Three things to know about Travel & RV Weather Friday 24 March

** Heads Up ** Major tornado outbreak possible this evening and early tonight over the mid-Mississippi Valley. At greatest risk for strong or intense tornadoes is the area bounded by Memphis TN, Little Rock AR, Shreveport LA and Jackson MS. Have a way (or two) to get official warnings; have a plan of where to go and what to take. Your RV is NOT a tornado shelter.

  • Big severe weather outbreak this evening and tonight from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley.
  • Significant flash flooding threat through Saturday from eastern Oklahoma to the upper Ohio Valley.
  • High winds tomorrow over much of the Midwest spreading into the Northeast Saturday night.

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WA Cascades: Winter Weather Advisories above 2500 feet through Saturday. Additional snow accumulations 6-18 inches. I-90 impacted.

OR Cascades: Winter Storm Warnings through Saturday evening. Additional snow accumulations 10-15 inches below 2000 feet and 1-3 feet above 2500 feet. Wind gusts to 35 mph. I-5, I-84 impacted.

Southwest WA, OR, and northwest CA coastal ranges: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories through Saturday. Snow accumulations will range up to 5 inches below 1000 feet, 5-8 inches between 1000-2000 feet and 8-15 inches above 2500 feet. US-101 impacted.

Northeast OR and adjacent southeast WA Blue Mountains: Winter Weather Advisories continue through early Saturday morning. Additional accumulations of 2-6 inches of snow. I-84 impacted.

— West-central NM near Fallon: Flood Advisory through Monday for minor flooding from controlled dam release. US-50, US-93 potentially impacted.

Southern CA Tehachapi and Grapevine: Winter Weather Advisories through this late this morning. Up to 3 inches snow possible. I-5, CA-58 impacted.

Southern CA western Mojave Desert Slopes, Antelope Valley, Santa Barbara and Ventura county mountains: Wind Advisories this evening through Sunday morning. Wind gusts 45-55 mph. I-5, US-101, CA-58 impacted.


— Northeast MT: Dense Fog Advisories through midday today. US-2 impacted.

Central ID and adjacent southwest MT: Winter Weather Advisories continue through late this morning. Total snowfall accumulations 4-8 inches. US-12, US-93,US-95 impacted.

Most of southern ID: Wind Advisory through midnight tonight. Gusts to 55 mph. I-15, I-84 impacted.

South-central and southwest MT; most of central, northern and western WY along and to the west of I-25; north-central, northeastern and central UT: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories midday today through at least Saturday night. Snow accumulations will range from 8 inches to 2 feet, with 3 feet or more in the Wasatch and Cottonwood Ranges. Winds gusting 40-45 mph. Major highways impacted include I-15, I-25 I-70, I-80, I-90.

Portions of north-central and west-central CO above 8000 feet: Winter Weather Advisories midday today through Saturday morning. 4-8 inches snow and wind gusts to 35 mph. I-70 impacted.

Portions of southeast WY: High Wind Watches tonight through Saturday morning. Gusts to 65 mph possible. I-25, I-80 impacted.

— North-central NM Sangre de Cristo mountains just north of Santa Fe: Winter Weather Advisory through this evening. 3-6 inches snow and wind gusts to 45 mph.

— Eastern NM: Strong winds Saturday. Gusts 45-50 mph. I-25, I-40 impacted.

Southern NM; far-west TX: Wind Advisory through this evening. Gusts to 50 mph. I-10, I-25 impacted.

Southeast NM; adjacent far-west TX: High Wind Warning late this morning through this evening. Gusts to 60 mph. I-10, I-20 (including the split), US-90, US-180, US-285 impacted.


— North-central SD: Dense Fog Advisory this morning.

— Much of central and western TX: Wind Advisories late this morning through this evening. Gusts to 45 mph. I-10, I-20 impacted.

Far-west TX and adjacent southeast NM: High Wind Warning late this morning through this evening. Gusts to 60 mph. I-10, I-20 (including the split), US-90, US-180, US-285 impacted.

