Another powerful late-Autumn storm to sweep the Heartland


Another powerful late-Autumn storm to sweep the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, warm, windy weather prevails. The upper Midwest, which had snow on the ground as recently as Tuesday morning, is bracing for the possibility of severe thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes. Wednesday’s high temperatures should reach 70°F or higher as far north as Iowa—some of the warmest weather ever observed so late in the year.

On the Plains, areas from the northern panhandle of Texas to southern Nebraska are bracing for very dangerous wildfire-spread conditions Wednesday, as very windy, dry conditions atop critically dry fine fuels could result in explosive grassfire growth. Currently, a rapidly intensifying low-pressure system is emerging from the central Rockies. As a result, the southeastern half of the region is experiencing record-setting warmth and windy weather, with Wednesday’s high temperatures expected to range from 70 to 80°F. Meanwhile, colder, snowy conditions have developed in parts of Montana.

In the South, warm, dry weather favors outdoor activities—including tornado recovery and late-season harvest efforts—in advance of an approaching storm system. Wednesday’s high temperatures should range from near 60°F in the southern Appalachians to 80°F or higher across Florida’s peninsula and the western Gulf Coast region.

In the West, back-to-back storms are resulting in unsettled weather. The leading storm is crossing the central Rockies, delivering widespread, high-elevation snow. High winds are raking the Southwest. Meanwhile, a new storm system is arriving along the West Coast, resulting in cool, showery weather in northern California and the Pacific Northwest.