The FOX Forecast Center will monitor a series of storm systems across the US that will bring rain, snow and even severe weather to millions of Americans this week.
Your location will mean everything, as temperatures will dictate what kind of precipitation will fall on the frozen variety and where severe weather could develop, including potential tornadoes.
You can stay ahead of disruptive weather by downloading the FOX Weather app. America’s Weather Team will monitor storm systems and send alerts when dangerous weather approaches your area.
These are the four weather events that the FOX Forecast Center will follow this week.
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Storm system bringing wet weather to millions of people on the East Coast
AAA estimated that around 55 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving holiday, and Sunday is expected to be a busy day as everyone heads home.
But a powerful storm system is bringing much-needed rain to the eastern half of the country, and that will likely cause some delays on the roads and even in the sky for those catching a flight home.
“There is a large area of low pressure that we are tracking, and this brings showers and a couple of thunderstorms in and around Atlanta,” said FOX meteorologist Michael Estime.
So for people taking a flight at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, there may be delays and even cancellations due to rain.
Precipitation also extends north in places like Chicago, so passengers heading to Chicago O’Hare International Airport should call ahead to make sure flights are still scheduled and on time before heading to the airport.
The storm system will continue moving east through the day on Sunday, bringing wet weather to places including Washington, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
“Speaking of New York, we expect wet weather to move in around noon (Sunday),” Estime said. “So if you’re going to travel to any of the New York airports, expect rain.”
And while the rain will fall mostly in the Northeast and New England, some areas in the higher elevations could see snow by the time the system ends Monday.
“Places like Burlington, Vermont, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine, a couple of snowflakes are getting ready to move in at dawn Monday,” Estime said.
In terms of rainfall totals, this will not be a flood weather event.
“On average, about a half inch of rain is possible,” Estime said. “A couple places, in and around Toledo, Ohio, I-75 there, it could go up about an inch, maybe two inches in the heaviest rain bands.”
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Severe storms, including tornadoes, possible in the South this week
As that storm system moves out of the country on Monday, another will approach parts of the south on Tuesday. That system could unleash severe thunderstorms, including some tornadoes, in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.
This threat comes after the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado in St. Charles Parish, west of New Orleans, on Saturday.
The tornado touched down in the town of Boutte and downed trees and the roof of a building, causing damage to several other buildings between Wisner Street and Highway 306 in Paradis.
“As we look ahead to Tuesday, there is considerable confidence that we have a chance of severe weather again, likely to affect parts of East Texas through Louisiana to Mississippi,” FOX meteorologist Craig Herrera said. “The possibility extends into parts of Kentucky and also into Tennessee.”
Herrera said the timing of the storms is still in doubt, but it appears severe weather could develop Tuesday night overnight.
“The possibility of tornadoes is there, some damaging winds and some hail as well with this one,” Herrera said.
And the tornadoes that do develop could be strong (EF-2 or higher).
So if you’re among the millions of people who live in Shreveport and Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee, you should keep the FOX Weather App handy and have notifications turned on in case tornado warnings are issued during the night.
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Snow is expected from the Rocky Mountains to the Midwest
Snow is expected to fall Monday night in western Nebraska and South Dakota as an area of low pressure moves away from the Rocky Mountains, according to the FOX Forecast Center.
As the low begins to strengthen, the snow will increase in coverage and intensity on Tuesday.
That means the snow will likely stretch from Colorado to Minnesota, and during the second half of Tuesday, a heavier band of snow is expected to develop in eastern Nebraska, southern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.
Those are the places where the snow totals will be the highest.
The FOX Forecast Center believes at least 3 inches of snow could fall, and some locations could see snow totals of up to 6 inches in some areas.
If you’ll be on the roads Tuesday and Wednesday, travel may be slower along I-80, I-90, and I-35.
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Series of storms to impact the Northwest
Temperatures will be much cooler in the Pacific Northwest, and wet weather could last through the business week.
“Traveling today, it’s going to be a tough day, especially over the Cascades,” Herrera said. “We just had Apple Cup, so people headed to eastern Washington and are trying to get back to western Washington, or students are trying to get back to the Cascades. It’s going to be hard. If they can postpone the trip , that would be great because of the falling snow.”
Rain will fall in low-lying areas, such as Seattle, over the next few days.
Winter weather watches have been posted for the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border to the Oregon-California border.
And the FOX Forecast Center believes up to three feet of snow could fall before the storm system retreats.
Seattle will be cold and temperatures there will be low enough to allow a few snowflakes to fall. However, winter weather impacts on the Emerald City are expected to be limited.
Winter weather caused some treacherous driving conditions Saturday in southeast Washington, and the Washington State Patrol reported responding to several accidents where icy fog and slippery roads were to blame.
The FOX Forecast Center also believes another round of winter precipitation will begin midweek and could last through the weekend.
Forecast models show some heavy snow impacting the Cascades, which could lead to officials closing the mountain passes for travel.
Some of the moisture could also make it as far south as California and the Sierra Nevada, which are in desperate need of rain.
Large areas of California and Nevada are experiencing drought conditions that have been classified as extreme and exceptional.