Wild, weird weather on the way: Record cold West, record warm East, flooding in the center

Wild, weird weather is coming to the U.S. this week with snow and record cold in the West, record warmth in the East, and a threat of heavy flooding rain in the central part of the USA. Wintry WestWidespread snow will persist through late Tuesday across parts of the western mountains and into the High Plains as a strong cold front slides through the Rockies and into the central U.S., the National Weather Service said. Accumulations will be heavy at times, especially for the central Rockies, where more than 18 inches of snow is possible. The weather service issued winter storm warnings for much of the higher elevations of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, and for parts of the Plains from western South Dakota to northwestern Nebraska, the Weather Channel said.Dangerous winter weather conditions, including blowing snow and high winds, are expected in these areas.Record cold is also forecast in parts of the West, all along the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Portland to Sacramento and Bakersfield, Calif., AccuWeather said. San Francisco will join this list. More: The polar vortex just split. What does that mean for us? Lows Tuesday morning will drop into the 20s in central California. The weather service warned of a frightful night for people, pets and pipes. "Definitely a critically cold night ahead for livestock, pets, outdoor pipes, and lastly valley vegetation which has experienced an earlier than usual spring bloom," the weather service in Hanford, Calif., said."There is concern for some damage to the citrus crop and growers should take precautions," AccuWeather senior agricultural meteorologist Dale Mohler said.Frost and freeze warnings are in place for much of the state.Elsewhere, Arctic air will continue to spill into the northern states, allowing a significant drop in temperatures over the next couple of days, the weather service said.  Record warmth in the EastWhile the Continue Reading

Winter heat wave bakes the Southwest, bringing renewed worries of severe drought

TEMECULA, Calif. — The pear trees are already blooming in Celeste Cantú’s garden.She usually sees the blossoms in late February at her home near Temecula, about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles. But this winter’s extreme warmth triggered the bloom a full month early.As the thermometer hit 80 degrees in her garden, she snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook with the question: “Do you think the three weeks of winter are over in So Ca?"Temecula has had three straight 80-degree days and is expected to be in the 80s or nearly that for at least the next 10 days, according to Weather Underground. A winter heat wave has settled over the Southwest and is bringing record high temperatures to parts of Southern California along with dry, gusty winds that have prompted warnings of fire danger.  ► Jan. 19: Cape Town could be the first major city in the world to run out of water ► Jan. 2: Yes, it's freezing in much of the USA. But climate change is still real. ► Dec. 18: Trump omits climate change from National Security Strategy For Cantú, who has managed water agencies for more than two decades, the extraordinary winter heat is also a stark reminder of how the warming climate is compounding the strains on Western water supplies. “For January, that’s ridiculously warm, and that’s not the first time we’ve hit 80 here this month,” Cantú said. “It makes you feel nervous. It’s not right. It’s too early.”An average January, February or even March day in Temecula tops out at 67 or 68 degrees, according to AccuWeather. Cantú has worked previously for the California State Water Resources Control Board and until last year was general manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. She now leads the Los Angeles-based group Water Education for Latino Leaders. She’s been following the news about the Continue Reading

TX Midland/Odessa TX Zone Forecast

TX Midland/Odessa TX Zone Forecast March 1, 2018 TX Midland/Odessa TX Zone Forecast for Wednesday, February 28, 2018 _____ 591 FPUS54 KMAF 010912 ZFPMAF Zone Forecasts for West Texas/Southeast New Mexico National Weather Service Midland/Odessa TX 312 AM CST Thu Mar 1 2018 Express Newsletters Get the latest news, sports and food features sent directly to your inbox. Sign up Most Popular 1 2 3 4 5 Zone forecast text represents an average of conditions over an entire zone. For point-specific forecasts, please refer to the Point Forecast Matrices product, issued by the National Weather Service Office in Midland/Odessa, WMO header FOUS54 KMAF. TXZ047-048-051>053-012215- Borden-Scurry-Martin-Howard-Mitchell- Including the cities of Gail, Snyder, Stanton, Big Spring, and Colorado City 312 AM CST Thu Mar 1 2018 .TODAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph. .TONIGHT...Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Southeast winds around 10 mph. .FRIDAY...Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. .FRIDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. .SATURDAY...Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. .SATURDAY NIGHT...Increasing clouds. Lows in the lower 50s. .SUNDAY...Sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 70s. .SUNDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. .MONDAY...Cooler, sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. .MONDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. .TUESDAY...Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. .TUESDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. .WEDNESDAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. $$ NMZ029-033-034-TXZ045-046-050-012215- Northern Lea County-Central Lea County-Southern Lea County-Gaines- Dawson-Andrews- Including the cities of Tatum, Hobbs, Lovington, Eunice, Jal, Seminole, Lamesa, and Andrews 312 AM CST Thu Mar 1 2018 /212 AM MST Thu Mar 1 2018/ .TODAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 10 to 20 Continue Reading

