Severe Weather for Upper Midwest, Tropical Rain Headed for Gulf

Severe weather will impact 3 states in the upper Midwest, while a potential tropical depression in the Gulf expected to bring heavy rain to Texas and Louisiana, fire evacuations in California, weather alerts, and 3-day forecast.

NWS weather alerts for Wednesday

Here are the latest weather alerts by the National Weather Service (NWS) for Wednesday:

Red flag warning: western, southern and southeastern South Dakota; northern central and southwestern Nebraska; northeastern and east-central Colorado; northwestern Kansas; northwestern Iowa;

Wind advisory: northwestern and northeastern Montana; southeastern Idaho; northeastern Wyoming; southeastern South Dakota; southwestern Minnesota.

Tropical depression could form in the Gulf

Forecasters the National Hurricane Center (NHC) are giving a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico a 40% chance of development saying it could “become a short-lived tropical depression as it nears the middle to lower Texas coast.”

“Regardless of development, moisture with the system will bring rain chances for Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana for the remainder of the week,” the NHC said.

The 3-day forecast: A stormy holiday weekend?

Severe weather and evacuations in a California fire in Wednesday’s forecast, while a potential tropical depression could impact Louisiana and Texas with heavy rain, and a stormy July 4 weekend could be ahead.

Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Wednesday: Severe weather in upper Midwest, 100s evacuated in California wildfire

The Rices Fire in Northern California, 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, is currently uncontained and threatening at least 500 homes, leading to evacuations of hundreds as ground and aircrews try to stop the fire’s spread, the Weather Channel reported.

Scattered thunderstorms over parts of the Midwest, West, Southwest, South, Southeast and parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday.

Level 2 severe weather risk over the upper Midwest could bring damaging winds and large hail to northern, central, southeastern and eastern North Dakota; western Minnesota; north-central, northeastern, central, and west-central South Dakota, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

Strong winds over the Rockies and parts of the Midwest increase the risk of potential wildfire outbreaks (see weather alerts above).

Thursday: Scattered thunderstorms

Scattered thunderstorms over parts of the Rockies, Southwest, central plains into the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. In the South, thunderstorms to stretch into the mid-South and Southeast. Mostly clear for the eastern Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Friday: Thunderstorms increase

Thunderstorms over much of the eastern US, particularly the South, mid-South Southeast, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and Northeast. In the West, scattered thunderstorms over parts of the upper Midwest, southern Rockies and Southwest.

Stormy weather possible for July 4

A stormy weather pattern for the central and eastern United States over the holiday weekend. Hottest temperatures will be in the Southwest. Storms in the South and Southeast could lead to travel delays on Friday, as well as in parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday. Rain will stick around in the East over the weekend into Monday, the Weather Channel reports.