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.
- A dynamic weather week ahead, with several significant and fast-moving storms..
- Becoming colder with more snow in the West.
- East remains abnormally warm with little snow.
- Wettest conditions will be over the Ohio River Valley.
Outlook for Tuesday – Thursday 7-9 December:
— Rain ends over CA on Tuesday.
— Next Pacific storm brings valley rain and mountain snows to the Northwest Tuesday night and Wednesday.
— On Wednesday, expect significant snows for the inter-mountain West.
— Some rain develops in the Southeast on Wednesday.
— On Thursday, the storm intensifies over the Southwest, bringing snow to the Great Basin, UT, WY and CO, and some rain to central and southern CA.
— Strong winds over the southwest Thursday and Friday.
— Scattered showers and rain also develop from the Gulf Coast northward to the Great Lakes.
Outlook for Friday – Sunday 10-12 December:
— Friday will break the snow drought for Denver and the Central Rockies. Snowstorm will move across the Plains and into the Upper Midwest.
— Unsettled weather for Friday with rain and showers east of the Mississippi River
— On Saturday, a major storm moves into the Pacific Northwest.
— Another significant storm brings rain and thunderstorms with a chance of severe weather, from the Gulf Coast, up the Ohio River Valley, to the Northeast.
— On Sunday, expect rain in the East with some snow and freezing rain in northern NY and northern New England.
— Continued rain in WA and OR with higher elevation snows.
— High winds return to the Northern Rockies and adjacent western High Plains over the weekend.
Here is the temperature and precipitation outlooks for Sunday – Friday 5-10 December
Here is the temperature and precipitation outlooks for Saturday – Wednesday 11-15 December
Here is the temperature and precipitation outlooks for Monday – Sunday 13-19 December