Travel & RV Weather Extended Outlook through Saturday 2 April

March goes out like a Lion…

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.

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Here is the latest short term weather forecast.

Changes to the web-site! I have moved most of the routine graphics that had been at the bottom of each forecast onto a set of tabs on the homepage. Additionally, many of these tabs will not update automatically with the latest graphic, rather than waiting for me to do that manually.

All the information (and more!) you have come to expect is still here. Here are permanent bookmarks for animations, the short-range graphics (what had been attached to each forecast) and the medium-range graphics.

The daily forecasts will now be much lower bandwidth and have many fewer graphics. Those graphics will be targeted to specific weather situations of interest for that particular forecast. Let me know what you think of the changes!!

  • Just like last week, a strong storm comes through the center of the country midweek bringing widespread strong winds, heavy rain, snow to the Upper Midwest and Severe Weather to the Deep South.
  • The West will cool down and the East will warm up … a bit … after Tuesday. Staying cooler than average though in much of the East for the first part of April
  • The early week California and Southwest rains do not portend a big change in rainfall outlook for the West — it will remain mostly dry after Tuesday.

Significant weather to watch out for:


— Rain spreads into the Southwest and Great Basin on Tuesday, then into the Central and Southern Rockies.

— Very windy on Tuesday across the southeastern half of NM, west TX, OK and KS.

— Low pressure forms east of the CO Rockies. Perhaps some severe thunderstorms Tuesday evening over the Central and Southern Plains

Wednesday: Wednesday will be a challenging travel day across much of the Central and Southern US:

— Rain turns to snow over the central Rockies Tuesday night into Wednesday

— Snow spreads in to MN, with some freezing rain possible in both parts of MI and PA.

Strong cold front moves through the Mississippi Valley, creating the potential for another significant severe weather event. Once again, LA, MS, AL will be in the bullseye.

— Expect heavy rains from north to south across the country, from I-35 in the west to the Appalachians in the east.

— Strong winds also expected across the Central and Northern Plains, and ahead of the front across the Deep South and up the Mississippi Valley.


— The severe weather decreases in intensity and magnitude, but could still see some severe activity over the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

— Some snow for the Upper Midwest and substantial rains for the Northeast and northern FL.

— Strong winds likely over the Southeast.

— Snow breaks out over the Northern and Central Rockies.


— The midweek storm pushes into eastern Quebec, but brings rain, snow and gusty winds to NY and New England.

— Snow lingers over the Northern Rockies.


— A new storm forms over the Southern Plains, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms to the central Gulf Coast and up into the middle Mississippi River Valley.

— Some mixed precipitation is possible on the northern edge, around MO, IL and KY.

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