Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Thursday 3 February

** High Impact Weather Days ** through Friday. Expect heavy snows from New Mexico to New England. Ice Storm Warnings for the mid Mississippi and lower Ohio Valley. Travel along much of I-10, I-20, I-40, I-70, I-80, I-90, I-25, I-35, I-65, I-75, I-95 will be severely disrupted.

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  • A large-scale winter storm will impact the Central, Eastern and Southern U.S. today and Friday
    • Heavy snow is expected from the southern Rockies to northern New England.
    • Heavy ice accretion is likely from Texas to Pennsylvania.
    • Severe thunderstorms could produce all hazards, heavy rainfall, and localized flash flooding across the central Gulf Coast.
    • Flooding is possible from West Virginia, through the Tennessee Valley to Alabama.
  • Strong winds continue through Friday over portions of Southern California.
  • Much of Texas will experience overnight lows in the single digits and teens through Saturday night.

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

— Southeast WA, northeast OR, north-central ID (south of I-90): Winter Weather Advisory through late this morning. 5-10 inches total snow over the Blue Mountains and 2-5 inches elsewhere. I-84 impacted.

— Southern CA Los Angeles County and Santa Ana Mountains, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange San Diego Counties; the Inland Empire: High Wind Warnings, Watches (LA County) and Advisories through Friday. Gusts 50-60 mph, except gusts 60-70 mph in the Mountains. I-5, I-8, I-10, I-15 impacted.

— Southeast ID: Freezing Fog Advisory through late this morning at the junction of I-15 and I-84.

— AZ/NV border and AZ/CA border along the Colorado River Valley: Wind Advisory today. Gusts to 40 mph. I-40 impacted.

— Northwest and north-central MT, east of the Rocky Mountain Front: High Wind Watch Friday. Gusts to 60 mph except gusts to 75 mph along the Rocky Mountain Front. I-15 impacted.

— Northwest, central and south-central MT: Winter Weather Advisories through midday today for blowing and drifting snow. Wind gusts may reach 40 mph. I-15, I-90 impacted.

Central and eastern NM; almost all of TX; OK; AR; most of MO; central and southern IL; KY; northern and western TN; IN; southern MI; OH; almost all of WV; central and western MD; almost all of PA; NY; northern NJ; MT; CT; RI; VT; NH; ME: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories. From I-25 eastward to I-75, most of these warnings expire by early Friday morning. East of I-75, the warnings and advisories will expire by Friday evening. I-10, I-20, I-30, I-40, I-70, I-80, I-90, I-25, I-35, I-45, I-55, I-65, I-75, I-95 are among the many highways impacted. I will highlight a few of the specific warnings. below.

— Far-west TX; central and northeast TX: Expect periods of freezing rain, sleet and snow. Accumulations will range from 3-5 inches in far-west TX, 2-4 inches in northeast TX and about an inch north of Houston.

— Portions of southeast TX: Hard Freeze Warning tonight and Friday morning. Low temperatures around 20 deg F.

— South TX Gulf Coast: Wind Advisory through midnight tonight. Gusts. To 35 mph.

Northwest MS and adjacent AR; western TN; central and western KY; southern IN: Ice Storm Warning through early Friday morning. Freezing rain and sleet, sometimes heavy, will produce enough ice to potentially take down trees and power lines and make untreated roads impassible.

Southeast LA; southern MS; southwest AL; western FL Panhandle: Thunderstorms capable of damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are possible today into this evening.

— Southeast LA and MS and AL coasts: Dense Fog Advisory this morning. I-10 impacted.

Most of WV; eastern KY; central and eastern TN; extreme southwest NC; central and northern AL: Flood Watches through Friday morning.

— TN/NC Border: High Wind Warning through tonight. Gust to 70 mph expected. I-26, I-40 impacted.

— Northeast OH; much of upstate NY; interior New England: Heavy snow through Friday morning. Accumulations generally 6-14 inches.

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