— Northwest TX including much of the Panhandle: Strong winds Saturday. Gusts to 35 mph. I-40 impacted.

North-central TX centered on the Dallas-Ft Worth metro area: Severe Thunderstorm Watch through late this morning. Thunderstorms with wind gusts to 70 mph, isolated ping-pong sized hail and a tornado or two all possible. I-20, I-30, I-35, I-45 potentially impacted.

— Northern MS; western TN; northeast AR: Wind Advisories this afternoon and tonight. Gusts to 45 mph. I-22, I-40, I-55 impacted.

Much of central and eastern OK; southern and southeast MO; central and northern AR; southern IL; northwest and north-central KY: Flood Watches and Advisories though Saturday morning. There are already FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS being issued for parts of west-central AR. Widespread areas of 2-4 inches of rain with some locations receiving higher amounts. Greatest risk of flooding will be over the Ozarks and Ohio Valley. I-24, I-35, I-40, I-44, I-55, I-57, I-64, I-69, I-70, I-72, I-74, I-75 potentially impacted.

Most of AR, adjacent southeast OK and eastern TX; LA north of I-10; MS north of I-10; western and northern AL; central and western TN and KY southeast MO: TORNADO OUTBREAK expected this evening Some of these tornadoes may be intense. The areas at greatest risk are northeast LA, west-central and northwest MS, and southeast and east-central AR. Memphis is on this edge of this highest risk region. If you are camping this afternoon or tonight or towing through the area bounded by Memphis, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Jackson, know how to get severe weather warnings and have a plan to seek shelter in a sturdy building. Do not be caught on the highway; your RV is never a tornado shelter. I-20, I-22, I-24, I-30, I-40, I-49, I-55, I-59, I-65 potentially impacted.

— Southwest LA: Wind Advisories this afternoon through early tonight. Gusts to 45 mph. I-10, I-49 impacted.

— Southeast AL; FL Panhandle: Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible on Saturday. I-10, I-85 impacted.

— Central and eastern LA; southern and central MS; southern and central AL: Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible on Sunday. I-10, I-12, I-20, I-49, I-55, I-59, I-85 impacted.

— Western FL Panhandle; southeast AL: Dense Fog Advisories through late this morning. I-10 impacted.

Southeast and east-central WI; northern IL: Winter Weather Advisories late tonight through midday Saturday. 2-5 inches snow. I-39, I-43, I-88, I-90, I-94 impacted.


Northern MI Lower Peninsula: Winter Storm Watch Saturday and Saturday evening. Up to 5-10 inches of snow possible. Wind gusts to 40 mph. I-75, US-31 potentially impacted.

Western NY: High Wind Watches Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. Gusts to 60 mph possible. I-86, I-90 / NY Thruway potentially impacted.

Southern and east-central IN; central and southern OH; northern KY; north-central, northwest and west-central WV, and adjacent southwest PA : Flood Watches this evening through Saturday. Expected widespread regions of 2-4 inches of rain. I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-71, I-74, I-75, I-77, I-79 potentially impacted.

Central and eastern IN; OH; eastern KY; southwest VA; WV; western and northern PA; western and central NY: Strong to high winds late Saturday morning through Saturday night. Gusts 40-60 mph. I-65, I-65 I-68, I-69, I-70, I-71, I-74, I-75, I-76, I-77, I-79, I-80, I-81, I-86, I-88, I-900 / NY Thruway impacted.

Eastern TN along the NC border: High Wind Warnings and Advisories this evening through Saturday evening. Wind gusts 50-65 mph. I-26, I-40 impacted.

— FL Panhandle and southwest GA: Dense Fog Advisories through late this morning. I-10, I-75 impacted.

— Southwest SC; much of GA; FL Panhandle: Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible on Saturday. I-10, I-16, I-20, I-26, I-75, I-77, I-85 potentially impacted.

— Much of southern and central GA: Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible on Sunday. I-16, I-75, I-85 potentially impacted.

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