Temperatures are on the rise across the desert Southwest with widespread 100 degree readings from Palm Springs, CA to Phoenix, AZ. Death Valley reached 111 today it will very similar tomorrow. Visitors to the region should be prepared for the heat and drink plenty of water. Near the coast and mountains, much cooler and very pleasant temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
After a very long…gray…wet winter in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is long overdue for some sun and warmth. Mid 80s west side Sunday and 70s east side with abundant sunshine should attract a lot of people outdoors. Just be careful in rivers and lakes because the water is still very cold and you can easily get hypothermia. Highs will be 10 to nearly 20 degrees above normal for the 3rd week of May. This great weather does extend north in Washington as well.
A cold rain in Nebraska will keep temperatures way below normal on Saturday. Highs only in the 40s in the northern part of the state will be nearly 30 degrees below normal for mid-May. This rain and cold weather extends throughout the Midwest. If this were just a month or so ago, we’d be talking about a heavy snow event.
Freeze warnings are in effect tonight up and down the front range of the Colorado Rockies. The cold snowy storm that affected the region the last few days continues to linger and with clearer skies tonight temperatures will drop to near freezing. This will include Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.
While snow will be diminishing in the Rockies, the cold air will linger over the region. Highs only in the 40s across much of Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Temperatures like these are way below normal, as much as 30 degrees below. Expect 90 degrees again as far north as New York City Friday.
High temperature nearly 30 degrees below normal Thursday with heavy snow expected in the mountains west of Denver through Friday. By next week this will be a distant memory as warmer weather and high pressure moves in for an extended period.
Doesn’t hurt to cover this big storm again. Travel is not looking good or wise in Wyoming and Colorado the next few days. Two feet of snow is possible on I-70 west of Denver and I-80 west of Cheyenne. And this will be a heavy wet snow so any trees with leaves could break. Good luck to the road crews on this one and I hope travelers are prepared for this.