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Big Story Weather – January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Weather Forecast for January 17, 2014

11AM: Low pressure moving through the Great Lakes will bring some light snowfall and increasing winds to the region. High pressure will dominate the weather from the Gulf Coast to the Southwest. A secondary high pressure will dominate the Western US with partly cloudy skies.

11PM: Another clipper system will slide into the Northern Plains this evening bringing another round of wind and snow to the region. High pressure will slide into the Western Gulf of Mexico bringing partly cloudy skies from the Southeast to the Gulf Coast and over the Southern Plains. A second high pressure will bring partly cloudy skies and tranquil weather to the Western US.

Significant Weather Threat for January 17: There are high wind watches in effect for the Eastern Dakotas behind this next clipper system. Wind gusts will be in the 30-45mph range creating blowing and drifting snow. Winter weather advisories have been issued for the Northern Plains along with parts of the Ohio and Kentucky region. Air quality alerts continue for portions of the Pacific Northwest. Florida will have another round of frost/freeze watches and warnings in effect.

Storm Outlook: The first low pressure is now moving into Central Canada and will drop into the Plains later this evening with wind, snow and cold. A second low pressure is now moving into the Gulf of Alaska creating winter storm watches/warnings along with blizzard watches/warnings for Alaska. A third, more powerful low pressure is pushing across the Northern Pacific and will continue a slow eastward movement creating high seas and winds for marine interests in the area.

Extended Outlook:

Day 2-6: High pressure over the Northern Gulf will keep the Southeast, Southern Plains and the Gulf Coast dry and cool. Low pressure pushing into the Northern Mississippi River Valley will bring strong winds and some snowfall to the region. High pressure will continue to dominate the Western US. Day three most of the country will be under the influence of tranquil weather and high pressure. Day four a strong high pressure area will slide into the Plains bringing another shot of very cold weather to the region. The rest of the country will see tranquil weather again. The period will finish with another clipper system moving into the region bringing strong winds and light snowfall to the Northern Plains.

Day 7-11: The period will start with low pressure moving into the Northeast US. This will set the stage for some light snowfall along the Great Lakes. Another strong high pressure will slide into the Northern Plains bringing another shot of cold weather. High pressure will continue to dominate the weather over the Western US. Day nine a storm system moving through the Great Lakes will bring heavy snowfall to the region along with gusty winds. Another high pressure will build into the Northern Plains. Day ten will have a significant storm system along the Eastern US bringing coastal rains, wind and heavy inland and higher elevation snows from Maine to the Virginia area and back into the Great Lakes. A powerful high pressure will slide into the center of the country allowing for another round of cold weather, while a clipper system moves into the Northern Rockies bringing light snowfall to the region. High pressure over the Rockies will keep the West dry.

Day 12-16: The period will start with high pressure along the Eastern US bringing cold weather to the region, while a new low slowly takes shape in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico bringing showers to the Gulf Coast. Another clipper system will bring winds and snow to the Northern Plains, while high pressure dominates the Southwest US. Day 14 will have high pressure along the Eastern Coast, while a weak frontal boundary will be along the Gulf Coast bringing showers to the region. This will extend back into Southeast Texas. A new storm system will push into the Pacific Northwest bringing rain showers and higher elevation snows to the region. The period will finish with a significant storm system over the Plains bringing showers to the south and heavy snowfall to the northern regions. A second storm system will begin to approach the Pacific Northwest bringing showers and higher elevation snows to the region.


Source: redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Big Story Weather  January 17 2014


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