Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. New Years Eve 2021

** High impact weather day Saturday 1 January 2022 **

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  • Major winter storm moving out of the Southwest and onto the Plains is expected to cause a few tornadoes, large hail, wind damage, and flash flooding across portions of the southern Plains into the Ohio Valley this afternoon through the night.
  • Significant tornado and flash flood threat threat New Year’s Day across Deep South (severe weather), Tennessee (severe weather and flash floods) and Ohio Valleys (flash floods).
  • Accumulating snow, sleet, freezing rain, and bitter cold will impact the Central Plains to the Great Lakes through the weekend.
  • Arctic-like wind chill temperatures continue over the Dakotas and Upper-Midwest.

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Here’s the long-range travel & RV weather outlook (updated last Wednesday evening)

— Central CA: Portions of the Central Valley: Dense Fog Advisory through midday today. CA-99 impacted.

— Southern CA Mountains: Wind Advisories this afternoon and tonight. Gusts to 65 mph. I-8, I-10, I-15 impacted.

— Northwest MT Rocky Mountain Front: Winter Weather Advisory through midday today. 1-3 inches snow expected.

— Northwest MT Rocky Mountain Front: High Wind Watch Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Wind gusts 60-75 mph.

— South-central MT: Winter Weather Advisory through this late this afternoon. A couple additional inches of snow likely, combined with blowing snow and very cold temperatures. I-90 impacted.

— Southwest ID, northeast NV: Winter Weather Advisory through early tonight. 1-3 inches additional snow expected. Advisory area is north of I-80 and south of I-84.

— Southeast ID: Winter Weather Advisories today. Up to 2 inches of snow and extensive blowing snow. I-15, I-84 impacted.

— East-central NV: Winter Weather Advisories today above 5000 feet: 2-5 additional inches possible.

— Northeast, central, southwest UT: Winter Weather Advisories through early Saturday morning. An additional. 6-12 inches snow likely. I-15, I-70, I-80 impacted.

— AZ high terrain above 6000 feet: Winter Weather Advisories through early Saturday morning. Snow accumulations very elevation-dependent. Expect 4-6 inches around Flagstaff. I-17, I-40 impacted.

— Southern WY, most of CO west of I-25, higher terrain of NM west of I-25 and north of I-40: Winter Storm Warnings through tonight (CO) and midday Saturday (NM). Snow will be measured in inches in the valleys and feet in the mountains. I-25, I-40, I-70, I-80 impacted.

— Southern NM, western TX: Expect wind gusts 40-55 mph Saturday afternoon. I-10, I-20 impacted. No advisories issued at this time.

— Northeastern and east-central MT, ND, northern SD, western MN: Wind Chill Warnings through midday Saturday. Wind chill temperatures as low as -45 to -55 deg F. I-94 impacted.

Eastern CO, KS, central and southern NE, central and southern IA, MO except the southeast, west-central and northern IL: Winter Storm Warnings, Watches and Advisories tonight through Saturday night. In general, expect 3-9 inches of snow, winds gusting 30-40 mph, and wind chill temperatures as low as -20 deg F. I-29, I-35, I-70, I-80 will all be highly impacted and likely portions will be closed. I-44 in MO runs along the southeastern and southern edge of the warned area.

— Northeast TX and southeast OK; central and northeast AR; western KY and TN: Slight risk of severe thunderstorms tonight with a few damaging wind gusts and possibly a tornado or two. I-40, I-55, I-65 potentially impacted.

— Northern and central MO and adjacent OK, southeastern AR, southern IL, southern IN, most of KY: Flood Watches this evening through Saturday afternoon. Major highways potentially impacted include I-40, I-55, I-64, I-65.

Eastern AR, TN, northern and central MS; northern AL: Significant threat of severe thunderstorms Saturday, with large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes, a couple of which may be strong. I-40, I-55, I-59, I-65 potentially impacted.

— TN, south and central KY: Expect wind gusts 35-45 mph outside of thunderstorms. I-40, I-55, I-65 impacted. No wind advisories issued at this time.

— Patchy dense fog this morning from southern New England to east TX, including the Gulf Coast and much of the FL Peninsula. Visibility will improve by late morning.

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