Winter storms continue in Northwest into middle of week

Kansas City, Mo. – Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said winter storms will continue to soak the Pacific Northwest into the middle of the week. Heavy snow is a possibility each day through Wednesday in parts of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.

Rain and thunderstorms will be common from Lower Michigan to south Texas and along the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida.
 
There are no organized areas of severe weather potential through the next eight days, according to forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center.
 
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.
 
Wind advisories are in effect today for parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Strong winds combined with warmer than average temperatures, low humidity and dry fuels are contributing today to elevated to very high grassland fire potential today. Wind gusts are forecast to reach 45 mph in the Dakota, 55 mph in southwest Nebraska, 45 mph in western Kansas and eastern Colorado.
 
Forecasters at NOAA’s National Weather Service office in Denver said winds would be very strong in mountain areas north of Interstate 70 and west of the Continental Divide. Gusts in that area could reach 60-70 mph.
 
Temperatures are likely to run as much as 30 degrees above average for much of the middle of the country. Record highs are possible from the Plains to the Great Lakes. Tuesday afternoon will see a cold front begin to push through the region bringing colder conditions beginning in the middle of the week. Temperatures could drop as much as 20 degrees as the front passes, according to forecasters.
 
NOAA precipitation forecasts for the coming five days may be found on the web site 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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