National Weather Forecast – Insurance Claims Expected

Heavy rain Oregon and central U.S. midweek
M. Ressler, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Mar .20, 2012 11:19 am ET
South |

– Rain and thunderstorms will target the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and western Tennessee Wednesday.

– An additional 1 to 4 inches of rain are likely across Arkansas and Louisiana and flash flooding is possible.

– A few severe thunderstorms could develop in southeast Louisiana.

– Pop-up showers and t-storms will extend from the Carolinas to Florida.

– Lows will be in the 50s and 60s except 35 to 50 degrees in the southern Plains and low 70s southern Louisiana and south Florida.

– With temperatures below average in the southern Plains but still well above average in the Southeast, highs will range from the 50s across the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles to near-record 80s in much of the Southeast.

– A few thunderstorms will dot the Southeast Thursday ahead of the main band of rain and thunderstorms heading eastward from the lower Mississippi Valley. Showers will linger across Oklahoma and adjacent parts of Texas.

Midwest |

– Rain and thunderstorms will extend from western Lake Superior to Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.

– Additional 1-to-3-inch rainfall across parts of Missouri could cause flash flooding.

– No severe thunderstorms are expected.

– Temperatures will be up to 45 degrees above average around the Great Lakes.

– Lows will be 25 to 50 degrees in the Plains and 50 to 64 degrees in the Great Lakes and mid-Mississippi/Ohio Valleys.

– Highs will be 55 to 70 degrees in the Plains and uppermost Midwest and record 80s from eastern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan to the Ohio Valley.

– Showers will linger in the Plains as the main band of rain and some embedded thunderstorms head from the Mississippi Valley into the western Great Lakes and lower Ohio Valley.

West |

– Rain, possibly mixed with snow, is likely across easternmost Colorado and northeast New Mexico along the western fringe of the Plains storm midweek.

– Meanwhile, an active jet stream over a stalled front will bring more rain and mountain snow to the Northwest from northernmost California, Oregon and Washington to northwest Montana.

– Locally 1-to-4-inch rains will target western Oregon with foot- plus additional snows in the Oregon Cascades.

– Snow levels will range from as low as between 500 and 1000 ft in western Washington to between 5000 and 6000 feet in northern California.

– Lows will range from between 10 degrees and the 20s in the Rockies to the 40s and low 50s in the lower elevations of California.

– With temperatures below average in parts of the Pacific Northwest and southern New Mexico but above average from California to much of Montana, Wyoming and northern Colorado, highs will range from the 30s and 40s in most of Washington to the 70s and near 80 degrees in the deserts.

– Showers and mountain snow continue across northern California, Oregon, Washington, northern/central Idaho and northwest Montana Thursday. Also rain could linger in easternmost Colorado.


– Some showers and thunderstorms are possible over the southern Mid-Atlantic midweek, mainly southern Virginia.

– Dry weather and partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies will target the northern Mid-Atlantic, New York and New England.

– Areas of morning fog are again possible, especially in the eastern Mid-Atlantic.

– Temperatures will be 15 to 41 degrees above average.

– More record highs are expected.

– Lows will be in the 40s and 50s.

– Highs will mainly peak in the 70s and some 80s, but there may be some coastal 60s from Cape Cod to the Jersey shore.

– Thursday will be dry and warm with only a few isolated t-storms in the Virginias.


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