Rain & Snow Impact The West; Another Shot of Arctic Air Coming Soon?

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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.

Another system moves toward the coast Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rain to the coastal areas and heavy snow to the mountains.


The low moves up the coast by Friday afternoon, bringing rain and snow to the Pacific Northwest.


LOTS OF RAIN for California as they continue to recover from a record drought. The next 5 days is no exception with anywhere from 6-9 inches of rain along the coast and a couple feet of new snow in the mountains.


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.


A very large storm system may impact the central and eastern portions of the country by the middle of next week. Here, a strong storm system is near Chicago on February 8th, bringing rain to the Lower Great Lakes and heavy snow to the Western Great Lakes. Winds will also be strong in this area and blizzard-like conditions are possible.


Behind this large system is much colder air. Temperatures look to be well below zero in the Northern Plains by late next week with teens around Chicago and as far south as St. Louis. 20s will spread into the Ohio Valley and even into northern Texas and Louisiana. The cold front is very evident in this image and is located along the East Coast, with temperatures in the 60s right along the coast. They too will see colder air move into the area by the end of next week.


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.


The Climate Prediction Center’s February Temperature Outlook suggests that much of the country will have a chance at above average temperatures overall for the month. The Southwest US has the highest potential to see the warmer temperatures and very low precipitation chances.

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