DISCUSSION: The United States is expected to see varying weather conditions throughout the week ranging from a more rain soaked West Coast to ice and record temperatures in some locations.
For portions of the Western United States, it will be a wet start to the week which is expected to follow through till midweek due to a strong low pressure system seen by the current analysis valid at 0900 UTC (view gallery). Coupled with a warm front, the immediate western region will remain in the wet pattern for some time. As elevations increase into the Rockies, snowfall is imminent . As California is becoming saturated from repeated rains, it would be no surprise that flooding will be likely in the Sierra's.
Today in addition to the strong system off the Pacific, an expansive low pressure system is set to track through the Mid-west and will make contact with a cooler airmass from Canada. To the south we are seeing some warm air from the Gulf which will increase those severe weather risks into the South extending as far as the Ohio Valley.
The big topic today ahead of the increased chances for some severe weather in the South is the chances for possible record breaking warmth ahead of the cold front associated with the lows in the Mississippi River area. Despite the wintry mix in parts of the country we are starting to see warmer February temperature extending from the Southern Plains to the Mid Atlantic which will follow into Wednesday.
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~Meteorologist Jessica Olsen