Hazardous Weather Outlook for Saturday, January 3, 2015
by WeatherOps, on Jan 2, 2015 3:58:45 PM
Freezing rain and sleet is likely Saturday across the Central Plains and into the Missouri Valley; significant icing is possible. Moderate to heavy snow is likely for the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest.
Central Plains/Upper Midwest: Approaching trough of low pressure to the south will gradually contribute to increasing snow activity across the Upper Midwest while also maintaining ongoing snow draped across the Central Plains. Areas could see anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow with locally higher amounts possible for parts of Wisconsin and Michigan.
A compact but strong shortwave trough, downstream of the larger approaching upper low, will pivot across the Northeast region on Saturday, resulting in snow for much of New England and Upstate New York. Snow could be heavy at times, with locations receiving anywhere from 6 to 10 inches through Saturday night.
Lower Mississippi Valley: Meanwhile, a small region across the far Lower Mississippi Valley will be at risk for strong to isolated severe during the day and evening hours on Saturday. Strong surface low propagating across the Midwest will bring southerly winds and return moisture to the Gulf States with a small region of modest instability. Primary hazards with any storm will be predominantly limited to winds gusting in excess of 55 mph; however, small hail will also be possible and a low-end risk for a tornado or two.