Severe Weather Is Impacting Many States Around The Country

Matt Lillywhite

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued warnings for many parts of the country due to flooding, heavy snow, and strong winds. All of which are expected to create hazardous conditions if you're walking, driving, or doing anything outdoors.

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In Washington State, "heavy rain will create mainly localized areas of flash flooding, with urban areas, roads, and small streams the most vulnerable." So, if you haven't already, it's worth clearing leaves from gutters and drains to prevent urban flooding around your home or neighborhood.

Over in Central California, the NWS issued a dense fog advisory this morning throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Also, there is a ridge of high pressure moving inland across California and the Pacific Northwest that's likely to dominate the weather for the remainder of the week. "This will bring more favorable conditions for night time fog to develop each night in the valley due to good radiational cooling conditions with lighter winds and little sky cover. Thus fog may likely be more widespread and problematic starting tonight and continue for several nights." So, if you're driving anywhere in the affected area, consider giving yourself more time to reach your destination because fog can make driving safely at normal speeds difficult.

In Montana and Idaho, pockets of freezing rain will probably bring dangerous driving conditions to local roads. According to the National Weather Service, "Areas that will be most susceptible will be the valleys of northwest/west-central Montana and north-central Idaho. Pockets of freezing rain could make local areas very slick, particularly over bridges and overpasses. Road conditions may change dramatically over short distances."

Minnesota will also be seeing dangerous wintery weather. "The first winter storm of the season is forecast to bring snow to the Northland. A Winter Strom Warning is in effect for Koochiching County. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for northern St. Louis, northern Itasca, and Cass counties through Noon Friday. This is where the highest snow amounts are forecast. Elsewhere, lighter snow amounts are forecast. The snow will end from west to east on Friday afternoon."

In Kansas, a red flag warning has been issued. This occurs when warm temperatures, low humidity, and high winds combine to increase the risk of a fire. Tomorrow, winds of up to 40mph are expected across the tri-state area of Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. Therefore, the National Weather Service is advising residents not to burn anything outdoors.

Finally, strong winds have been forecasted for upstate New York near the Canadian border. Gusts are expected to reach 59mph, and isolated tree and power line damage are possible. "The strongest winds are expected along the Lake Erie shore including the NYS Thruway corridor and along the north and northwest slopes of the Tug Hill Plateau and in the Black River Valley."

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