Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Tuesday 22 February

** Difficult and sometimes dangerous travel conditions today for much of the country west of I-81 and north of I-40 ** (Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies have OK conditions).

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  • Winter storm produces heavy snow, localized blizzard conditions, and ice from the upper Midwest into New England today.
  • Severe thunderstorms may bring large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain with flooding over portions of the mid Mississippi Valley and Deep South today and tonight.
  • Another winter storm will develop over the Southwest midweek tracking across the U.S. into late week.
    • High winds for eastern New Mexico Wednesday afternoon will produce dangerous travel conditions.
    • Freezing rain and ice develop over northern Texas, eastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas on Wednesday.

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Here’s the long-range travel & RV weather outlook

— Southwest OR, northwest CA: Winter Weather Advisories through late this morning above 1500 feet. Perhaps an additional inch of snow. Roads may freeze up as temperatures drop below freezing. I-5, US-101 impacted.

— Southeast OR; southwest ID; northwest, northern and much of eastern NV: Winter Storm Warnings (ID) and Advisories today and tonight. Additional accumulations range from an Inch or two of snow in western NV to 4-8 inches in ID. Most areas will see. 2-4 inches in lower elevations and 3-6 inches in the higher passes. I-80 impacted.

— CA Sierra Nevada: Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings through this evening. Expect an additional 4-12 inches snot. Donner Pass / I-81, US-50 impacted.

— Central and southern CA Coastal Foothills: Winter Weather Advisories through midday tomorrow. Snow levels 1500-2500 feet. Up to 2 inches snow possible. US-101 potentially impacted. I-5 / Grapevine impacted.

— Southern CA Coastal Mountains: Winter Storm Warnings through Wednesday evening. Up to 6-12 inches of snow possible. I-8, I-15 impacted.

— CA eastern slopes Sierra, Mojave Desert, much of Southern CA; southern NV: Wind Advisories through this evening. Gusts 30-40 mph in coastal areas and 40-60 mph in interior deserts, Blowing dust in the deserts can suddenly reduce visibility to near zero on roadways. I-5, I-8, I-10, I-15, I-40, US-101, US-395, CA-58 impacted.

— CA San Diego County Deserts: High Wind Warning through this evening. Gusts to 70 mph. I-8, I-10 impacted.

— South-central WY; western CO; central and southern UT; higher terrain of northern, central and eastern AZ; portions of northwest and northern NM: Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories this afternoon through Thursday morning. Snow accumulations of 4-8 inches in lower elevations and 1-2 feet over higher mountains and passes will be common. I-15, I-17, I-40, I-70 impacted. I-25 is on the southern and eastern boundary of this region.

— Eastern WY; northern NE; SD; southeast ND; most of MN and IA; eastern NE; northeast KS; northwest MO; WI; central and northern MI: Blizzard Warnings (southeast ND, northeast SD), Winter Storm Warnings (central MN, northwest WI), Ice Storm Warnings (north-central MI, Lower Peninsula) and Winter Weather Advisories (elsewhere) today and early tonight: Strong winds, bitterly cold, 2-6 inches of snow over the Dakotas and MN, freezing rain in the southern and eastern portions of this region combine to make travel unpleasant, hazardous and dangerous. Major highways impacted include I-29, I-35, I-39, I-41, I-43, I-70, I-75, I-80, I-90, I-94.

— Northern TX; central and eastern OK; northern AR: Winter Storm Watches and Advisories Wednesday and Thursday for a potential ice storm. I-20, I-35, I-40, I-44 potentially impacted.

— Northeast AR; southeast MO; western KY and TN: TORNADO WATCH through 11 a.m. CT. Wind gusts to 75 mph, large hail and a couple of tornados possible. I-30, I-40, I-55 I-57 potentially impacted.

— Southeast MO; northern AR; southern IL; KY; TN; northern AL; central and southern IN; central, southern and eastern OH; western and northern WV; western PA; western and northern NY; VT; central and northern NH: Flood Watches through Wednesday. Heavy rain, warm temperatures, melting snow and ice jams on northern rivers combine to create widespread conditions where flooding is possible. Do not cross flooded highways. Be very careful and aware where you are camping if near creeks, streams or small rivers.

— Much of VT, NH and ME: Winter Weather Advisories this afternoon and tonight for a combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain. 1-2 inches of snow possible. I-89, I-91, I-93, I-95 impacted.

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