A multiple day severe weather situation is expected to take place this weekend across the Central and Southern Plains. But before that all unfolds, that storm system will originate as a trough of low pressure in the desert southwest and bring wintery weather to places like California and Nevada.
Today and tomorrow will feature cool, windy, and damp conditions across the west before this system pulls out toward the Northeast. Numerous watches and warnings are already in effect.
From Crater Lake, OR
From the National Weather Service in Nevada:
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 AM PDT SATURDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 8 INCHES IN THE VALLEYS WITH 10 TO 18 INCHES POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS. * TIMING…RAIN WILL QUICKLY CHANGE OVER TO SNOW THIS EVENING WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW EXPECTED TO FALL TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. * WINDS…WESTERLY WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH GUSTING TO 30 MPH.
Potential for significant snowfall in the higher elevations:
Although this system is bringing wet weather to California, the drought is continues to expand.
From USA Today: “Drought spread and intensified this week in seven western and central states, including California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal site that tracks drought. This week marks the first time in the 15-year history of the Drought Monitor that 100% of California was in moderate to exceptional drought.”
Stormy weather will then spread into the Central and Southern Plains and conditions will dramatically improve early next week across much of the southwest. By the middle of next week, high temperatures will be above average in places like Los Angeles. Check out the extended forecast, especially the middle of the week:
Keep on an rapidly changing weather conditions through the weekend!
Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek