Heavy snow on tap today for Minnesota Arrowhead

High pressure pushes spotty storms to West and East

Kansas City, Mo. – Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said today should be the third in a row with no severe weather, although there will be several spotty areas of rain and thunderstorms; and even heavy snow falling on most of the Minnesota Arrowhead.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected over southern California, southwest Texas, southeast Montana, part of the southern Plains, the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley, the Midwest, the northern Atlantic and southern New England. A system currently advancing through the Great Lakes will bring another shot of Canadian air to the center of the country later this week, with rainfall limited mostly to the upper Midwest.

NOAA forecasters anticipate a variety of weather types across the middle of the country. Elevated fire danger will be a concern for the north-central Plains. Minnesota could see some heavy snow. Patchy frost will impact parts of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia; and a Frost Advisory is in effect for parts of western and central Kansas..

See today’s Hazards Map at http://www.weather.gov/largemap.php and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center threats map at http://origin.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaad1.gif.

Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center said there is a slight chance of severe weather in the central Plains Friday and a possibility Saturday for the Midwest.

Friday’s risk area includes extreme southeast Colorado, south-central Nebraska, the western half of Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle and most of the Texas Panhandle. General thunderstorms will surround the risk area. See http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3otlk.html.

Forecasters at NOAA’s Des Moines, Iowa, National Weather Service office said current model guidance suggests potential for severe weather in the Midwest Saturday, including large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. Local and area emergency management officials are concerned there could be a repeat of Nov. 12, 2005, when several tornadoes touched down in proximity to a packed Jack Trice Stadium in Ames during a college football game. Officials and the Des Moines Weather Service staff have been coordinating to ensure constant communication among several agencies to prepare for the weekend. Coordinating agencies include the National Weather Service, Iowa State University, ISU Department of Public Safety, the City of Ames and the Ames Police Department.

See NOAA graphic at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/day4-8/.

NOAA’s five-day precipitation outlooks may be found at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.

Local National Weather Service office web pages are available at http://weather.gov; select the desired location. All segments of the U.S. weather and flood forecasts and outlooks are available through the NOAAWatch briefing page at http://www.noaawatch.gov/briefing.php.

Contact:  Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135

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