U.S. NATIONAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
FRI MAR 24, 2017
...Slight Risk severe thunderstorms today over portions of the Lower MS Valley and Southern Plains... ...Strong winds expected in the Southern & Central High Plains...
There is a Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms today in east TX, northern & western LA, western & central AR, eastern OK, far southeastern KS, and southwestern MO. The main threats are isolated damaging wind gusts and isolated large hail. A tornado or two will also be possible.
In the Southern & Central High Plains, high winds are expected today. Gusts to 55-70 mph are expected this morning through this evening in eastern CO, far western KS, the OK & TX Panhandles, and northeastern NM. These winds will result in difficult travel for high profile vehicles. Minor property damage and isolated power outages are also expected. Blowing dust may reduce visibility below 1 mile at times.
Farther north, ongoing snow showers will continue through midday in central CO, including the I-25 corridor from Denver to Colorado Springs. Snow accumulations of 2-5 inches are expected in this region, heaviest southeast of Denver and northeast of Colorado Springs. Roads may briefly become slushy this morning but most accumulations will be limited to elevated or grassy surfaces. Temperatures will rise into the 50s this afternoon allowing for quick melting of any accumulating snowfall.
A brief period of freezing rain is expected this morning in central & northeastern PA, Upstate NY, far western MA & southern VT and in northern WI & northern Lower MI. Only a trace of ice is expected in most locations before precipitation changes to all rain later this morning. A few slick spots will be possible on untreated roads this morning but travel conditions will quickly improve later this morning as temperatures rise above freezing.