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Valid Friday, April 25, 2014 to Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Summary of Forecasts and Hazards

US HAZARDS OUTLOOK
NWS CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
300 PM EDT APRIL 22 2014

SYNOPSIS: AT THE START OF THE HAZARDS OUTLOOK, LOW PRESSURE OVER THE GREAT LAKES IS FORECAST TO MOVE TOWARDS NEW ENGLAND. HIGH PRESSURE IS ANTICIPATED TO BUILD IN BEHIND THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE HIGH PLAINS, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND GREAT LAKES. SURFACE AND UPPER-LEVEL LOW PRESSURE WILL AFFECT THE WESTERN U.S. BY LATE THIS WEEKEND, LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND MOVE SLOWLY TOWARDS THE OHIO AND TENNESSE VALLEYS AS ITS TRAILING COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. AREAS OF LOW PRESSURE ARE FORECAST TO MOVE FROM SOUTH OF THE ALEUTIANS TO THE GULF OF ALASKA.

HAZARDS DETAILED SUMMARY

FOR FRIDAY APRIL 25 - TUESDAY APRIL 29: THERE ARE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF FLOOD-RELATED DESIGNATIONS ON THE MAP IN THE SOUTHEAST. THESE ARE GENERALLY DUE TO WET ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS.

A TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT ASSOCIATED WITH LOW PRESSURE FORECAST OVER THE GREAT LAKES LEADS TO HIGH WINDS (20-30 KTS OR GREATER) FOR PARTS OF THE GREAT LAKES APR 25.

LOW PRESSURE AT THE SURFACE AND ALOFT WILL AFFECT THE WESTERN CONUS. HEAVY SNOW
(6-12 INCHES OR GREATER) IS POSSIBLE FOR HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE NORTHERN SIERRAS APR 25, AND FOR PARTS OF THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ROCKIES APR 25-26.

LOW PRESSURE IS FORECAST TO DEEPEN AND MOVE FROM THE GREAT BASIN TO THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS AND THEN THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS. HIGH WINDS (20-40 KTS) ARE ANTICIPATED FOR PARTS OF THE SOUTHWEST, PLAINS, ROCKIES, UPPER AND MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEYS, AND GREAT LAKES APR 25-29. THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS FORECAST TO CAUSE HEAVY RAIN (2-3 INCHES)FOR PARTS OF THE MIDDLE AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEYS, OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS, SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS, AND SOUTHEAST APR 28-29. SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED FOR PARTS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS APR 26, AND FOR PARTS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS AND LOWER AND MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEYS APR 27.

AN ACTIVE METEOROGOLOGICAL FIRE WEATHER PATTERN FEATURING WIDESPREAD STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL LIKELY DEVELOP AND AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN CONUS AND SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS LATE THIS WEEK AND THIS WEEKEND.

FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 30 - TUESDAY MAY 06: BY WEEK-2, THE GENERAL CIRCULATION PATTERN AT 500-HPA IS EXPECTED TO FEATURE TROUGHS OVER THE EASTERN U.S. AND THE ALEUTIANS WHILE RIDGES ARE ANTICIPATED OVER THE WEST-CENTRAL CONUS AND ALASKA. NO SPECIFIC HAZARDS CAN BE DESIGNATED OVER THE CONUS WITH CONFIDENCE AT THIS RANGE, OTHER THAN CONTINUING LONG-TERM DROUGHT AREAS.

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR VALID ON APRIL 15, SEVERE DROUGHT COVERAGE HAS INCREASED NEARLY A PERCENTAGE POINT, FROM 24.23 PERCENT LAST WEEK (CONUS) TO 25.20 PERCENT THIS WEEK.

FLOODING IS POSSIBLE FOR PORTIONS OF THE YUKON RIVER AND PARTS OF CENTRAL ALASKA DUE TO ICE JAMS AS RIVER ICE BREAK-UP IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE DURING THE PERIOD.

FORECASTER: RANDY SCHECHTER

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