Storm brings possible flash floods, severe gales and snow in north
So many still cleaning up from last week’s crippling ice storm are looking over their shoulders as the new storm hits the same areas. The midweek storm this week brings the possibility of flash flooding, severe gales and snow in the north. The next system ramps up on Tuesday and will impact the eastern two-thirds of the nation by the end of the week.
Monday is the calm before the storm as the low pressure center revs up and aims.
“The return of abundant moisture will pose a serious risk to parts of Texas, particularly southeast Texas, where some storms may briefly become severe with large hail, damaging winds and a tornado,” the FOX Forecast Center said.
“It’s still unclear if the ingredients for severe weather will come together in time, which could help increase or decrease the potential for severe weather through Tuesday,” the Forecast Center continued.
The rain will also creep into the Midwest on Tuesday night. Areas hard hit by the ice storm will see heavy rains and are at risk of flash flooding.
“Storms will be efficient rainmakers, easily exceeding rain rates in excess of 1 to 2 inches per hour. Given the already saturated soils, there will be an area of greater flash flood threat from Houston to Little Rock,” the Forecast Center said. “Widespread rain of 2 to 3 inches is expected in parts of the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley Tuesday through Thursday.”
The risk of flooding increases on Tuesday night and will peak on Wednesday after sunrise.
“Rain is expected to extend along the fast-moving cold front from Indianapolis to New Orleans by midday Wednesday. There will be significant potential, mainly in the form of damaging winds, but that potential is unclear at this time as it is highly dependent on the evolution of Tuesday’s storms,” the center said.
As the cold air wraps counterclockwise around the system, snow invades Kansas, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
“The highest amounts of snow depend heavily on the precise track of the system. Forecast models suggest that the areas with the most snow fall along a line from eastern Kansas north to Wisconsin,” a FOX forecaster said. “More than 5 inches of snow could fall causing some impact during morning and evening commutes.”
“Forecast models indicate that this snow would begin in eastern Kansas late Wednesday and reach Wisconsin by Thursday afternoon,” the center said.
The storm will head east on Thursday. Fast-moving front soaks Appalachian Mountains in morning. Motorists on corridor I-95 require windshield wipers through mid-afternoon.
“This rain will spread along the east coast during the day Thursday before pouring into the Atlantic Ocean through Friday,” the center said. “Some sustained thunderstorms will be possible in Florida Friday as the front stalls in the Sunshine State. About 1-2″ of rain will be possible along the east coast from this storm system.”
On the snowy side, Kansas City and Des Moines could see up to 3 inches of snow, while Green Bay could net up to 5 inches.
On the cold side, FOX Weather is already tracking another storm for the northern states.
“A second system will swing rapidly through the same areas Friday through Saturday, and with more cold air than before, some additional snow totals of more than 3 inches will be possible,” the Forecast Center said.
https://nypost.com/2023/02/06/storm-brings-possible-flash-floods-severe-storms-and-northern-snow/ Storm brings possible flash floods, severe gales and snow in north