Tornadoes, Blizzards, Flooding, Wildfires This Week

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Nature will unleash a variety of severe weather conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, including a blizzard, heavy snow, tornadoes, destructive hail, damaging winds, flooding, and extreme wildfire danger. The 3-day forecast.

NWS weather alerts

Here are the latest weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Tuesday:

Blizzard warning: western Montana, northern South Dakota, North Dakota.

Winter storm warning for portions of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.

Winter weather advisory for portions of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado.

Red flag warnings for Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.

High wind warnings, watches and advisories for parts of California, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas.

Severe weather and flooding risk in central US, South

The risk of severe weather spans from Texas to Minnesota over parts of the Midwest and the southern US on Tuesday into Wednesday. Potential weather conditions include severe thunderstorms, destructive hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

As of early Tuesday, the NWS sent out a warning to take shelter. At least one tornado had been spotted near Olmstead, less than 20 miles north of Little Rock, where a tornado had reportedly struck on Monday, damaging homes knocking out power, WPXI reported.

On Tuesday, at least 17 states are under severe weather risk. A level 4 severe weather risk exists over most of Iowa, with a level 3 risk spanning parts of Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri, as well as over Eastern Texas. A level 3 risk spans Texas and Louisiana into Mississippi and North into Wisconsin and Michigan.

A flooding risk over parts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.

On Wednesday, the severe weather threat moves slightly east to include portions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Risk of flooding over Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

The 3-day forecast: Blizzards, snow, catastrophic fire risk, and more

Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Tuesday: Blizzard, heavy snow, fire danger, severe weather, flooding

Blizzard conditions in the northern Midwest. Heavy snow over parts of northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Colorado, as well as snow over portions of Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.

Critical fire danger for large portions of New Mexico and Texas, into western Oklahoma, Eastern Colorado, much of Kansas, and southern Nebraska.

Thunderstorms over the central US, South, mid-South, upper Midwest, Ohio Valley in mid-Atlantic.

*See above for severe weather and flooding for Tuesday

Wednesday: Heavy snow, severe weather, flooding, fire risk

Heavy snow over parts of Oregon, California, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Snow over parts of Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.

Critical fire weather possible over parts of New Mexico and Texas.

Thunderstorms over parts of the southern plains, South, Southeast, mid-South, upper Midwest, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.

*See above for severe weather and flooding for Wednesday.

Thursday: Heavy snow, thunderstorms

Heavy snow over parts of Minnesota, Oregon, and California, with snow over parts of Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Thunderstorms over the South, Southeast, along the Atlantic coast into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.