Travel & RV Weather Extended Outlook through Saturday 9 April

Winter snows, high winds, severe weather, and near-record heat all on tap…

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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  • A very active weather week ahead.
  • Strong storm pushes into the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain snow, and high winds for much of the Northwest, Northern and Central Rockies, and Western and Northern High Plains.
  • Another storm will move through the Gulf States to the Mid-Atlantic, bringing heavy rains, thunderstorms and high chances of severe weather Monday through Thursday.
  • Warmer than average this week over CA, the Great Basin, the Southwest, and Northeast.
  • CA and the desert Southwest will see near record heat Thursday and Friday.
  • Cooler than average over the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys, and along the Gulf Coast.

Significant weather to watch out for:


— Strong storm impacts OR, WA and moves into ID, northwest MT and northwest WY, bringing heavy rain and substantial snow to the higher elevations.

— Strong winds also spread across the Pacific Northwest, ID, western MT and WY.

— Chance of severe weather over central and eastern TX and the lower Mississippi Valley.


— New storm develops over the central Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rain, thunderstorms and the chance of severe weather along the northern Gulf Coast and into the Southeast.

— Strong winds expected for the Northern and Central Rockies, spreading out onto the High Plains.

— Rain for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest


— The Gulf Coast storm moves to the Middle Atlantic region, bringing rain, showers and thunderstorms from PA southward to FL.

— The severe weather threat will be concentrated in the Tennessee Valley and GA.

— The 2nd storm strengthens over MN. This storm brings rain with an associated front from the Ohio Valley south and westward to the Lower Mississippi Valley. Very strong to high winds develop over eastern WY, western SD, eastern CO and much of NE. Both I-80 and I-90 will be significantly impacted by these winds.


— Rain moves through the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Some rain also for the Midwest.

— Strong winds over the Plains from the Dakotas to OK; however winds will not be as strong as they were on Wednesday.

— Possibility of severe weather over eastern NC and southeast VA.

— Very warm for CA and the desert Southwest. High temperatures in parts of CA will be in the mid-90s.


— Continued unsettled weather with rain and showers from the Great Lakes to the Mid-South, and east to the Middle Atlantic and Northeast.

— Another hot day for CA and the Southwest: 90’s in CA and near 100 deg in the AZ desert.


— Still unsettled in the East.

— New storm moves onshore WA and OR, bringing more rain and mountain snows.

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