Stormy weather returns to the West this week bringing rain, and even snow, from Southern California to the Rockies.
The potential for early season snow is fresh in the minds of residents of the West. Last week, a storm system swung through bringing blizzard conditions to parts of the Front Range.
Yet another storm brings rain and snow back into the forecast this week.
Cool air follows a cold front that pushes through the Northwest for the start of the workweek. A weak disturbance continues to bring one more day of light showers across the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a storm organizes in the Southwest, allowing for rain in cities such as Reno, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas by the afternoon.
By Wednesday night, the moisture from this system, in combination with the cool air left behind the front, will allow for snow across the higher elevations of California and Nevada.
The rain will stretch to the Camp Pendleton Fire, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.
Firefighters hope that a few showers will help to extinguish the fire that has been battling gusty Santa Ana winds that have caused the highest fire threat in five years for Southern California.
While the drought in the Southwest has eased slightly since the end of summer, many areas are still in need of rain. However, any substantial rain that falls on the dry barren land that has been recently burnt could instead cause flooding.
The storm shifts eastward through the day on Thursday, bringing the wet weather to the Four Corners. Once again, the higher elevations will receive several inches of snow.
Like last week's storm, the low shifts into eastern Wyoming and the northern Plains by the end of the week. Some snow will accompany the storm, but snowflakes will remain in the higher elevations and are not expected to total anywhere near the feet of snow from last week.
After a cooler-than-normal summer 2014, the Northeast can anticipate more 90-degree days. Meanwhile, drought conditions will expand in the West.
Early indications suggest that the first tropical system of 2015 could spin up off the southern Atlantic Coast of the United States later this week.
Parts of this week will feel more like summer across the Midwest and Northeast with the warmest days of 2015 set to unfold.
Thunderstorms are set to return to the Plains for the first week of May following a relatively quiet end to April.
Very warm Saharan air will spread across southern Europe through much of this week.
North Carolina (1993)
4-5" of rain in the mountains.
10"-20" of snow in the higher elevations (3rd-4th). (3.1" of snow in December).
Philadelphia, PA (1774)
"The houses this morning are all covered with snow" (source unknown). (As much as 4").