West Coast Rain & Snow
The West Coast remains active as another system looks to move near the west coast, bringing lots of rain to the coastal areas and more snow to the mountains. Rain will extend from San Jose, CA northward to Medford, OR on Thursday with rain and snow impacting Seattle, WA Friday morning and afternoon. Rainfall amounts will be excessive, with 6-9 inches of rain possible through Sunday evening. Flooding and mudslides will again be likely along the California and Oregon coasts.
Snow Across The Northern Plains & Western Great Lakes
Rain and snow will continue for the west coast into early next week and some of this energy will combine with a developing low near the Rocky Mountains. This low will pick up warm air and lots of moisture from the Gulf Coast and combine it with colder air and snow over the Northern Plains. This will make for a large winter storm with rain for the Lower Great Lakes and heavy snow and blizzard-like conditions across the Western Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This system will also drive in some very cold air to much of the United States by Thursday, February 9th. Snowfall amounts will likely be high, with some areas possibly seeing nearly a foot of snow. However, it is too soon to talk about snowfall estimates as this is about a week away and many things could change including the storm track and storm intensity.
Looking Into February
February may be cold to start, but the Climate Prediction Center’s latest monthly outlook suggests above normal temperatures for much of the country for the month. The Southwest US looks to have the best shot at above average temperatures along with below normal precipitation. It’s possible that the second half of the month could be warmer than normal for many parts of the country as we inch closer to spring. It appears that winter won’t settle in and stay anytime soon and if it doesn’t do so by the middle of February, it will be very difficult to see sustained cold air remain in place as we head toward March.