Snow and Ice Storm for Central US, Thunderstorms in South as Zeta Nears

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Snow is expected for parts of the Southwest, West, and Midwest on Tuesday, while an ice storm stretches across the Central US, thunderstorms, and increasing rain in the South, Red Flag Alerts in West; more weather news.

Snow to the Southwest, West and Midwest

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting snow across a vast stretch of the Southwest and Mid-Central US for Tuesday. Snow is expected over eastern Arizona, throughout New Mexico, farther south into western, central, and northern Texas southern, as well as into Colorado and reaching into southern Kansas.

Ice storm across central US

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of freezing rain and a potential ice storm on Tuesday that will extend from central to northern Texas, throughout most of Oklahoma, into stretch enough into southern Kansas and across into southwest Missouri.

NWS winter weather alerts

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a number of winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories on Tuesday that extend across New Mexico, south into central and northern Texas, and north into Oklahoma and Kansas.

Hurricane Zeta to impact US on Wednesday

Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Mexico in the Yucatán Peninsula on Tuesday and is predicted to continue trucking northward, making landfall in the US on late Wednesday or early Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane or strong tropical storm, CNN reports.

Most estimates see the storm making landfall near Grand Isle or likely somewhere between Louisiana and Mississippi, but landfall near Alabama or Florida is also possible.

Thunderstorms across the South

A band of thunderstorms will stretch across the southern US on Tuesday from Central Texas into Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.

The outer bands of Hurricane Zeta will impact coastal areas, which is prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue hurricane warnings along the mid-coast of Louisiana eastward across the coast of Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Heavy rain with the potential for power outages are expected on Wednesday.

Hurricane-force winds in the West increase fire danger

On Monday, hurricane-force winds expanded wildfires as wind gusts reached 75 mph in Los Angeles County. The winds are expected to ramp up throughout the entirety of the state of California on Tuesday, as well as across the West.

The National Weather Service has issued a number of red flag alerts throughout the West on Tuesday for portions of southern Nevada, Western Arizona, and southwestern Oregon.

Although snowfall over the weekend and on Monday aided firefighting efforts in Colorado, where firefighters battle the two largest fires in the state’s history, the fires continue to burn. The East Troublesome Fire is only 15% contained and the Cameron Peak Fire is only 64% contained, NPR reported.

US weather forecast: October 27, 2020

West: San Francisco 75, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 78, sunny; Reno 62, sunny; Las Vegas 70, sunny; Salt Lake City 45, sunny; Denver 42, sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 56, partly cloudy; Medford 73, sunny; Boise 52, sunny; Cut Bank 36, windy; Billings 38, Wendy; Minot 44, snow; Rapid City 45, sunny.

Southwest: Phoenix 69, sunny; Albuquerque 33, snow; El Paso 38, snow; San Antonio 51, rain; Brownsville 85, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 29, wintry mix; Dallas 44, rain; Oklahoma City 35, wintry mix; Kansas City 36, wintry mix; Minneapolis 36, mostly sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 43, rain; St. Louis 43, rain; Detroit 43, rain; Cincinnati 52, rain.

South: Houston 75, rain; New Orleans 83, thunderstorms; Memphis 63, partly cloudy; Atlanta 77, partly cloudy; Charlotte 77, foggy; Jacksonville 82, thunderstorms; Tampa 91, thunderstorms; Miami 86, mostly sunny.

East: Norfolk 69, foggy; Washington, D.C. 64, cloudy; Buffalo 48, rain; New York City 61, cloudy; Boston 53, rain; Caribou 37, mostly cloudy.