Sunday, January 29, 2012

Relatively Quiet Weather Ahead for Much of This Week; Becoming Active S. Rockies/Plains by Friday/Weekend...

The above image is from the GFS computer forecast model, which is forecasting near normal temperatures across much of the Western and Southern U.S. (grey shaded areas) through at least Friday.  Above normal temperatures (red and orange shaded areas) are forecast for much of the upper Mississippi Valley, Midwest and the Northeast during the same period of time.

It will also generally remain dry across most of the country, at least for much of the period Monday through Friday:

It appears that the weather will start to become active again toward the end of the week and into this coming weekend, with a strong upper-level storm system forecast to emerge out over the Southwest and move into the adjacent Plains.

There is still much uncertainty as to exactly how this system will play out for the end of the week and into the coming weekend, but widespread wintry weather is certainly possible across portions of the southern and central Rockies into the central and southern Plains.  Heavy rain and severe storms will be possible out ahead of this system in the warm sector.

If you live from the Rockies of New Mexico or Colorado into the adjacent Plains of Kansas, Oklahoma and northwest Texas, as well as adjacent areas to the East of there, you'll want to keep a close eye on the latest forecasts for late in the week and this coming weekend.

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