Three things to know about Travel & RV Weather Thursday 23 March

  • Severe weather threat this afternoon through Saturday stretching from central Texas to the Southeast.
    • Big severe outbreak and strong tornadoes possible Friday over the lower Mississippi Valley.
  • Significant flash flooding possible this afternoon through Friday from eastern Oklahoma to the upper Ohio Valley.
  • High winds Friday over west Texas and the I-10/I-20 split.

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WA and OR Cascade Mountains; southwest WA, OR and northwest CA coastal Mountains: Winter Storm Warnings (OR Cascades) and Advisories above 2500 feet midday today through Saturday. Snow accumulation could reach 1-3 feet in the Cascades and 6-12 inches in the coastal ranges. Higher snow amounts above 3500 feet. Wind gusts to 40 mph. I-5 (Grants Pass), US-101 impacted.

— Much of south-central WA and north-central OR, including the eastern Columbia River Gorge: Wind Advisories this afternoon and tonight. Gusts to 45 mph. I-82, I-84, US-97, US-395 impacted.

Northeast OR and adjacent southeast WA Blue Mountains: Winter Weather Advisories midday today through early Saturday morning. 6-10 inches of snow and wind gusts to 45 mph. I-84 impacted.

CA Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains: Winter Weather Advisories through late tonight. 5-10 inches snow and wind gusts to 40 mph. Snow levels 3500-4500 feet. I-80, US-50 impacted.

— East-central NV Ruby Mountains: Winter Weather Advisory this afternoon through Friday morning. 5-15 inches of snow and wind gusts to 45 mph. This area is just south of I-80 and just west of US-93.

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

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


— North-central and northeast MT: Dense Fog Advisories through midday today. I-15 impacted.

Portions of south-central and southwest MT; adjacent north-central WY: Winter Storm Watches Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. 3-7 inches snow in lower elevations and 7-14 inches in higher passes and the mountains. I-15, US-89 potentially impacted.

— West-central ID: Winter Weather Advisory today and tonight. 3-5 inches snow in high-terrain valleys and up to a foot of snow in the mountains.

South-central ID: Wind Advisory Friday into Friday night. Gusts to 50 mph. I-15, I-84 impacted.

South-central and southeast NM: adjacent far-west TX: Wind Advisories late this morning through late this evening. Gusts to 50 mph. US-180, US-285, US-380 impacted. This area is just east of US-54.

Southeast NM and adjacent far-west TX: High Wind Watch Friday and Friday night. Gusts to 70 mph possible. I-10, I-20 (including the split), US-180, US-285 potentially impacted.


— Much of northwest and central ND: Dense Fog Advisories through midday today. I-94 impacted.

— West-central and southwest TX: Strong winds this afternoon and evening. Gusts to 40 mph. I-10, I-20 impacted.

Far-western TX: High Wind Watch Friday and Friday night. Gusts to 70 mph possible. I-10, I-20 (including the split), US-180, US-285 potentially impacted.

Much of eastern OK; southern and southeast MO; northern AR; southern IL; northwest and north-central KY: Flood Watches this afternoon through late Friday night. 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.

West-central and north-central TX; central and eastern OK; northwest AR: Severe thunderstorms capable of large hail and damaging winds possible between Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. There is a possibility these severe storms will extend north and east through MO, into IL and southwest IN. I-10, I-20, I-35, I-40, I-44 impacted.

Most of AR; LA north of I-10; eastern TX; MS north of I-10; western and northern AL; central and western TN and KY: Supercell severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging wind gusts and strong tornadoes Friday. Greatest risk over east-central and northeast LA, west-central MS and southeast AR. I-20, I-22, I-24, I-30, I-40, I-55, I-59, I-65 potentially impacted. I-10, I-12, and I-64 are on the edges of this risk area.

— Southern AL; FL Panhandle: Dense Fog Advisories through late this morning. I-10, I-65, I-85 impacted.

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

— Southern, southeast and east-central WI: Snow Saturday. 3-8 inches likely. I-39, I-43, I-90 impacted.


Southern IN; southern OH; northern KY; west-central WV: 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 potentially impacted.

— Central and western 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.

— Far-northern ME: Winter Weather Advisory through tonight. 4-7 inches snow.

— Most of northern, central and western GA; FL Panhandle; most of SC; portions of southwest and south-central NC: Dense Fog Advisories through late morning. I-10, I-16, I-20, I-26, I-40, I-75, I-77, I-85, I-95 impacted.

— Central and northern MI Lower Peninsula: Snow Saturday and Saturday night. 3-5 inches likely. I-69, I-75, US-31 impacted.

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