Storm to unleash severe weather in South, along with potentially record warmth in Eastern U.S.
Severe weather and tornadoes, flooding rains, heavy snow and anomalous warmth are all possible in spots.Low pressure will form over the Texas-Oklahoma border Friday, scuttling northeast over the weekend and unleashing a slew of impactful weather.
Severe weather system could bring snow , ice, tornadoes . The threat for severe thunderstorms will begin Friday afternoon in a large area stretching from Oklahoma City south to Meanwhile east of the storm , it will feel much more like spring than winter. This is part of the fuel for this multifaceted system.
The threat for severe storms and repeating downpours is continuing to shift eastward and will bring the potential for locally damaging storms from Gusts of 60 to 70 mph will be possible in the most intense storms , and winds of this magnitude can cause property damage and turn loose objects into
A powerful storm system set to affect much of the country this weekend could be a, with the possibility of severe storms and tornadoes, ice and snow, and flooding.
Millions of people in the eastern half of the United States -- in the southeast, Midwest, Great Lakes Region and the Northeast -- could feel the effects, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
- More than 40 million people are under flood watch in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, and Vermont.
- Over 25 million are under a winter weather alert in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
- And more than 20 million are under a wind advisory in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky and Indiana.
Here's how the different regions could be affected.
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Damaging winds and flooding downpours have become the main threats with these storms , but isolated tornadoes can still not be ruled out. Saturday is only the second day of what could be more than a week -long severe outbreak over the center of the country.
Heavy rain and flooding also possible farther north from Midwest to Northeast. That’s what much of the Interstate 20 in eastern Texas and northern Louisiana will be facing from Friday into Saturday. On the storm ’s backside, the encroaching cold front could flip some moisture to snow in northern areas.
Tornadoes and damaging winds across the South
Severe weather, including possible tornadoes, damaging wind and large hail, is possible in much of the South on Friday and Saturday, Hennen said.
The risk of damaging wind gusts became even more apparent Thursday, prompting the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center toat for parts of northwestern Louisiana and a stretch of eastern Texas.
Residents from the Gulf Coast north to Missouri could be hit by severe weather Friday afternoon and into the overnight hours. The greatest threat encompasses cities in eastern Texas like Dallas and Houston as well as Shreveport, Louisiana, Hennen said.
On Saturday the danger will shift to cover much of the Southeast, including cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana; Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile in Alabama; and Atlanta.
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Hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, and hail have pelted states in the south, while snow storms, wind, and ice have hit northern states. In the south, hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, and hail have pelted states like Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas.
A storm that brought accumulating snow to the Intermountain West during the first half of the weekend will Severe thunderstorms and flooding will continue to slowly shift eastward through Monday. Some of the tornadoes could track for dozens of miles and be hidden by torrential rainfall.
Severe weather and tornadoes , flooding rains, heavy snow and anomalous warmth are all possible in spots. Ahead of the storm , which will develop from a burst of energy currently centered over the Gulf of Alaska It could flip rain to snow in the process for places like Chicago over the weekend though
Residents in these regions should "make sure your smartphone weather notifications are turned on. Some of these storms will be traveling at 60 mph and you may only have minutes to react," said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.
Snow and ice in the Midwest
Colder areas to the north could feel the effects of a significant snow and ice storm, which thecalled a "powerhouse storm system."
Parts of Illinois, southern Wisconsin and Michigan could see heavy snow fall as the storm moves east, with 6 inches of snow possible in some areas, Hennen said. Upstate New York and New England could see snow as well.
A dangerous ice storm will form over the Great Lakes region, and widespread power outages are possible.
"We certainly have a complicated mess on our hands," the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said.
A separate round of storms will bring heavy snow into the higher elevations of the Northwest, Hennen said.
Winter storm watches were posted for the Cascades and the northern Rocky Mountains, with the weather service predicting snowfall of up to 2 feet. The threat there includes avalanche danger, with warnings posted in parts of Idaho and Montana.
A flooding threat from Texas to Michigan
More than 30 million people were under some sort of flood watch Thursday from Texas to Michigan, including cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma; Little Rock, Arkansas; St. Louis, Missouri; Indianapolis, Indiana, and Chicago.
Widespread rainfall totals between 3 and 6 inches are likely, Hennen said, anywhere from the Southeast to the Ohio Valley and into the Great Lakes region.
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