Powerful plains storm gathers strength, issuing warnings from Colorado to Illinois

Blinding snow, at times accompanied by thunder and lightning, bombarded much of the nation's midsection Thursday, causing whiteout conditions, shutting down large swaths of interstate highways and forcing schools, businesses and even state legislatures to close. Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, with parts of the state buried under 14 inches of powdery snow, but winter storm warnings stretched from eastern Colorado through Illinois. Freezing rain and sleet were forecast for southern Missouri, southern Illinois and Arkansas. St. Louis received all of the above — a treacherous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Several accidents were blamed on icy and slushy roadways, including two fatal accidents. Most schools in Kansas and Missouri, and many in neighboring states, were closed. Legislatures shut down in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa. "Thundersnow" rumbled through Kansas and Missouri earlier Thursday. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett said that's the result of an unstable air mass, much like a thunderstorm. "Instead of pouring rain, it's pouring snow," Truett said. And pouring was a sound description, with snow falling at a rate of 2 inches per hour or more in some spots. Topeka got 3 inches of snow in one 30-minute period, leaving medical center worker Jennifer Carlock to dread the drive home. "It came on fast," Carlock said as she shoveled around her car. "We're going to test out traction control on the way home." Snow totals passed the foot mark in many places: Monarch Pass, Colo., had 17½ inches, Hutchinson, Kan., 14 inches and Wichita, Kan., 13 inches. A few places in far northern Oklahoma saw between 10 to 13½ inches of snow. The National Weather Service said up to 18 inches of snow were possible in central Kansas. With that in mind, Kansas transportation officials — and even the governor — urged people to simply stay home. Continue Reading

Heat wave heads for eastern U.S. as snow targets West

Though the calendar says it's spring, folks in the East will swelter in summer-like heat this week while some residents of the West will need to break out snow shovels.High temperatures Wednesday through Friday in the eastern U.S. will climb well into the 80s as far north as Maine, while many of the major cities from Boston to New York City, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit will approach or surpass 90 degrees on one or more days this week.Temperatures in many cities will approach record levels, some dating back to the 1800s, AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. Thursday's record high of 96 degrees in Washington, D.C. — set on May 18, 1877, shortly after Rutherford B. Hayes was elected president — could be threatened.High humidity levels will add to the misery. The National Weather Service calls it an "early taste of summer," with the dreaded three h's of haze, heat and humidity.The heat and humidity is courtesy of a bend in the jet stream that's causing an upper-level ridge of high pressure to form along the East Coast, resulting in temperatures 10 to 25 degrees above average, weather.com said. Air sinks under high atmospheric pressure, which prevents clouds from forming.A cold front will allow temperatures to retreat closer to mid-May averages this weekend in the Northeast, weather.com reported. Temperatures will remain warm across the Mid-Atlantic into next weekend, however, with temperatures in the lower 80s, WeatherBug said.Meanwhile, residents of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah will see heavy, wet snow from a developing winter storm. Some mountainous areas will likely see over a foot to as much as 18 inches of snow.Salt Lake City will see a light snow accumulation Wednesday, WeatherBug predicted, while Denver could pick up several inches of slush from Thursday into Friday.The National Weather Service issued various winter storm warnings, winter Continue Reading