The storm forming in Texas could be severe; Heavy snow possible in Washington: Monday weather updates
Parts of the West and the Rockies will likely see snow as potentially severe thunderstorms begin to form in Texas on Monday, days after the state was hit by a severe ice storm that froze roads and resulted in the death of at least seven people.
The majority of the United States is starting to warm up due to the polar vortex which has brought frost and in some cases record high temperatures across the country. Now the East expects to see above-average temperatures in early February, with some areas recording temperatures 20 to 30 degrees above average, according to the National Weather Service.
“For the Majority Nation, we are looking at at least seasonal or even warmer than average conditions,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alan Reppert told USA TODAY.
Meanwhile, residents of the Buffalo, New York, area were woken up Monday morning by a 3.8 magnitude earthquake.
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Here’s what you need to know about Monday’s nationwide weather forecast:
Potentially severe thunderstorms developing in Texas; flood warnings in the south
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Adam Douty said a storm will strengthen in Texas Monday through Tuesday, “bringing the next round of wet weather and severe thunderstorms to the region.”
Thunderstorms could begin Tuesday morning in the eastern part of the state and are expected to develop into severe thunderstorms by noon Tuesday. The following cities and regions are at risk of severe weather conditions through Tuesday evening:
“In addition to dangerous lightning, the risk of severe thunderstorms will also bring threats of damaging wind gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour, AccuWeather said. have a few isolated tornadoes in the area.”
The storm is expected to move northeast Wednesday toward Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. As a result, several areas near rivers in the affected states are subject to flood warnings throughout the week.
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Thousands of people remain without power in Texas and Arkansas
As Texas braces for more extreme weather, thousands of residents are still without power Sunday night.
More than 32,000 homes and businesses were still without power in East Texas on Monday after a freezing winter storm passed through the region last week, according to the USA TODAY Network power outage database. The majority of outages occurred in Travis County, where Austin is located.
Outages were also reported in Arkansas, with more than 14,000 homes and businesses without power in the southern part of the state.
Washington State Winter Storm Watch
The majority of the Cascade Range in Washington state east of Seattle is under a winter storm watch, with the possibility of heavy snowfall Monday through Wednesday.
Parts of the region could see between 6 and 30 inches of snowfall with gusty winds, as the NWS says travel may be difficult or impossible in some areas.
Snow continues on the Rockies
Parts of the west and the Rocky Mountains are subject to winter weather advisories through Monday morning as Salt Lake City could see 5 to 10 inches of snow.
Reppert said snow will be patchy over the Rockies and push toward the northern plains, but snowfall could appear in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes later in the week.
Winter storm tracking
Magnitude 3.8 earthquake shakes Buffalo area
A magnitude of 3.8 was recorded near Buffalo, New York, on Monday morning, according to the US Geological Survey.
The USGS said the quake was centered near West Seneca, a Buffalo suburb that borders the city to the southeast.
The East continues to heat up
Temperatures are on the rise in the East after freezing temperatures last week as freezing conditions are only expected to be present in the New England region. Boston will continue to be in the high 40s on Monday.
Here are the predicted summits in the eastern United States, according to the NWS:
National Weather Radar
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