Winter Storm Moves South, Tropical Storm Zeta Approaching US


The winter storm has moved south prompting a number of winter-related weather alerts and warnings, while Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to reach the US by Wednesday, and numerous red flag warnings in the West.

Winter-like storm moves into West, Southwest, and Southern Plains

The unseasonable winter-like storm that affected the northern tier of the US over the past several days moves south on Monday, bringing winter weather into parts of the West, Southwest, and across the Southern Plains.

Winter weather alerts

While Monday is typically a day where people search and look for new jobs near me, there are a number of winter weather alerts today and driving conditions could be hazardous. Be sure to get real-time updates on traffic conditions in your area before taking to the road.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a number of weather alerts, as well as, its forecast for heavy snow and freezing rain.

Winter storm warning: Colorado; central Nebraska; Oklahoma Panhandle; northern and central New Mexico; northern and South Plains Texas.

Winter weather advisory: northern and central New Mexico; northeastern Colorado; southern Nebraska; Kansas; northwestern Missouri; central Oklahoma.

Freeze warning: eastern Utah; southern Nevada; southeastern California; northern, northwestern and southeast Arizona; central Texas

Hard freeze warning: southeast Arizona; southeastern New Mexico; Western Texas

Freezing rain: Central and northern Texas; Western central and northeastern Oklahoma; southeastern Kansas southwestern and central Missouri; northwestern Arkansas.

Tropical storm Zeta to reach US by Wednesday

Tropical Storm Zeta was approaching the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula early Monday and was moving toward the northern Gulf of Mexico, as of 5 AM on Monday, ABC 3340 reports. Zeta is expected to be at hurricane strength by the time you read this.

Forecasters expect Zeta to reach the northern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, where due to cooler waters, is expected to decrease from hurricane strength back to tropical strength.

Zeta is expected to make landfall somewhere along the Louisiana coast between late Wednesday-early Thursday, but the possibility of landfall somewhere between Alabama or near the Florida Panhandle cannot be ruled out.

Numerous red flag warnings across the West

A critical fire threat on Monday as high winds and stormy conditions will increase the fire danger across a vast expanse of the Western US. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a number of red flag warnings, including southwestern Oregon; northern, central, south-central, southeastern, southwestern California; northern, southern, and northeastern Nevada; northwestern Arizona; throughout Utah.

Today’s US forecast: October 26, 2020

West: San Francisco 74, windy; Los Angeles 75, sunny; San Diego 76, mostly cloudy; Reno 49, sunny; Las Vegas 62, windy; Salt Lake City 38, sunny; Denver 16, snow.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 52, snow; Medford 66, sunny; Cut Bank 28, windy; Billings 26, windy; Minot 30, partly cloudy; Rapid City 66, partly cloudy; Cheyenne 15, partly cloudy.

Southwest: Phoenix 68, partly cloudy; Tucson 70, mostly cloudy; Albuquerque 37, snow; El Paso 70, mostly sunny; San Antonio 78, thunderstorms; Brownsville 90, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 31, cloudy; Dallas 55, rain; Oklahoma City 34, rain; Kansas City 32, snow; Minneapolis 31, partly cloudy; Madison 36, snow.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 41, cloudy; St. Louis 43, rain; Detroit 48, cloudy; Cincinnati 54, cloudy; Indianapolis 52, rain.

South: Houston 81, rain; Memphis 59, cloudy; New Orleans 81, partly cloudy; Birmingham 76, partly cloudy; Atlanta 70, cloudy; Charlotte 70, partly cloudy; Jacksonville 82, partly cloudy; Tampa 90, thunderstorms; Miami 84, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 68, cloudy; Washington, D.C. 66, cloudy; Philadelphia 67, cloudy; Buffalo 48, rain; New York City 63, cloudy; Boston 55, cloudy; Caribou 38, rain.