Hurricane Epsilon Forms, Upper Midwest Snow, Red Flag Warnings Over West

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Hurricane Epsilon becomes the 10th of the season and heads toward the Bahamas, while a second winter storm brings record snowfall to the upper Midwest, and red flag warnings issued from California to Colorado.

Epsilon becomes 10th hurricane of the season

Epsilon strengthened into a hurricane Tuesday night in the central Atlantic, becoming the tenth tropical cyclone of the 2020 hurricane season. The storm had sustained winds 75 mph and is predicted to move toward Bermuda on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as a “tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.”

Epsilon set the record as the earliest 26th named storm in a season, topping the November 22 hurricane in 2005.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

The 2005 hurricane season was the most active, with 31 named storms and 15 hurricanes. Records may still be broken. There are forty days remaining in the 2020 season.

Winter storm warnings for upper Midwest amid record snow

For Wednesday, the National Weather Service has issued a number of alerts, including a Winter Storm Watch and Winter Weather Advisory spanning from the Rockies into the Great Lakes.

On Tuesday, the upper Midwest saw a record-breaking snowstorm, with some areas getting more than 10 inches of snow.

Minneapolis got 7.9 inches of snow yesterday, setting the records for its biggest snowstorm this early in the season, ABC reported. Eau Claire, Wisconsin, saw 6.9 inches of snow on Tuesday setting a record there.

Another snowstorm will stretch across the upper Midwest on Wednesday.

Red flag warnings across the West

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued red flag warnings stretching from California to Colorado.

The fire weather warnings by the NWS stretch across the central and northern portions of California, through the center of Utah from north to south, and span from central to north-central Colorado.

Today’s US weather: October 21, 2020

West: San Francisco 70, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 78, partly cloudy; Reno 78, sunny; Las Vegas 91, sunny; Salt Lake City 72, mostly sunny; Denver 73, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 52, rain; Medford 67, mostly sunny; Boise 56, partly cloudy; Cut Bank 27, snow; Billings 37, rain; Minot 31, mostly sunny; Rapid City 35, snow.

Southwest: Phoenix 96, partly cloudy; Albuquerque 81, sunny; El Paso 90, sunny; San Antonio 88, partly cloudy; Brownsville 90, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 83, mostly sunny; Dallas 86, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 83, mostly sunny; Kansas City 52, thunderstorms; Minneapolis 35, cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 57, partly cloudy; St. Louis 61, rain; Detroit 61, partly cloudy; Cincinnati 73, cloudy.

South: Houston 87, windy; New Orleans 84, partly cloudy; Memphis 86, mostly sunny; Atlanta 80, mostly sunny; Charlotte 81, partly cloudy; Jacksonville 82, thunderstorms; Tampa 83, thunderstorms; Miami 80, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 79, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 78, partly cloudy; Buffalo 66, rain; New York City 72, mostly cloudy; Boston 70, cloudy; Caribou 51, rain.