Powerful Weekend System: Wind, Snow, Severe Storms

Brian IveyNational, Ohio, USLeave a Comment


The storm we are watching for the weekend is making headlines as it moves across the Desert Southwest. Las Vegas has had accumulating snow and places in Arizona like Flagstaff have seen well over a FOOT of the white stuff.

This low pressure system will eject northeast and rapidly strengthen by the time it makes it into Michigan. a super intense jet stream will move east and greatly help out the current system. Winds several thousand feet off the ground will be well over 100 mph, but what’s concerning is they don’t die down a ton in the lowest couple thousand feet.

The storm system pulls in a ton of Gulf moisture and will have plenty of energy and spin to work with. This creates a multi-faceted system with severe storms erupting across the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio Valley’s. A line of storms will be generated and quickly become intense across the Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana Saturday. This line of strong to severe storms will race northeast, crossing into western Ohio and Kentucky late Saturday afternoon into the evening. The Storm Prediction Center has an enhanced risk outlook of severe storms across much of the Tennessee and lower Mississippi Valley for Saturday. SPC has also placed a marginal risk for severe weather across much of Ohio for late Saturday.

Very cold air will be pulled into the northern and western side of the system. The low tracks from Oklahoma to Illinois and into Michigan. Heavy snow and icing will be common from Kansas to the northern half of Michigan. Major gusty winds will cause blizzard conditions.
The clash of air masses will bring an ideal spring-like severe weather setup that should feature some tornadoes in the warm sector.
If you’re not seeing severe weather or snow you likely won’t miss out on the rain or wind. Heavy rain is in store in southern Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York City.

The wind will be a big ticket item. gusts to 50-60 mph could be common across the region due to such a powerful storm and it’s interactions with a strong high pressure system in Canada. That pressure gradient difference is what creates strong wind as the air flows from a high to a low. The main wind threat is Saturday night through Sunday.

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