A strengthening storm system will produce a major severe weather outbreak over the Plains Saturday. The remnants of the storms could still have damaging consequences in the St. Louis area late Saturday night.
The developing storm system marks an end to the tranquil weather being experienced over much of the nation in recent weeks.
The storm brewing to the west and its stiff southerly winds will then rout out cool air during Saturday. With the aid of sunshine, temperatures will soar into the 80s.
During Saturday, building warmth will lead, in part, to severe thunderstorms from southeastern Minnesota, Iowa and western Missouri to north-central Texas. The risks from the storms include damaging wind gusts, large hail, flash flooding and a few tornadoes.
The storms could take aim at the Missouri communities of Kansas City, Joplin, Springfield and Columbia during the afternoon and evening.
The remnants of these storms, with and without thunder, can produce strong wind gusts topping 55 mph and blinding downpours in the St. Louis area late Saturday night. There could be downed tree limbs, minor property damage and sporadic power outages as a result.
Cool, gusty winds will linger Sunday. However, by the afternoon the winds will begin to ease and the sun should come out with temperatures rebounding past 70 degrees.
A strong offshore flow will result in the first long-duration heat wave of the season across the Perth metropolitan area.
After a day of heavy snow across the mid-Atlantic, ice and rain are adding to power outages, flight delays and hazardous road conditions.
While many may dream of a white Christmas, the reality of one may not be favorable, depending on one's geographical location during the holidays.
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The Northeast will have another round of accumulating snowfall early this week, right on the heels of the weekend winter storm.
Tropical Cyclone Madi developed over the Bay of Bengal, northeast of Sri Lanka and east of India.
Mill city, OR (1987)
Three people were killed and two injured when a moving vehicle was smashed by a falling tree during high winds and heavy rain.
Sheridan, NY (1908)
Temperature dropped to -41 degrees F., all time low.
Second great snow in 5 days: Morristown 21"; New Haven 17"; "four feet on level" in eastern Mass. - another high tide.