Travel & RV Weather Extended Outlook through Monday 27 February

Extended outlooks are more general in nature than the daily short term forecasts. Beyond a week, there is often significant uncertainty in the location and intensity of specific weather events. I will note where there is less, or greater, confidence than normal in these extended outlooks.

Click here for animations of the coming week’s weather, updated daily.

Significant weather to watch out for this coming week:

  • Major storm this week west of I-25 and north of I-80
    • East of the Rockies, snow mostly stays north of I-90
    • Freezing rain and sleet (especially Thursday) between I-80 and I-90
    • Near hurricane force wind gusts over the Southwest on Wednesday.
      • Watch out for dust storms and sudden drops in visibility!
    • Some severe weather over the lower Mississippi River Valley on Wednesday – but not a big outbreak.
  • The West Coast stays wet, snowy and cold this week into the weekend.
    • Low elevations snows over western Oregon, northwest California and the southern California mountains.
  • Next big storm moves out of the Southwest this Sunday and into the Plains early next week.
    • This storm will be another high wind and snow event for the Southwest.
  • Big temperature contrasts across the US: Expect midweek high temperatures near 90 deg F in southern Texas while wind chill values will be -30 deg F at the same time on the other end of I-29 / I-35 in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
  • At or above normal temperatures, and generally dry weather over Texas, Florida and the Southeast.
  • Big swings in temperatures this week over the Plains, Midwest and Northeast.

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