Flood and Severe Weather Threats, 3 Systems in Atlantic Could Approach US

A threat of flooding rain, heavy snow, and damaging winds in the West – Significant severe weather threat in the south-central US – 3 systems in the Atlantic could approach the US – Today’s weather alerts and 3-day forecast

NWS weather alerts for Friday

Here are Friday’s weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS)

Winter storm warning: northern Washington; northern, central, and eastern Idaho; southwestern Montana; western Wyoming.

Winter weather advisory: southwestern and northeastern Oregon; eastern Idaho; southwestern Montana; western Wyoming; northeastern Utah; north-central New Mexico.

Freeze warning: southwestern California; south-central and southeastern New Mexico.

Storm warning: Lake Michigan.

High wind warning and watches: Washington; Oregon; northeastern California; northern and southwestern Idaho; Montana; central and southeastern Wyoming; western Nebraska; north-central Colorado.

Wind advisory: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, central New Mexico; western and central Texas; southeastern Wisconsin; western Michigan; western Iowa; Illinois; Indiana; northwestern Ohio; western Kentucky; western Tennessee; eastern Arkansas; northwestern Mississippi.

Severe weather threat for south-central US on Friday

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued 3 risk alerts over the south-central US. A Level 3 severe weather risk over eastern Texas, into southeastern Oklahoma, southwestern Arkansas, and northwestern Louisiana. A Level 2 risk over eastern Texas, central and eastern Oklahoma, southwestern Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and western Mississippi, while a Level 1 threat extends from Texas into Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Tennessee.

2 systems in Atlantic and 1 in Gulf could approach US

Meteorologists from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) are watching 3 systems, one in the Gulf and two in the Atlantic.

“Disturbance 3” in the southwestern Atlantic has a 40% chance of cyclone development over the next 5 days and could acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics by the end of the weekend. However, the system could pinwheel toward Florida next week, the Miami Herald reported.

Following making landfall in Belize and then crossing into Central America, Tropical Depression Lisa has moved into the Gulf of Mexico, but forecasters currently believe the system will dissipate and will not pose a threat to Louisiana on its current track, NOLA reported.

“Disturbance 1” is currently east-southeast of Bermuda and has a low 10 percent chance of cyclone development, but is expected to turn westward.

The 3-day forecast

Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Friday: Flooding rain and heavy snow in West, severe weather in south-central US

West: Heavy rain in the northwest could bring potential flash flooding over Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon. Heavy snow over portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, with snow also over portions of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Central US: Mixed precipitation over portions of the planes into parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Severe thunderstorms over the central US, parts of the South, and into the Great Lakes region will bring a severe weather threat to the south-central US (see above).

East: Rain in the southeast over portions of Florida, Georgia, eastern Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia, and eastern West Virginia.

Saturday: Wintry mix and snow, thunderstorms in the East

West: Mixed precipitation over the northern regions of the West, with heavy snow over portions of Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah, and snow into Colorado.

East: Thunderstorms in the East over the upper Midwest, Great Lakes region, mid-South, South, and the western Southeast. Rain for the southeast and mid-Atlantic from Florida to New York.

Sunday: More snow for the West, rain in the East

West: Mixed precipitation for the northern regions of the West, with heavy snow over portions of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, with snow over Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

East: Thunderstorms in the South and Southeast over portions of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia. Rain will stretch diagonally from southern Texas all the way to Maine moving over parts of the South, mid-South, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast.

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