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New storm brewing in the Central U.S.

By: Chris Dolce, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
By: Chris Dolce, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

As one storm departs by early Monday morning, another storm will begin to gather itself in the center of the country.

A cold front will push into the Dakotas Monday bringing light snow to portions of the Dakotas and northern Minnesota. High pressure will push in behind this front as a surface low strengthens over the Plains Monday night into Tuesday. From the Plains, the storm will continue to intensify while heading towards the Canadian border.

The combination of the strong high and low will kick up strong, gusty winds on Tuesday across the Plains and Upper Midwest. Snow will shift from out of the western Dakotas Monday night to the eastern Dakotas and northern Minnesota Tuesday. Blizzard conditions will be possible with wind gusts potentially topping 40-50 mph. Potential snowfall accumulations of a foot or more are expected in some locations with higher drifts.

In the lower Midwest, showers and thunderstorms will sprout across portions of southeast Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, western Illinois and western Kentucky. Some of these storms may be severe across parts of southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri.

This batch of rain and thunderstorms will continue to spread east across Illinois into the southern Great Lakes Monday night into early Tuesday over already saturated ground. This may increase the flood potential once again.

High temperatures on Monday will range from the arctic cold single digits in northwestern North Dakota to the 30s and 40s in the Great Lakes and the mild 60s and 70s from Kansas to Kentucky.

The aforementioned storm system will help pull colder air south across the region Tuesday into Wednesday. This will erase the warmth and drop temperatures below average across the region by Wednesday. Highs in the teens and single digits will be common from the Dakotas east to northern Wisconsin.

A storm in the Midwest will push into the Northeast tonight into Monday. This will spread rain into areas from southern Upstate New York to northern portions of the Mid-Atlantic.

On the northern fringe of this precipitation will be snow and a wintry mix from northern Upstate New York to central New England. Boston will go from having highs in the 50s and 60s this weekend to a wintry mix changing to snow on Monday with a few inches of accumulation possible. New York City can expect rain and highs in the upper 40s after a weekend with highs in the 60 to 70 degree range.

The area of low pressure will depart by Monday night, but on it's heels will be another batch of precipitation approaching by Tuesday.

Highs on Monday will range from the 30s in Maine to the 70s and low 80s across southern Virginia.

A stalled front will touch off scattered thunderstorms across portions of the south on Monday from northern Georgia and northern Alabama westward to portions of Oklahoma and Texas.

As an upper-level disturbance ejects eastward into the Southern Plains severe thunderstorms will be possible for portions of Oklahoma and Texas. Areas from north central Texas including Wichita Falls to Oklahoma City and Tulsa have the best chance for seeing severe weather. The main threats would be wind and hail with isolated tornadoes possible.

Expect another round of gusty winds across parts of Texas and Oklahoma. This will help enhance the fire danger in these areas.

High temperatures will remain well above average across much of the region by 10-20 degrees. This translates into afternoon readings in the 70s and 80s.

A cold upper trough will push across the Northwest Monday into Tuesday spreading snow across the region.

Precipitation will stay showery with low snow levels in the Pacific Northwest before tapering off late Monday into Monday night.

The snow will spread east across portions of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. Accumulations of more than 12 inches will be common across the mountains with Utah's Wasatch mountains picking up as much as 18 to 30 inches. Accumulating snow will also be likely into the lower elevations including Salt Lake City, Utah and Billings, Mont.

Expect dry, but windy conditions in the much of the Southwest including Las Vegas, Nev., Flagstaff, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M.

Highs on Monday will range from 15 to more than 30 degrees below average across the Northwest to near and slighty above average in New Mexico and Arizona. Afternoon readings will range from the single digits in northern Montana along the Canadian border to the 60s and 70s along the New Mexico and Arizona border with Mexico.


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