A winter storm was hammering the West on Monday as it moved toward the central US through midweek while bringing severe weather and potential flooding to the south on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here are Monday’s weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS). Keep in mind that warnings are the highest level of alert, followed by advisory, then by a watch. Explanations of NWS alert levels here.
Blizzard warning: Southeastern Montana, Western Wyoming; Western and South-Central South Dakota; Western and northwestern Nebraska.
Winter storm warning for portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona.
Winter weather advisory for portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.
Winter storm watch for portions of North Dakota, South Dakota,, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
High wind warning: For portions of New Mexico.
Wind advisory for portions of Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.
High wind watch: For portions of Colorado and Kansas.
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Level 2 severe weather risk on Monday for North-central and northern Texas, western and southwestern Oklahoma, and Western Kansas.
On Tuesday, the SPC has issued Level 2 and Level 3 severe weather risks for parts of eastern Texas, central and northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas, and southwestern Mississippi.
On Wednesday, the SPC has issued a Level 2 severe weather risk for parts of southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.
Risk levels are subject to rapid change, be sure to check with the SPC frequently.
A strong winter storm will deliver heavy snow over the West and move into the central US on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as bring wintry weather to parts of the Great Lakes region, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. At the same time, the winter weather will collide with thunderstorms in the South to stir up severe weather and possible flooding there.
Here is the current 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Snow for much of the West with potentially heavy snow over portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
In the central US, potential heavy snow over parts of South Dakota and Nebraska.
Freezing rain is forecast over the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.
Thunderstorms for the southern plains, as well as around the Gulf for portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Potential severe weather for the southern Plains (see report above).
Widespread heavy snow over portions of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Freezing rain over the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois.
Thunderstorms over the southern Plains and South could trigger severe weather over portions of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Heavy rain with potential flash flooding over portions of Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
Snow over portions of New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Snow in the West over portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado, with heavy snow over parts of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Freezing rain over portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Snow over parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Thunderstorms over parts of the Ohio Valley, South, and Southeast could trigger severe weather along the Gulf over parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.