Snow in the Sahara, 2 More Winter Storms Brewing, and 3-day Forecast


Forecasters are watching two potential storms brewing that could ramp up mid- and late-week while snow falls in the Sahara, and the 3-day forecast shows freezing rain and thunderstorms in the South and upper Midwest.

Two winter storms brewing could affect the US this week

Meteorologists are closely watching the possibility of another large outbreak of winter weather across portions of the eastern United States, where two potential winter storms are brewing and could occur mid-to-late-week, AccuWeather reported.

On Wednesday, arctic air will advance southeast from Canada, setting up the potential for freezing rain across a large swath of the South from Alabama to West Virginia.

Late week, beginning Friday into Saturday, forecasters say another storm could dip down over the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and mid-South.

Snow and ice blanket the Sahara

A rare sight and occurrence in the Sahara as snow fell in the Saharan town of Ain Sefra in Algeria. The Daily Mail published photographs of ice blanketing the dunes. The event marked only the fifth time in 42 years that temperatures dropped to freezing, plummeting to 28 degrees. The town sits 3,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains. The Sahara is the largest desert globally, a region that has reached highs of 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

3-day national forecast

Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Tuesday: To the West, snow over much of Montana, as well as portions of Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico. In the central US and East, snow over parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, much of New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Wednesday: In the South, a large swath of freezing rain will affect portions of Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, all of Tennessee, southern Kentucky, Illinois, and Virginia.

Mixed precipitation will extend over parts of the mid-South, mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Snow for portions of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and northern Texas. To the East, snow over parts of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Thunderstorms for the South over Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

Thursday: Ice storms on two fronts. Freezing rain for portions of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Freezing rain will stretch from southern Texas across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama into central and northern Georgia.

In the West, snow over portions of Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Snow over Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut in the East.

Rain over portions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and much of Florida. In the West, rain for Washington and Oregon.