Strong Winter Storms in Western Half of US, Tornado Warnings in South

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Strong winter storms from the West to the central US on Wednesday, severe weather and tornado warnings in the South and Southeast. Threats return again on Friday; plus the latest NWS alerts and 3-day forecast.

Strong winter storms from West to central US on Wednesday

Snow will stretch from the West into the nation’s midsection on Wednesday.

Heavy snow is forecast over portions of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Snow throughout much of Oregon and Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska. Portions of California, Idaho, and New Mexico will also see snow.

Spotty snow showers over parts of Washington, Montana and the Dakotas, and to the north over sections of Wisconsin and northern Michigan.

NWS winter-related alerts

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued the following winter-related weather alerts for Wednesday:

Winter storm warning for portions of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.

Winter weather advisory for portions of Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Western New England areas.

Severe weather for South, Southeast on Wednesday

Thunderstorms will span parts of the South along the Gulf of Mexico and into the Atlantic. Thunderstorms are forecast for portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, eastern Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Potential severe weather over northern Florida, southeast Alabama, central and southern Georgia, eastern South Carolina, and southeastern North Carolina.

NWS tornado warnings:

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Wednesday for the panhandle of Florida, Southwestern, central and northern Georgia.

Forecast: Outlook over the next 2 days

Here is the forecast for the next two days from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Thursday: Snow across the US and southern thunderstorms

A band of snowstorms will stretch from the West to the Great Lakes over portions of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Spotty snow showers over the northern tier for portions of Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Thunderstorms for the South and southeast over Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

Friday: Snow, widespread freezing rain, severe weather

A massive band of snow and freezing rain will stretch from the West to the northeast.

Snow is forecast over portions of Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.

Freezing rain will stretch from Texas, into the South, mid-South, Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, as well as over portions of the Northwest for Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and into the southwest over portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas.

Thunderstorms across the South and Southeast will stretch from Texas to Virginia.

Severe weather and flooding are possible over Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.