National Weather Summary for Thursday, November 29, 2018
by David Moran, on Nov 29, 2018 11:13:22 AM
Heavy snowfall is forecast across the Rockies through Saturday as an area of low pressure moves eastward. Snow will continue across the Sierra Nevadas through Thursday night. Thunderstorms are forecast across central California as an area of low pressure moves across the region. Heavy to excessive rainfall will continue across California.
- Snow through Saturday for the Rockies
- Continued Snow for the Sierra Nevadas Thursday
- Thunderstorms Thursday for Central California
- Excessive Rainfall for California on Thursday
- Snow Friday through Sunday from the North Central Plains through the Great Lakes
- Thunderstorms from the Southern Plains through the Lower Mississippi Valley Friday
- Potential for Thunderstorms Saturday from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley
Snow through Saturday for the Rockies
Significant snowfall is forecast over the next several days across the higher elevations of the Rockies. Snowfall totals will range 9-12 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 18 inches. In addition, gusty winds in excess of 35 mph may produce blowing snow and reduced visibility. Some roads may become impassable, so use extreme caution if travel is necessary.
Major Cities in Region: Salt Lake City, UT, Grand Junction, CO, Steamboat Springs, CO, Cheyenne, WY
Snowfall Accumulation through Saturday
Continued Snow for the Sierra Nevadas Thursday
Snow will continue across the Sierra Nevadas through Thursday evening as an area of low pressure moves through the region. Snowfall totals will range 4-8 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 10 inches for the lower elevations. In the higher elevations, 1-3 feet of snow is expected. Winds gusting in excess of 40 mph in the lower elevations and 60 mph in the higher elevations will cause blowing snow, limiting visibilities to less than a mile at times.
Major Cities in Region: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Snow Accumulation for Thursday
Thunderstorms Thursday for Central California
Thunderstorms may develop across central California as the area of low pressure described above continues to track eastward. Weak instability and terrain will allow for the development of thunderstorms, some of which may be supercells capable of producing weak tornadoes.
Major Cities in Region: Sacramento, CA, Fresno, CA
Thunderstorm Risk for Thursday
Excessive Rainfall for California on Thursday
The area of low pressure moving across California will continue to bring heavy to excessive rainfall to the state. Rainfall totals will range 1-2 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 3 inches. Given recent rainfall, there will be a potential for flash flooding and mudslides, especially in the higher elevations and areas recently affected by wildfires.
Major Cities in Region: San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Sacramento, CA
Rainfall Accumulation for Thursday
Snow Friday through Sunday from the North Central Plains through the Great Lakes
A powerful winter storm is expected to develop and make its way across the Central US beginning Friday, bringing the chance for significant snowfall and gusty winds. Accumulations could exceed a foot across portions of Nebraska and South Dakota through Sunday. Combined with winds in excess of 30 mph, blowing snow could reduce visibility and result in large snow drifts. In addition, there may be some freezing rain; accumulations may exceed 0.10 inch across Nebraska and Iowa.
Major Cities in Region: North Platte, NE, Grand Island, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, Omaha, NE, Des Moines, IA, Minneapolis, MN
Snow Accumulation Friday through Sunday
Thunderstorms from the Southern Plains through the Lower Mississippi Valley Friday
An upper level disturbance currently located over California will move eastward, allowing a strong area of low pressure to develop. Ample moisture is expected to stream northward from the Gulf of Mexico, causing instability to build. Thunderstorms are expected to develop along the frontal boundaries associated with the area of low pressure. As thunderstorms develop, large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will all be potential hazards from the evening into the overnight hours.
Major Cities in Region: Oklahoma City, OK, Dallas, TX, Tulsa, OK, Shreveport, LA, Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS, New Orleans, LA
SPC Convective Outlook for Friday
Potential for Thunderstorms Saturday from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley
As the area of low pressure described above continues to move eastward, showers and thunderstorms are expected to be ongoing along and ahead of the front. Daytime heating and plentiful moisture will destabilize the atmosphere, allowing these storms to intensify as the day progresses. Further north across the Ohio Valley, scattered thunderstorms may develop along the warm front. These storms will likely be more scattered in nature with severe winds being the primary hazard, but isolated instances of large hail and a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out, especially in the evening.
Major Cities in Region: Paducah, KY, Jackson, MS, New Orleans, LA, Birmingham, AL, Nashville, TN, Tallahassee, FL, Atlanta, GA
SPC Convective Outlook for Saturday
A Look Ahead
Showers and thunderstorms may develop across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast on Sunday as an area of low pressure moves eastward. Light snow may continue across portions of the Plains on Monday. Into Tuesday, light snow is forecast to develop across the Ohio Valley. Snow is forecast across portions of southern Oregon and northern California on Wednesday as a weak trough approaches.