Travel & RV Weather Forecast a.m. Wednesday 16 February

** High Impact Weather tonight and Thursday 17 February ** for a combination of heavy snow, freezing rain, floods, high winds and severe thunderstorms over much of the Central and Eastern U.S.

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  • Low pressure over New Mexico Wednesday morning strengthens into a powerful, large-scale storm today which will impact the Central, Southern and Eastern U.S. through early Friday, generating snow and freezing rain, high winds, heavy rain and severe thunderstorms.
  • This storm will move quickly; most impacts should be gone by Friday morning.
  • Two separate pulses of high winds associated with this storm:
    • Today from the Southern Plains to the eastern Great Lakes; and
    • Thursday from the mid-Mississippi Valley into the Northeast.

For details, check out the latest weather animations.

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

— Southern CA Ventura, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego County mountains: Wind Advisories today. Gusts 40-50 mph. I-8, I-10, I-15, US-101 impacted.

— North-central ID; southwest and central MT: Winter Weather Advisories tonight through midday today. Accumulations generally 1-4 inches. I-15, I-90 impacted.

— Portions of north-central, central and southeast WY: Winter Weather Advisories today and tonight. Accumulations ranging from 3-8 inches. I-25, I-80 impacted.

— Southeast WY: High Wind Watch Thursday night. Gusts to 65 mph. I-25, I-80 potentially impacted.

— North-central CO along and just west of the Foothills: Winter Storm Warnings this afternoon through tonight. 4-8 inches of snow expected except 6-12 inches in the foothills. I-25, I-70 impacted.

— West-central NM: Winter Weather Advisory this afternoon through tonight. 2-4 inches of snow. I-40 impacted.

Southern and east-central NM and far-west TX: High Wind Warnings and Advisories and Blowing Dust Advisories through tonight. Gusts 65-80 mph in far-south NM and west TX, including I-10 and I-20. Gusts. 40-50 mph elsewhere. I-10, I-20 highly impacted by both winds and suddenly reduced visibility in blowing dust.

— North-central OK; south-central and eastern KS: Winter Storm Watches this evening, tonight and Thursday. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, with up to 4-8 inches of snow possible.

— Northern TX north of I-20; central and eastern OK: Slight risk of severe thunderstorms late this evening into early Thursday morning. Hail, damaging winds and a couple of brief tornadoes are possible.

— Southeast TX coastal regions. Wind Advisories today starting late this morning through early evening. Gusts to 40 mph.

— Southeast KS; northeast OK; western MO; extreme northwest AR: Wind Advisories through late this afternoon. Gusts to 45 mph.

— MO, IL, IN, OH, southern MI: A combination of Winter Storm Warnings Watches and Advisories, Flood Watches and Wind Advisories this afternoon through Thursday. Wind gusts 40-50 mph. Travel not recommended.

— Southern MO; southern IL; southern IN; most of KY and TN; northeastern half of LA; most of MS; northwestern half of AL: Severe thunderstorms possible on Thursday.

— KY; western and central TN; northern and central MS; northern and central AL: Wind Advisories today and tonight. Gusts 30-45 mph.

— Western and northern NY; VT: A combination of Wind Advisories and Flood Watches. The Wind Advisories are for today and the Flood Watches are effective Thursday through Friday morning. Wind gusts 40-50 mph.

— RI; southeast MA: High Wind Watches Thursday evening through Friday morning. Gusts to 65 mph possible. I-95 impacted.

— Far northern ME: Winter Storm Watch Thursday evening through Friday morning. Snow and sleet. Up to 1/2 Inch of sleet and 5-12 inches of snow possible.

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