As well-fed vacation travelers pack their bags, hit the road and settle on planes this weekend, widespread rain and snow could cause delays on the journey home.
Several weather systems are forecast to affect regions of the US on Saturday and Sunday, including two in the Northeast and another pair dumping snow in parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Multiple storms are also expected to move across the Southeast this weekend, with many areas receiving up to 1 inch of rain through Sunday night, while Texas faces dueling snow and rain conditions.
After Friday’s rain, two separate systems will dampen weekend travel plans in the Northeast and Midwest over the weekend.
Saturday will bring a respite of sunshine, the National Weather Service forecasts, before a cold front brings more wet and windy conditions on Sunday.
“Precipitation will fall as rain for most, but mixed winter precipitation will be possible in northern New England and parts of the Great Lakes region,” the National Weather Service said.
Widespread rain totals of 1 to 3 inches are forecast across much of the eastern US through the weekend. Dry conditions are expected to return to the region as the system moves away from the East Coast on Monday, according to the NWS.
Those traveling through Texas could face a difficult journey this weekend, as the state sees heavy snowfall in western counties and rain that can cause flooding in the east.
Winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories, and a blizzard warning are in effect for West Texas and southeastern New Mexico through Saturday morning, when snowfall is expected to begin to abate.
Widespread snowfall totals of 4 inches are expected in the winter storm warning area. Those under a blizzard warning in West Texas are forecast to receive total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches and wind gusts up to 60 mph.
In western areas of the state and along the Gulf Coast, heavy rains overnight and Saturday morning could overwhelm ground already saturated from Friday’s rains, posing the threat of scattered flash flooding in some areas. areas.
Areas near the Gulf Coast are expected to see 2 to 3 inches of rain through Saturday morning, though some locations could see higher amounts, the forecast center said. Parts along the Gulf are at moderate risk of excessive rainfall and could experience more significant flash flooding.
Farther east, storm conditions can make driving dangerous in some areas, including around Mobile, Alabama, where severe storms could hit Saturday, and in central North Carolina, where occasional gusts of wind could hit 40 mph Sunday afternoon and evening, according to National Weather. Service.
A combination of snow and wind could create hazardous travel conditions in parts of the Northwest this weekend as the region is affected by two frontal systems.
The system that brought higher-altitude rain and snow across the Pacific Northwest on Friday will move into the Intermountain West on Saturday. Even heavier rain and mountain snow will follow as the second system moves into the Cascades and northern Rocky Mountains Sunday through Monday.
Some areas could see 1-2 feet of snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph through the weekend, with the heaviest snowfall on Sunday.
Drivers should be careful on snow-covered roads in the Cascades on Sunday and Monday, the NWS Portland office said.
Winter Storm Advisories and Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for areas expected to be heavily impacted.