Heavy Storms Forecast for Southern United States

Bryan Dijkhuizen

An upper-level trough and accompanying cold front will continue to move south and east over the southwestern and central U.S. during the next several days, bringing with it a range of dangerous weather conditions.

It is possible that heavy snow may fall over sections of the central High Plains in the near future, as well as severe winds throughout areas of New Mexico and West Texas. This is especially true in the short term.

A trough in the upper-level trough is expected to eject into the Southern Plains this morning, bringing scattered snow showers southward from the Northern Rockies.

By tonight, snow showers are expected to become more widespread over the central High Plains as the upper-level trough ejects into the Southern Plains.

Spots in Colorado's Front Range may see significant snow, with accumulations of up to 8 inches possible in isolated areas. Among those affected are Denver, Colorado, and the neighboring areas where Winter Storm Watches have been issued.

During this time period, there is also a chance of minor accumulating snow throughout the Central Rocky Mountains.

Strong southwesterly winds are expected today in the southern United States, ahead of an incoming cold front that will move from southern New Mexico to western Texas.

Wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour are possible in this area, making travel for high-profile vehicles difficult to navigate. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories have been issued in order to draw attention to the possible threat that may exist.

The combination of strong winds and low relative humidity will also create dangerous fire weather conditions in the southern High Plains. Temperatures that are much above normal will also soar ahead of the cold front and across the eastern part of the country as well.


The Gulf of Mexico will be able to discharge a large amount of atmospheric moisture content as a result of this, which will provide the conditions for widespread shower and thunderstorm activity to begin Wednesday night.

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