Millions of Americans are experiencing the last taste of summer this week with record-breaking temperatures in several U.S. cities from the Midwest to the Northeast, but a storm is brewing that threatens to bring snow to higher elevations in the West and severe weather and heavy rains to the plains that will alleviate the heat and bring seasonal temperatures to much of the country.
Here’s a look at next week.
Rain has been falling in the Four Corners region, and according to the FOX Forecast Center it should continue through the rest of the day.
Meanwhile, heavy snow is expected to fall in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains.
Most areas will only see a few inches of snow through Tuesday, but higher elevations in the Telluride, Colorado, area could accumulate 5 to 8 inches of snow with locally higher amounts between 8 and 12 inches.
As Monday progresses, rain will expand and likely extend from the Dakotas to New Mexico as a cold front develops off the Rocky Mountains.
Predicted snow totals through Tuesday, October 2, 2023.
Severe weather conditions are possible in the Plains on Monday, and while storms are possible from the Dakotas to the US-Mexico border, the greatest risk appears to be centered along the New Mexico-Texas border. There is also a risk in western Nebraska and southern South Dakota.
In New Mexico, cities from Springer to Carlsbad should watch for possible tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds.
Those threats are also possible in Texas in cities from the Amarillo area to Van Horn.
The weather forecast for Tuesday
The FOX Forecast Center expects this storm to be in full swing on Tuesday, with rain likely across the plains from the Dakotas to Texas.
The forecast weather conditions for Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
Snow will also continue in the higher elevations of Wyoming, northern Utah and Colorado.
The severe weather threat will also move eastward, extending from the Upper Midwest to the U.S.-Mexico border. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center places areas from Nebraska to Texas at a level 2 out of 5 on its thunderstorm risk scale.
The biggest threats from those severe storms will be large hail and damaging wind gusts over 60 mph, but tornadoes are also possible.
Tuesday is also when colder temperatures are expected to begin arriving in parts of the Upper Midwest, where highs will drop to the 90s to 70s.
The weather forecast for Wednesday
Predicted rainfall totals through Friday, October 6, 2023.
The FOX Forecast Center says that by Wednesday, the cold front will extend from Minnesota to Texas, once again causing widespread rain along the front.
Most of the action will be focused on Oklahoma and Texas, but the cold front is expected to recede and allow additional moisture to build up in the region.
Rain is welcome in the Plains, and the 2 to 3 inches of rain forecast will help parched areas, but there is also a chance some areas could receive 3 to 5 inches of rain during the week, which could lead to flash flooding .
The risk of flash flooding from Wednesday, October 4 through Thursday, October 5, 2023.FOX Weather
There is also another risk of severe weather in the region, but the greatest risk appears to be heavy rain and flooding rather than tornadoes, hail and damaging winds as in previous days this week.
The risk of flash flooding appears to be highest from the Oklahoma City area south to Dallas and Waco, Texas.
Weather forecast for Thursday and Friday
Rain will continue across the southern Plains on Thursday as cooler temperatures begin to filter in from the north.
For Friday, computer forecast models hint at a secondary cold front with another burst of cold Canadian air, which will continue to spread south and east across much of the central and eastern US through the end. of week.