A strong storm will traverse almost 1,500 miles of the US by means of the weekend and unload snow, extreme thunderstorms and flooding rain alongside its path, culminating within the eighth consecutive dreary weekend in components of the Northeast.
The storm will dump the primary vital snow of the season on components of the Rockies, the place low-elevation rain and high-elevation snow will proceed by means of early Friday because the potent storm strengthens and tracks throughout the Plains.
Components of Colorado, Utah, Montana and South Dakota might see 6 to 12 inches of snow. Snow totals in increased elevations in Wyoming might strategy 1 to 2 ft.
Whereas heavy snow falls in excessive elevations within the Rockies, heavy rain and thunderstorms – a few of which might change into extreme – will goal the Plains Thursday.
The best probability for extreme thunderstorms shall be from Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening in components of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa, the place a Degree 2 out of 5 threat is in place. Massive hail and damaging wind gusts are the first threats, however a few tornadoes are additionally potential.
Heavy rain will accompany some extreme thunderstorms, however drenching rainfall is not going to be restricted to these storms. Widespread rainfall totals of 1 to three inches are potential Thursday and Thursday evening throughout components of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Rain and thunderstorms will shift east on Friday and develop throughout extra of the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest.
One other 1 to three inches of rain is feasible in areas caught within the heaviest storms. Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are just some states set for a soaking on Friday.
The rain will assist the drought-stricken Mississippi Valley and the traditionally low water ranges on the Mississippi River. Following a dry and exceptionally scorching summer time, drought is current in each state within the Mississippi Valley and parts of the Plains. Distinctive drought – probably the most extreme stage of drought tracked by the US Drought Monitor – is in place throughout components of Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa.
Rainfall this week throughout the higher Mississippi River basin will ultimately work its manner into the river and trigger slight rises in water ranges by the tip of October and early November, which might additionally assist stymie the wedge of saltwater threatening consuming water in southern Louisiana.
By Saturday, rain from the storm will unfold into the Northeast and persist within the Midwest. The rain will make for yet one more dreary weekend for components of the area. Rain has fallen within the space virtually like clockwork each weekend for some areas because the finish of August. This might be the eighth consecutive weekend of rain for Philadelphia and the sixth consecutive for New York Metropolis.
An inch or two of rain is feasible throughout parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York on Saturday, whereas components of southern New England might skate by means of the weekend with below an inch of rain.
Rainfall is anticipated to ease up early Sunday and a number of the Northeast might even dry out utterly by Sunday afternoon.