Weekend Warming Trend To Be Followed by Unusually Cold Weather


The Western and Southern US will see a warming trend this weekend to be followed by unusually cold weather for the central US and especially in the East. See the latest weather news, alerts, and 3-day forecast.

Alaska cancels snow crab season after an estimated 1 billion crabs disappear

Warming conditions in the Bering Sea have led the Alaska Department of Fish and Game–for the first time in state history–to cancel the winter snow crab season due to falling populations of the crustaceans, CBS reports. An estimated 1 billion crabs have mysteriously disappeared in two years, marking a 90% drop in their population. The Bristol Bay red king crab harvest for the fall and winter harvest of smaller snow crabs have both been canceled.

NWS weather alerts for Friday

Here are the latest weather alerts for Friday from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Flood warning: northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, northwestern Maine.

Flood watch: northern Vermont, New Hampshire, western Maine, southeastern California, western and central Arizona.

Wind advisory: New Hampshire, Maine.

Freeze warning/frost advisory: Southeastern Idaho.

Red flag alert for portions of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

The 3-day forecast: Warm weekend, unusual cold for eastern US next week

The West and southern latitudes of the lower 48 will see warm temperatures this weekend, but a cold front will bring unusually cold weather for the eastern half of the US next week, particularly over the mid-South, Southeast, Eastern Ohio Valley, and mid-Atlantic, where temperatures will be substantially below normal, the Washington Post reported.

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

Friday: Northeast thunderstorms and potential flooding, Strong winds bring widespread red flag alerts

Heavy winds through the midsection of the Lower 48 will prompt red flag alerts in a dozen states (see alerts above).

Thunderstorms over the Northeast over New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Heavy rain with possible flash flooding over eastern New Hampshire, as well as southern, central and eastern Maine (see alerts above). A wind advisory throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

Mixed precipitation over northeastern North Dakota, northern, central, and southeastern Minnesota, northern and central Wisconsin, into Northern Michigan, and portions of Montana and Wyoming.

Thunderstorms over southern California, Arizona, and southern Texas. Heavy rain could bring potential flash flooding over California deserts and Arizona (see alerts above). Thunderstorms over central and southern Florida.

Saturday: Widespread thunderstorms, Southwest flooding

Thunderstorms will extend from California to Tennessee. Heavy rain with potential flash flooding over portions of southeastern California into central and southern Arizona.

Mixed precipitation over portions of Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota, as well as over Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan, as light snow is a possibility.

Rain to the east over portions of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, and Maine.

Scattered thunderstorms over central and southern Florida.

Sunday: Coast-to-coast, possible Southwest flooding

Thunderstorms will stretch from California to the Atlantic along the southern corridor. In the Southwest, heavy rain with potential flash flooding over southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and western Texas. Thunderstorms also along the Gulf from Texas to Florida.

Mixed precipitation over Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan, and the Great Lakes.

Rain over the mid-South and mid-Atlantic.