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Top Weather Stories for October 3, 2017

3 Oct 2017, 8:24 am

It’s that time again for today’s top weather stories. We have a lot going on with strong storms in the Southwest, very cold air in the High Plains and those pounding winds for the east coast of Florida. Here is the very latest.

FREEZE ALERTS

Cold weather continues to build across the Northwest and that cold air will keep pushing east for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Multiple states in the High Plains will be dealing with freezing temperatures and that means it’s time to protect your sensitive outdoor plants.

Freeze warnings are in effect for Tuesday night in NW South Dakota, SW North Dakota and NE Wyoming. A Freeze Warning means that temperatures will be cold enough to kill any temperature sensitive outdoor plants.  There are also Freeze Watches for SW South Dakota and NW Nebraska through Wednesday morning.  Central and north central South Dakota is under a frost advisory into Wednesday morning. It will be a good idea to cover your plants as temperatures will be cold enough to kill them if left untreated.

STRONG STORM CHANCES FOR NEW MEXICO

A large portion of the U.S. is under a “General” risk of thunderstorms today and that does include areas that were hit hard with severe weather Monday. ( Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota). The highest chance for any severe weather Tuesday will be in eastern New Mexico. The severe threat is not high, but there will be a chances for large hail with any storms that develop.

STRONG WINDS AND HIGH SURF FOR FLORIDA

A large ridge over the Southeast will allow strong east and northeasterly winds to pound the east coast of Florida. High surf and high wind advisory for the northern east coast of Florida through Thursday afternoon. This kind of a set-up will produce beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Plus, the risk of dangerous rip currents will be increasing.

We will be following these stories and many more on-air and online throughout the day.  Keep checking Weather Nation on Facebook, Twitter and at weathernationtv.com all day for the very latest.

 

Meteorologist Patrick Crawford

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