Heavy amounts of snow expected for the Rockies the next few days. This will cause serious travel issues on I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie as well as I-70 west of Denver. More than foot of snow expected at the higher elevations. This amount of snow this late in the season could cause branches to come down, especially if leaves are on the trees already. Visitors to Yellowstone NP may be caught off-guard as well as nearly 8 inches is expected in the park.
High temperatures today near 90 degrees from Minnesota to Florida. It’s beginning to look a lot like summer. This heat will move into New England the next few days as residents there will be shocked by highs near 90 after such a long stretch cool weather. Of note on the map is Phoenix and Las Vegas in the mid 70s and Portland/Seattle only in the mid 50s.
Winter will make a final appearance in the West the next few days a cool moist weather system moves in. This could surprise some travelers on I-80, I-15, and I-84 from Nevada to Colorado and Wyoming. Travelers to Yellowstone too may find 8 inches or more of snow. Snow in May is by no means unprecedented, but snow possibly down to some valley floors is certainly unusual. Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls, Elko, and Laramie all stand a good chance of seeing accumulations.
High temperatures will only reach the low 70s across southern Califorina today which will be as much as 25 degrees below normal. Still though, low 70s and sunshine may be below normal but really ends up nearly perfect. In fact, check out our other blog about perfect weather. It will remain “chilly” a few more days a reinforcing low pressure drops down from the North Pacific, but later in the week strong high pressure will return to warm things up.
Late season snow could catch travelers off-guard on I-80 Wednesday in Nevada. A couple inches are possible even in Elko. This late snow seems unusual, and it is, but is not unprecedented. Elko has had over 7″ of snow as late as May 21, but this goes back to the 1970s. Two inches has fallen in Elko in May as recently as 2015.
A late seasons nor’easter in New England will cause some very wet weather, especially around Boston, Massachusetts. Expect more than an inch of rain. Good thing this is not winter or this would be a real nice snowstorm. Also expect some gusty winds over 40 mph along the coast.