Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest to See Several Days of Snow

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A winter storm stretching from the Northwest to the upper Midwest will bring snow across a number of northern states for several days, while fierce winds prompt red flag warnings in California and today’s weather forecast.

Snowstorm to affect the Northwest to upper Midwest for several days

Several days of snowfall is forecast across a vast stretch of the northern tier of the US. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a wintry mix, freezing rain, and snowfall extending from Washington to northern Michigan. The largest amount of snowfall is anticipated for Thursday, which should blanket a larger area and affect more states.

On Tuesday, snowfall is forecast across parts of Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan, but could also dip down into portions of Wyoming, South Dakota, and Iowa. Portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan could see freezing rain.

However, a vast area is likely to see mixed precipitation in parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan.

Red flag warnings in California

Strong winds in California could ramp up fire danger in the state. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a red flag warning over much of northern and portions of central California for Tuesday.

The heavy winds could also hamper current firefighting efforts in the state.

Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in the Atlantic, could impact Bermuda

Forecasters for the National Hurricane Center (NHC) say Tropical Storm Epsilon, currently in the Atlantic, could be at or near hurricane strength by Wednesday night and may skirt by Bermuda later in the week. Swells generated by the storm are expected to affect the island over the next several days, CNN reported.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

The path of Epsilon is anticipated to make a turn to the northeast by Friday, steering the storm away from North America.

Today’s US forecast: October 20, 2020

West: San Francisco 71, windy; Los Angeles 81, partly cloudy; Reno 75, sunny; Las Vegas 91, sunny; Salt Lake City 70, mostly sunny; Denver 71, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 56, partly cloudy; Medford 77, mostly sunny; Boise 61, partly cloudy; Cut Bank 30, snow; Billings 37, snow; Minot 35, snow; Rapid City 52, rain.

Southwest: Phoenix 97, sunny; Albuquerque 81, sunny; El Paso 90, sunny; San Antonio 89, partly cloudy; Brownsville 90, sunny.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 81, partly cloudy; Dallas 85, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 69, cloudy; Kansas City 54, cloudy; Minneapolis 33, snow.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 55, cloudy; St. Louis 59, thunderstorms; Detroit 53, mostly cloudy; Cincinnati 61, cloudy.

South: Houston 85, partly cloudy; New Orleans 84, partly cloudy; Memphis 84, partly cloudy; Atlanta 79, sunny; Charlotte 78, mostly sunny; Jacksonville 82, thunderstorms; Tampa 87, thunderstorms; Miami 84, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 76, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 76, partly cloudy; Buffalo 52, rain; New York City 72, cloudy; Boston 68, cloudy; Caribou 56, rain.