Southeast Thunderstorm Threat, More Ohio Valley Snow, Bowl Games Forecasts
After a turbulent week in the Southeast with intense severe weather, more storms will be developing today. On the north side of that system, colder air will change that rain over to snow across the Ohio River Valley. Accumulating snow is likely. The good news is that both the storms, rain in the Southeast and the snow in the Ohio Valley, won’t be nearly as intense as the system that moved through at the beginning of the week.
Gulf Coast Storms
A mild, yet foggy and cloudy morning in Galveston, TX. A warm front moved through Eastern Texas and up the Mississippi River Valley this morning leading to temperatures that were, in some cases, 22 degrees warmer than they were yesterday morning. This will help set the stage for the thunderstorm activity this afternoon.
Rain has already been impacting much of Louisiana and Eastern Texas this morning but the strong storms will develop this afternoon as a cold front moves through. Expect dramatic temperature changes in Texas and Louisiana. Highs today in the New Orleans will be the low 70s (well above average). Those will into the 50s tomorrow (below average) as skies clear out in the wake of this system.
Futurecast indicates storms advancing eastward through the day with the potential for thunderstorms during the evening commute in New Orleans. Threats include damaging winds and tornadoes.
With the ground already saturated, there are also concerns for flash flooding. Green shaded counties indicate Flash Flood Watches
From the National Weather Service:
* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI. * FROM NOON CST TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING * VERY WET GROUNDS FROM THE CHRISTMAS DAY RAINFALL HAS LOWERED THE REQUIRED RAINFALL AMOUNTS NEEDED FOR FLASH FLOODING. * ADDITIONAL RAINS OF A QUICK TWO TO THREE INCHES ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY TONIGHT FOR LOCATIONS GENERALLY SOUTHEAST OF A WINNSBORO LOUISIANA TO LEXINGTON TO WEST POINT MISSISSIPPI LINE. ALL THE RAINS SHOULD EXIT THE REGION BY AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
Ohio Valley Snow
To the north, the moisture will combine with the colder weather and it will change over to snow as it moves through the Ohio Valley. Although, snow totals won’t be as impressive as the most recent storm, there will still be enough to generate slick roadways and shovel-able accumulations.
Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for the region:
Snow starts in the Ohio Valley then spreads into the Northeast tomorrow.
Weekend Bowl Games
New Year’s Weekend means college football bowl games! Here’s quick glance at some of the games around the nation for today and tomorrow.
Have a great Friday!