(Bioreports)A series of storms is making their way from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes region Sunday, and they will be bringing everything but the kitchen sink with them.
Rain, snow, tropical storm-force winds, and even tornadoes are all possible over the next 24 hours.
A cold front and associated low pressure system which originated in the Pacific Northwest Friday is moving across the Upper Great Lakes and eventually the Northeast later Sunday.
Storm winds tore apart buildings in Missouri on Saturday night. On Twitter the State Highway Patrol urged those in the Osage Beach area to be careful after significant damage was reported in that area. No tornadoes have been reported, but the winds — accompanied by hail — blew between 60 and 69 mph, according to Bioreports meteorologist Derek Van Dam.
First storm is on the move
Rain was the more widespread concern Saturday from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes region, and the snow chances were limited to portions of the Upper Midwest including Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the UP of Michigan.
By Sunday, soggy conditions will settle into Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, mainly in the second half of the day.
Chicago lived up to its “Windy City” title Saturday. Nearly 60 million people were under wind alerts including Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Louisville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe, and Denver. In general, sustained winds of 25 to 45 mph with gusts to 50 to 65 mph were forecast for much of the Midwest and Central Plains.
Those high winds triggered critical fire weather conditions in portions of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Elevated and critical fire weather levels are in effect for all of those states. The critical fire threat is being driven by these high winds gusts combined with humidity levels down to less than 20%, making it easy for fires to spread.
“Winds may occasionally gust well over 30 mph across portions of the Critical area, and very brief/localized Extremely Critical conditions cannot be completely ruled out,” the Storm Prediction Center said.
Next storm on the way
It’s looking more like “Snow-vember” for many areas of the western US lately. Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington picked up 38 inches of snow. Just south of there, both Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass picked up nearly 20 inches, and more is on the way.
“A series of weather systems will move across the area through the middle of next week with lowland rain, mountain snow and gusty winds at times,” the National Weather Service office in Seattle said. “Next system arriving tonight followed by a warm front later Monday and a cold front Tuesday.”
Overall snowfall accumulations will be highest near the peak elevations of the Cascade and Rocky Mountains where as much as an additional foot of snow is possible through the weekend.
Rainfall will be along the coast of Washington and Oregon where 2 to 3 inches is forecast this weekend. However, other areas of the West Coast and Mountain West will see 1 to 2 inches of rain.
Keep in mind that any areas that receive those amounts of rain could also see localized flash flooding, especially along any of the numerous fire burn scar areas.