upper Midwest and the potential of severe weather in the southern U.S. Meanwhile, a new cold front approaching the west coast will renew rain and snow chances across the region.

On the north, colder side, of the system impacting the U.S., significant snow and icing is expected from the Front Range to the Upper Midwest. At least a half a foot to a foot of snow is possible from Wyoming to Wisconsin. Freezing rain could bring at least a quarter inch of ice accumulation across northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Meanwhile, storms could bring over 3” of rain through Tuesday evening in the mid/lower Mississippi Valley.

Meanwhile, on the south side of this system, we will be watching the threat of severe weather on Monday when we have a threat level 3 of 5 (Enhanced Risk) in place across parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. This Enhanced risk area includes Shreveport (LA), Little Rock (AR), and Tyler (TX). Strong thunderstorms are expected to develop across the southern United States Monday afternoon, lasting into the overnight hours as they travel eastward. A mix of individual and linear segments are possible (and some areas could see several rounds). The greatest threats from these strong storms will be tornadoes (some potentially of significant strength) and damaging winds.


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