Three things to know about weather for RVers and travelers Thursday 29 June

  • Dangerous heat will continue expanding east through the Lower Mississippi Valley and Mid-South and into the Southeast through Friday. The heat expands into interior California and the Southwest this weekend.
  • Focus of the severe thunderstorms moves eastward the next couple of days to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.
  • Wildfire smoke eases after today.

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From the RV Weather Summer Office in Moose Wyoming:

These are the most significant weather impacts to RV travel over the next two to three days. I do not list every area of rain, showers, or breezy winds. (It would be exhausting for both of us!). Please check out the animations and graphics for a good depiction of the weather along your route.


— East-central CA including Mono County and eastern slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada: Flood Watches Friday through Tuesday for snow melt. Flooding impacting rural roads and campgrounds is likely. US-395 potentially impacted.

— CA Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys: Excessive Heat Warnings Friday through Sunday. High temperatures 100-110 deg F. I-5, I-80, CA-99 impacted.

— Much of southeast CA; southern NV: Excessive Heat Watches Saturday through Monday. High temperatures well over 100 deg below 5000 feet. I-8, I-10, I-15, I-40, US-396, CA-58 potentially impacted.


— East-central and southeast WY: Flood Watch this afternoon through Friday afternoon for additional heavy rainfall from multiple passing thunderstorms. I-25 potentially impacted.

Southeast WY; eastern CO: A few strong to severe thunderstorms possible today. Marginally severe winds, large to very large hail, and an isolated tornado all possible. I-25, I-70, I-76, I-80 potentially impacted.

Eastern CO: Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible Friday. Wind and hail are the primary threats. I-70, I-76 potentially impacted.

— West-central and southwest CO: Red Flag (fire danger) Warnings late this morning through this evening. Gusts to 35 mph. I-70 impacted.

— East-central and northeast AZ; northwest NM: Strong winds this afternoon and evening. Gusts to 35 mph. I-40 impacted.

— Western, southwest and south-central AZ: Excessive Heat Watch Saturday through Tuesday. Afternoon temperatures 109 – 117 deg F. I-8, I-10, I-19, I-40 potentially impacted.


— Central, east-central and northeast MN: Dense Fog Advisories this morning. I-35, I-94 impacted.

— Western NE: Flood Watch this afternoon through Friday afternoon for additional heavy rainfall from multiple passing thunderstorms. I-80 potentially impacted.

South-central and southeast NE; north-central and northeast KS: Severe Thunderstorm Watch through mid-morning. Tennis Ball sized hail and wind gusts to 75 mph possible. I-80 potentially impacted.

Portions of central and east-central IL: Severe Thunderstorm Watch through mid-morning. Two-inch sized hail and wind gusts to 65 mph possible. I-39, I-55, I-57, I-70, I-74, I-80 potentially impacted.

Southern and central NE; western and northern KS; central and southern IA; northern MO; most of IL; western KY; north-central TN: Expect severe thunderstorms today and this evening. Damaging winds and hail possible across the entire region. Greatest risk for tornadoes is over most of IL and northwest KY; an isolated tornado or two also possible over NE. Greatest risk of large hail extends from southeast IA and northeast MO and most of IL except far southern portion of state. I-24, I-29, I-35, I-55, I-57, I-64, I-70, I-72, I-74, I-80, I-88 potentially impacted.

Southern NE; western and northern KS; southern IA; northern MO: Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible Friday. I-29, I-35, I-70, I-80 potentially impacted.

Central and southeast IL: Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds possible Friday afternoon and evening. I-55, I-57, I-70, I-72, I-74 potentially impacted.

— Central and east-central MO; central and southern IL; western KY: Severe thunderstorms possible Saturday and Saturday evening. I-44, I-55, I-57, I-64, I-65, I-70, I-72, I-74 potentially impacted.

— Eastern OK; northeast TX; northern, central and eastern LA; most of AR; southeast MO; far-west KY; western and central TN; MS; central, east-central and northeast AL: Excessive Heat Warnings through Friday. Heat index values may reach 115 deg F. I-10, I-12, I-20, I-24, I-30, I-40, I-44, I-49, I-55, I-59, I-65 impacted.


— Coastal ME and southern NH: Dense Fog Advisories this morning. I-93, I-95, US-1 impacted.

— MI, OH, PA, NY, NJ, MD, DC, northern VA: Wildfire smoke continues to impact air quality today. Smoke decreases in concentration beginning on Friday.

Western, central and southern IN; central KY: Severe thunderstorms likely to develop today. Damaging winds, large hail and a tornado or two are all possible. Greatest risk will be over southwest IN. I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74, I-80, I-90, I-94, IN Toll Road potentially impacted.

Central and southern IN; central and eastern KY; eastern TN; far-northern GA; western NC; southwest VA; southwest WV; southwest OH: Thunderstorms with damaging winds possible on Friday. I-24, I-26, I-40, I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-71, I-74, I-75, I-77, I-81 potentially impacted.

— Central and southern IN; central and southern OH; central and eastern KY; central and eastern TN; northern GA; western NC; central and southwest VA; most of WV: Severe thunderstorms possible Saturday. I-24, I-26, I-40, I-64, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-71, I-74, I-75, I-77, I-79, I-81, I-85 potentially impacted.

Click here for the extended outlook (updates every Thursday and Sunday evening).

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Severe thunderstorm risk Thursday and Thursday night 29 June
Total rainfall amounts for the next three days

All the graphics (and more!) I used to attach to the daily forecast are now accessible with this link.

Current Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center

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