Travel & RV Weather Extended Outlook through Sunday 17 April

Middle of April? Or middle of November?

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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  • For much of the Country, a very stormy and cold weather week ahead.
  • The Northern Plains may see a historical blizzard Tuesday through Thursday morning with 1-2 feet of snow and high winds.
  • Significant severe weather outbreak probable across the Southern Plains, Lower Mississippi, and Mid-Missouri Valleys
  • Unsettled and cold weather for northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Snow levels between 1500 – 4000 feet.
  • High wind episodes across the Southwest (Tuesday), Western Plains (Wednesday), Northern Plains and Upper Midwest (Thursday – Friday) and New England (Sunday).

Significant weather to watch out for:

Tuesday :

— Heavy snow for MT, ND, western SD, WY, CO Rockies

— Up to 1-2 feet of snow for much of ND by Wednesday night

— Snow for OR Cascades

— Strong winds with gusts 45-60 mph across the Four-Corner States, OK, KS.

— Severe weather probable in an area between Des Moines IL and Dallas TX


— Heavy snow continues over ND

— Snow also for parts of OR, ID, WY, MT and CO

— Heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Mississippi Valley from LA northwards to MN.

— Severe weather likely over AR and MO, northern LA, MS and western TN. Some strong tornadoes expected.

— Wind gusts 45-55 mph across the Dakotas, CO and NM Rockies and eastward to the TX Panhandle.


— Snow continues for ND and moves into northern MN.

— Rain and snow for WA, OR, northern CA and ID.

— Frontal system with rain, thunderstorms, and possibly some severe weather pushes eastward through the East Coast and out into the Atlantic.

— Expect wind gusts 35-55 mph across much of SD, MN, WI and MI.


— Another storm for OR and northern CA. Snow for the northern CA Sierra Nevada, ID and western MT.

— Rain and thunderstorms for the central Gulf Coast States.

— Strong winds gusting 30-45 mph across the Upper Midwest, MI, western PA and western NY.


— Snow for the northern and western High Plains.

— Nor’easter brings heavy rains to New England. Maybe some wet snow to the higher elevations of northern New England.

— Thunderstorms and a chance of severe weather in IA and MO.

— Strong winds for the CA Sierra Nevada, Great Basin, WY, and CO.


— Snow in the Northern Plains.

— Rain in much of the Mississippi Valley, spreading east into the Ohio Valley.

— Nor’easter exits New England, but not before bringing heavy rain, high elevation snow and high winds.

— Strong winds over the Central Plains.

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