Major Tornado Activity Over Weekend, More Severe Weather for Next 2 Days

Saturday and Sunday saw at least 17 tornadoes across seven states, with more severe weather forecast over the next two days as snow continues in parts of the west and east; plus, more of today’s weather news and forecast.

17 tornadoes in 7 states over the weekend

Over the weekend, seven states saw at least 17 tornadoes that touched down ranging in strength from EF-1 to EF-3 with winds of up to 140 miles per hour.

An EF-3 tornado tore through Jonesboro, Arkansas, completely destroying at least 55 homes and the Mall at Turtle Creek. Arkansas’s governor has declared a state disaster.

Iowa saw the most tornadoes with 8, Illinois had 4, a trio of tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, 2 in Indiana, and one each in Missouri, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.

Today’s severe weather forecast

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rain and thunderstorms extending across the central US spanning from the Dakotas southward into Texas and eastward to the Carolinas.

The NWS forecast predicts thunderstorms for portions of southwestern Kansas and into western Oklahoma, as well as southeast Texas between Dallas and Houston, the northern half of Louisiana, and west-central Mississippi.

Flooding threat

The NWS issued a warning of the potential for flash flooding and heavy for portions of eastern Texas, and southeastern Oklahoma.

In addition, central and southern Arkansas, the northern half Louisiana, and over west-central and north-central areas of Mississippi are all at risk.

Wintry conditions continue in west and northeast

Portions of the west will continue to see snowfall throughout portions of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

In the Northeast, mostly a wintry mix but some areas could see some light snowfall.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 59, Los Angeles 73, Reno 52, Las Vegas 73, Salt Lake City 55, Denver 57.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 48, Portland 55, Boise 49, Billings 63, Cheyenne 52, Bismarck 64, Rapid City 63.

Southwest: Phoenix 79, Albuquerque 63, El Paso 73, San Antonio 78, Brownsville 88.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 74, Dallas 73, Oklahoma City 61, Kansas City 71, Minneapolis 57, Madison 53.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 48, St. Louis 66, Detroit 45, Cincinnati 61, Indianapolis 56.

South: Houston 83, New Orleans 81, Memphis 71, Birmingham 75, Atlanta 74, Raleigh 80, Jacksonville 90, Tampa 89, Miami 83.

East: Norfolk 75, Washington, D.C. 69, Buffalo 43, New York 57, Boston 43, Bangor 38.