• Another classic stormy spring pattern is in the cards this weekend.
  • Severe thunderstorms are likely in the Plains on Friday and could last through the weekend.
  • Another snowstorm could hit parts of the northern high plains with heavy snow and strong winds.

There is growing confidence in another strong spring storm late this week into the weekend.

This spring storm includes severe thunderstorms and another snowstorm in parts of the Plains.

This scenario should sound familiar.

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms, including at least 55 confirmed tornadoes, tore through areas from Texas to Minnesota to Kentucky last week. This included the Salado, Texas, EF3 tornado and the Taopi, Minnesota, EF2 tornado.

Meanwhile, a crippling blizzard – named Winter Storm Silas by The Weather Channel – pounded parts of the northern Rockies and northern plains with feet of snow and high winds.

As is often the case several days in advance, the specific details of this forecast will be ironed out as the event draws closer, but the weather model later in the week is straight out of a weather textbook. 101 and gives us more confidence in this set. script.

The jet stream will make a large southerly dip in the western United States, which will strengthen low pressure and pull warm, moist air north from the Gulf of Mexico while pulling air colder south from Canada.

An expansive spring storm with both severe thunderstorms and heavy snow will likely result from this amplified jet stream pattern.

Severe weather forecast

While there may be isolated severe thunderstorms in parts of the Plains beginning Tuesday, severe thunderstorms could become more numerous and more widespread across the Plains beginning Friday.

The most likely area of ​​severe weather on Friday stretches from parts of Kansas north into Nebraska, western Iowa, southern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota, as shown the outline below of the NOAA Storm Prediction Center.

This shows areas of highest confidence for at least a few severe thunderstorms Friday afternoon and night.

(Forecast: NOAA/NWS/SPC)

Beyond that, at least a few scattered severe storms are possible over the weekend in the central United States from parts of the Mississippi Valley to the southern plains, but given differences in the timing of forecast models of this spring storm, the exact location of this weekend threat is uncertain. .

It is too early to determine the extent of the severe weather threat, but at least a few tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and locally inundated rains are possible in these areas.

Like last week, the spring storm will also generate strong, dry winds over New Mexico and the high plains of eastern Colorado southward. These conditions could lead to the rapid spread of existing or new wildfires in this drought prone area.

Make sure you have a plan in case of bad weather, including where to take shelter. Have multiple ways to receive National Weather Service watches and warnings that can also wake you up at night, via wireless smartphone emergency alerts, The Weather Channel app and NOAA Weather Radio.

Blizzard Outlook

The calendar might say late April, but there will once again be a cold side to this coming storm.

The storm will first produce much-needed snowfall in California’s Sierra Nevada on Wednesday night and Thursday. The higher elevations of this mountain range could see a foot or more of snow.

Snow will spread eastward into the Rocky Mountains Thursday night through Friday.

By Friday evening and Saturday, snow or rain turning to snow could cover parts of Wyoming, Montana, western North Dakota and western South Dakota. Rain could turn to snow further east in North Dakota and northern South Dakota from Saturday evening through Sunday.

The purple areas on the map below show where the heaviest snow from the storm is most likely, including higher elevations in Wyoming, eastern Montana, and western and northern Dakota. North. At least 6 inches of heavy wet snow is possible in these areas.

Strong winds could accompany the storm in the northern high plains, contributing to poor visibility and potentially hazardous travel.


Rain and snow forecast

(Although it’s too far back in time to specify exact forecast snowfall totals, the areas in the purple and pink outlines have the highest chance of heavy snowfall.)

Keep all of this in mind if you have travel plans in this region next week. You may need to delay or cancel your plans.

Check back for important updates over the next few days as the details of this spring storm are finalized.

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