Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Forecast Discussion: April 11, 2012

Hotspot of the Day: South Plains
A low pressure system will be ejecting eastward with a stationary front extending through Texas and along the Gulf Coast. This front will be the focus for severe weather today. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to also form along the trough extending from New Mexico north through Colorado and Wyoming. Both of these areas will have showers and storms to deal with, but it looks like the trough will be the one dealing with severe weather, with damaging winds and hail being the main threats.

West Coast
A storm system now onshore the US will be putting down massive amounts of rain and storms at lower elevations and snow in higher elevations. Some stronger storms are possible with this event today. Snow accumulations may exceed 1 foot above 7000 feet, and 12 inches or under below 7000 feet.

An offshore storm system will be putting down rain and snow showers throughout the region today. However, little to no accumulation appears to be expected.

North Plains
A storm system in the region and a warm front out ahead of the system will make for very windy conditions in the Dakotas and east Montana today. This may provoke fire danger.

With rain moving through the area in the Southwest, eastern areas of the Southwest will be dry, despite a long trough moving east followed by a cold front. I would anticipate some clouds due to the presence of these disturbances.

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