National Weather Forecast
We continue to watch active weather across the lower 48 on Sunday. A system pushing out of the western United States will produce severe storms in the Southern Plains, with icing possible into the overnight hours in the Upper Midwest. A new system pushes into the western United States, bringing another round of rain and snow. A frontal boundary in New England will bring some snow chances.
A Moderate Risk of severe weather (threat level 4 of 5) is in place Sunday across parts of western Oklahoma, with an Enhanced Risk (threat level 3 of 5) stretching from the Texas Panhandle to far southwestern Missouri. The primary threat will be destructive winds with severe storms, followed by a tornado threat and some large hail.
Heavy snow continues to fall out west through the weekend and the first day of the work week, with several feet possible in some of the mountain ranges. Heavy rain will also be possible in the central United States, with up to 3” possible.
Meanwhile, icing will be possible across the Upper Midwest as we head into Sunday Night into Monday, with up to a quarter inch of ice possible from eastern Minnesota across central Wisconsin into Michigan.
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