Heavy Rain Brings Flash Flooding Across the East

A deluge of rain has brought flash flooding across many parts of the East, Ohio Valley, and Southeast, and the heavy rains will continue on Tuesday, while more snow out West and a high fire risk in the four corners states; plus, today’s forecast.

Deluge brings flash flooding across Eastern US

May 2020 is on track to become the wettest on record for the third year in a row. Tropical storm Arthur is moving away from the East Coast but a slow-moving system has brought heavy rain and flash flooding from the Great Lakes to the southeast.

Widespread flood alerts are in effect across the Midwest and into parts of the Ohio Valley. Chicago has seen 20 percent of its annual rainfall in a matter of a couple of days. A Lakeshore flood warning is in effect for Lake Erie.

In the South, there is potential flooding in portions of Western North Carolina into parts of the Tennessee Valley.

Wet weather in the West, Central US

Parts of the western US, Northwest and northern Rockies will also see showers today in California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Western North Dakota, and northern Utah. There will also be some shower activity in eastern Colorado, South Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska.

Portions of the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley will see rainfall, particularly in Minnesota which will see 4+ inches of rain, while portions of Wisconsin and Illinois will see between 2-4 inches of rain.

Snow over the Sierra

In elevations above 7000 feet in the high Sierra, more snow is expected, as much as twelve inches.

Fire weather warning

A critical fire weather warning has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) across the four corners states due to strong winds and above-average temperatures much of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Eastern Colorado, and the deserts of southeastern California and southeastern Nevada.

The areas with the highest risk are Eastern Utah, Western Colorado around the Utah border, Eastern Arizona, and Western New Mexico extending into the central area of the state including Albuquerque.

Today’s US forecast

West: San Francisco 63, windy; Los Angeles 72, sunny; Reno 58, rain; Las Vegas 75, windy; Salt Lake City 81, partly cloudy; Denver 89, mostly sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 68, mostly cloudy; Medford 65, partly cloudy; Boise 55, thunderstorms; Billings 79, sunny; Minot 82, windy; Rapid City 84, sunny.

Southwest: Phoenix 90, sunny; Albuquerque 89, partly cloudy; El Paso 96, sunny; San Antonio 100, sunny; Brownsville 96, sunny.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 102, mostly sunny; Dallas 94, sunny; Oklahoma City 79, sunny; Kansas City 71, partly cloudy; Minneapolis 70, mostly cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 59, rain; St. Louis 64, rain; Detroit 66, rain; Cincinnati 65, rain.

South: Houston 95, sunny; New Orleans 90, mostly sunny; Memphis 72, partly cloudy; Atlanta 75, partly cloudy; Charlotte 70, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 92, mostly sunny; Tampa 87, partly cloudy; Miami 84, thunderstorms.

East: Norfolk 61, rain; Washington, D.C. 68, cloudy; Buffalo 70, mostly cloudy; New York 67, partly cloudy; Boston 55, partly cloudy; Caribou 64, mostly sunny.