Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Thursday 9 December 2021

  • A developing storm will impact the western mountain ranges today.
  • This storm will track inland across portions of the Rockies, High Plains and upper Mississippi River Valley Friday into Saturday.
  • Chance for severe weather – including STRONG TORNADOES – from the Ohio Valley into the lower Mississippi River Valley Friday evening and Friday night.

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Here’s the long-range travel & RV weather outlook (updated Wednesday 8 December)

— WA and OR Cascades above 2000 feet: Winter Weather Advisories through this evening. Expect an additional 4-8 inches snow. I-90 impacted.

— WA Cascades above 3000 feet: Winter Storm Watch Friday evening through Saturday evening for 1-2 feet of snow and wind gusts up to 35 mph. I-90 impacted.

— Northeast OR and adjacent WA Blue Mountains: Winter Weather Advisory through Friday morning. 5-8 inches snow likely.

— Northeast and central CA, along and east of the Sierras; higher elevations of eastern, central and western NV: Winter Storm Advisories through Thursday afternoon. 2-5 inches snow in the lower valleys, 3-6 inches expected 4000-6000 feet; 6-12 inches possible above 7000 feet. Winds could gust up to 40 mph. I-80, US-50, US-395 impacted.

— Southern CA interior: Wind Advisories through this afternoon. Gusts 45-50 mph. I-5, I-8, I-10, I-15, I-40, CA-58 impacted.

— Northern and northeast ID, adjacent MT: Winter Weather Advisories this afternoon and tonight. 2-6 inches snow likely. I-90 impacted.

— West-central ID: Winter Storm Watch Saturday morning through Sunday night. 5-9 inches snow below 6000 feet and up to. 1-2 feet of snow above 6000 ft. I-84 is just to the south of the watch area.

— MT Rocky Mountain Front and eastward: High Wind Watch Friday evening through Saturday evening. Gusts 75-90 mph along the Rocky Mountain Front and gusts to 60 to the east. I-15 impacted.

— Southwest MT Madison County: High Wind Watch late Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Gusts to 60 mph.

— Southwest, central, northeast UT; southern and southeast WY; western and central CO; north-central NM; southwest and south-central SD; northwest and north-central NE: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories through Friday evening. Snow will end west to east, first tapering off in UT tonight. Accumulations will vary between 4-8 inches in the valleys to 1-2 feet in the mountains. I-15, I-25, I-70, I-80, I-90 will all be significantly impacted.

— Northeast and east-central NM: High Wind Watch late tonight through Friday evening. Gusts to 60 mph. I-25, I-40 impacted.

— Southeast SD, northeast NE, southern MN, northern IA, central and northern WI, MI Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula: Winter Storm Watches Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. 5-12 inches of snow possible and wind gusts to 35 mph. I-29, I-35, I-75, I-90, I-94 impacted. I-80 is to the south of the watch area.

Southern IL, southwest IN, western KY, western TN, southeast MO, eastern AR, northwest MS: Severe thunderstorms likely Friday evening and Friday night. Some strong tornadoes possible Friday night – these have the potential to be dangerous storms. I-20, I-40, I-49, I-55, I-64, I-65 potentially impacted.

— Extreme western TN, along the NC border: High Wind Watch Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Gusts to 65 mph. I-40 impacted.

— Southeast MS, southern AL, central and northeast GA, most of SC: Dense Fog Advisories through mid to late morning. Highways impacted include I-10, I-16, I-20, I-26, I-59, I-65, I-75, I-95

— Central FL, especially along the Gulf Coast: Dense Fog Advisories through midmorning. I-4, I-75, I-95 impacted.

— MI along the Lake Michigan shoreline: Winter Weather Advisories through midday. 1-3 inches additional accumulation possible. US-31 impacted.

— Western NY down wind of Lakes Erie and Ontario: High Wind Watches Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Gusts to 65 mph possible. I-90 / NY Thruway and I-81 impacted.

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