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.
Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the weekend in Cleveland.
The punches just keep coming from Old Man Winter as another storm with snow may sweep from the Midwest this weekend into the mid-Atlantic and perhaps New England by Groundhog Day.
An Alberta Clipper will bring a fresh wave of snow to the Northeast for the end of the week.
As it became obvious on Saturday that a major blizzard was going to hit the Northeast, the track and size of the storm became critical as to which areas would be hit the hardest.
Clouds saturated the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, Jan. 28, creating a tranquil sight in a rare inversion.
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 1, as the big game kicks off in Glendale, Arizona.
Mid Atlantic/ Northeast (1966)
Strong coastal storm (Jan. 29th-30th). Blizzard conditions with gale-force winds; over 50 deaths, 1-2 feet of snow with drifts to over 10 feet. Snowfall amounts and wind speeds: Washington, DC 12.0 inches Baltimore, MD 12.0 inches Roanoke, VA 17.0 inches West Virginia 12-20 inches Chesapeake Bay 10-16 inches Charlotte, NC 4.4 inches Reading, PA 11.7 inches & 54 mph winds Harrisburg, PA 10.2 inches & 42 mph winds Philadelphia, PA 8.3 inches & 38 mph winds Williamsport, PA 13.0 inches & 32 mph winds Pittsburgh, PA 6.0 inches & 35 mph winds Allentown, PA 11.5 inches & 46 mph winds State College, PA 10.0 inches Newport, PA 16.0 inches
Kenner, LA (1991)
Severe damage from a tornado over a five-block area.
Mid Atlantic (1993)
Temperatures across VA & MD rise 20-25 degrees in an hour with warm frontal passage.