Strong winter storm to bring weekend snow to western, central states over weekend

Remnants of this week’s Nor’easter moving offshore into northern Atlantic

Kansas City, Mo. – Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said snow, heavy snow and blizzard warnings would be the operative words to describe weather conditions this coming weekend from the West Coast to the lee side of the Rocky Mountains. Rain and thunderstorms will bring some beneficial rain to some drought-stricken parts of the South and central Plains.

A strong winter storm that has grown from central Montana the past few days is set to replace this week’s Nor’easter, which is winding down as it moves into the Atlantic.

Today, forecasters said, the Rocky Mountain area would see the winter storm dropping 1-2 feet of snow in pockets at high elevations in several locations, rain and thunderstorms in the central Plains and Midwest, rain and snow in the Southwest and rain showers in the Great Lakes area. The south-central Plains will be mostly clear today as will the Gulf of Mexico, the Southeast and the Atlantic Seaboard. Tonight will see a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow over the Upper Midwest.

Saturday will see severe weather possibilities in the south-central Plains and heavy snow in the Rockies and mountain ranges from California to the Dakotas and Minnesota.

Sunday will see snow hanging on in the Pacific Northwest and the mountains of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. There will be a chance of severe weather development in parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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.

NOAA’s National Weather Service offices have issued numerous winter weather statements and warnings to at least 14 states in the path of the strong winter storm through the weekend. Those alerts run the gamut of: Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings, Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Watches. States expecting winter weather through the weekend include: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

Snowfall accumulations are forecast to range from 1-3 inches in western Kansas to 1-2 feet in the mountains of western Montana. Almost all areas expecting snow are also expecting 20-30 mph winds with gusts in the neighborhood of 30-35 mph. Forecasters caution motorists and outdoor enthusiasts to be prepared for frequent white-out conditions and heavy drifting of heavy, wet snow throughout the weekend.

See NOAA’s Winter Weather Safety and Awareness tips at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/index.shtml.

Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center said there is a Slight Chance of severe weather development in the central Plains Saturday and in the southern Plains Sunday.

Saturday’s risk area includes southwest Nebraska; north-central, central and south-central Kansas; northern Oklahoma east of the Panhandle, the very extreme northeast Texas Panhandle; south-central Minnesota, north-central, central and western Iowa and extreme northwest Missouri. See the outlook graphic at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html.

Sunday’s risk area includes southeast Oklahoma, northeast Texas, all of Arkansas but the extreme northern portion, northwest Louisiana and extreme northwest Mississippi. See the Storm Prediction Center graphic at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3otlk.html.

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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