A series of storms will close in on the West Coast today. The result will be a stormy, unsettled day from California into Canada.
While rainy weather will settle in along much of the West Coast, those areas along the coastlines of Washington and Oregon are also in for powerful winds. The howling winds picked up overnight ahead of the storm and will continue in these areas for much of the day.
Wind gusts more than 70 mph in the region could push high-profile vehicles around on roadways and could even down trees or lead to sporadic power outages. While the rain will not be coming down in torrents, the windswept rain could also significantly reduce visibilities at times, making travel treacherous.
The storms will also deposit snow in the mountains of the West. The heaviest accumulations are expected in the Cascades of Washington and southern Coast Mountains in British Columbia. Snowfall totals will be on the order of 6 to 12 inches, with more than a foot possible on some of the peaks in British Columbia.
Lighter accumulations will blanket the northern Rockies and southern British Columbia. With milder air flowing northward ahead of the storm, a slushy mix of rain and snow could still create slick road conditions from southern Idaho into northwestern Nevada for a time today.
The storm responsible for the wind, cold, rain and snow in the Northeast Friday and Saturday will slowly ease up for the balance of the holiday weekend.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloudy with the risk of a few showers.
"This pup was literally singing when he saw his family," Michelle Karolicki, relocation program manager of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said about a reunion that took place on Thursday.
Another plunge of chilly air will set the stage for the risk of a frost and freeze centered Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states this weekend.
Downpours and locally severe thunderstorms over the Central states will not only foil holiday weekend activities, but will also put some lives at risk.
Erie, PA (1991)
One-half inch of rain fell in only 5 minutes.
New England (1967)
(25th-26th) Coastal New England battered by a great Nor'easter. Winds mounted to 70-80 mph on the coast. Blue Hill had sustained winds of 60 mph and Logan had sustained winds of 50 mph. Lowest pressure of 29.30" was measured over the ocean; 5-10" of snow fell in the Berkshires with considerable damage to the tobacco crop in the Connecticut River Valley. Temperature dropped to 31 degrees at Pittsfield on the 30th for a remarkable end of May freeze.
Cut Bank, MT (1982)
35 degrees with a mix of snow and rain. The high temperature from the previous day was 78.