Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Tuesday 1 February

** High Impact Weather Days ** tonight through Friday. Expect heavy snows from New Mexico to New England. Increasing chances of a major Ice Storm for the Ohio Valley. Travel along much of I-40, I-70, I-80, I-90, I-25, I-35, I-65, I-75 will be severely disrupted.

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  • A major winter storm is set to bring disruptive snow and ice accumulations from the Rockies and the Heartland to the Great Lakes beginning Tuesday night and continuing through Friday.
    • Significant disruptions to travel are anticipated in these affected regions.
    • Winter storm warnings and watches extend from New Mexico northeastward to Vermont.
    • Portions of the Ohio River Valley could see a major ice storm.
    • Snowfall accumulations could reach 1-2 feet over parts of northern Indiana and southern Michigan.
    • Bitterly cold temperatures will follow the wintry precipitation.
  • Strong winds today and tonight over large portions of Central and Southern California.
  • Flash floods possible Thursday over parts of Mississippi and most of Alabama.

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

— Western WA central Cascades: Winter Storm Advisory above 1000 feet through noon today. Additional accumulations 1-3 inches. I-90 impacted.

— Central CA Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley, San Francisco Bay area and Santa Cruz Mountains: High Wind Warnings (North Bay. Coastal Mountains) and Wind Advisories through Thursday morning. Wind gusts to 45 mph in the valleys and up to 70 mph in the higher terrain. Major highways impacted include I-5, I-80, US-101 and many of the approach roads to the Bay Area.

— Central CA west slopes northern Sierra Nevada Mountains: Wind Advisory this afternoon through Wednesday evening. Gusts to 50 mph. I-80 impacted.

— Central CA northwest San Joaquin Valley: Wind Advisory through this afternoon. Gusts to 35 mph. I-5, CA-99 impacted.

— Southern CA Los Angeles County and Santa Ana Mountains, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange Counties; the Inland Empire: High Wind Watch (LA County) and Wind Advisories this evening through Thursday morning. Gusts 55-60 mph. I-5, I-10, I-15 impacted.

— Southeast CA deserts, southwest AZ, extreme southern NV: Wind Advisories Wednesday. Gusts to 40 mph. I-8, I-10, I-15, I-40 impacted.

— Western and central MT east of the Rocky Mountain Front: Winter Weather Advisories through Wednesday morning. Snow accumulations generally 1-3 inches with some blowing & drifting snow. I-15, I-90 impacted.

— Southeast WY; eastern and central CO; far-west NE; western KS; south-central and southwest CO; northwest and north-central NM southwards to Albuquerque, northeast NM; far-west OK Panhandle; TX Panhandle: Winter Storm Warnings (along and to the west of the Rockies) and Advisories late this afternoon through Thursday morning. Accumulations range from 6-14 inches along the Front Range and in the mountains to 2-6 inches elsewhere. I-17; I-25, I-40, I-70, I-76, I-80 all significantly impacted.

Central and eastern ND and west-central and northwest MN: Blizzard Warnings (ND) and Winter Weather Advisories through this afternoon. New snow accumulations only an inch or two but wind gusts up to 65 mph will create near-zero visibility and blizzard conditions. I-29, I-94 impacted.

— Eastern ND, southeast MN: High Wind Warnings (SD) and Advisories through midday today. Gusts 45-50 mph. I-29, I-90 impacted.

Southern and eastern KS; MO; most of IL; northern IN; southern MI; northwest OH: Winter Storm Warnings this evening through Thursday. Snow accumulation range from 4-7 inches over western KS , 8-12 inches over MO to 10-20 inches over IN and MI. Portions of this area may also see significant periods of sleet and freezing rain. Many major highways across the Central U.S. will be impacted, including I-35, I-44, I-55, I-57, I-65, I-69, I-70, I-72, I-74, I-75, I-80 / Indiana Toll Road / OH Turnpike, I-94.

Central and southeast NM; western, central and northeast TX; OK; central and northern AR; southeast MO; far-western TN; northern KY; southern and central OH; western and northwest PA; western and northern NY; central and northern VT: Winter Storm Watches this evening through Friday. TX should prepare for 1-4 inches snow, mixed with sleet and freezing rain. Much of the Ohio River Valley could see a significant ice storm with up to 1/2 inch of ice coating power lines, trees and untreated surface. Heavy snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain possible for western PA, NY and VT. Major highways from New Mexico to New England will be impacted.

— Southeast MS, most of AL: Expect heavy rains with the potential for flash flooding on Thursday. No watches or advisories issued yet, but expect flash flood watches to be posted tomorrow.

— Eastern FL Panhandle; adjacent GA: Dense Fog Advisory through mid-morning. I-10, I-75. (GA) impacted.

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