Potentially Damaging Winds Across the US, Fire Watch in West

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Heavy winds will extend from the northern Rockies into the Midwest, into the Appalachians and parts of the southeast, high winds are prompting a fire watch in the West, while parts of the Northwest and Northeast will see snow.

Windy conditions across the US

Windy conditions across much of the US on Tuesday, and could be potentially damaging in some locations. Outside of the continental US, Alaska is anticipating hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the following wind warnings on Tuesday.

Hurricane-force wind warning: For northwestern and western Alaska, including Nome and Fairbanks.

High wind warning: central and eastern Montana; western North Dakota; western South Dakota; Wyoming; central and western Nebraska; eastern Colorado; western Kansas; along the Appalachians.

High wind watch: central and western North Dakota; central and eastern South Dakota; central and western Nebraska; eastern Wyoming; western Kansas; along the Appalachians.

Wind advisory: southeastern California; southern Nevada; southern Idaho; eastern New Mexico; eastern Kansas; along the Appalachians; western North Carolina; western Virginia; southeastern West Virginia.

Fire weather watch: western Washington; southeastern and northeastern California; western and northern Nevada; southeastern Idaho; western Wyoming; north-central Montana.

Today’s snow forecast

Snow will stretch from the Northwest to the upper Midwest, extending down into parts of the Southwest on Tuesday. On the opposite side of the country, snow in the Northeast from Pennsylvania to Maine. Here’s the latest forecast by the National Weather Service.

West: Snow over eastern Washington and Oregon, and over the Western edge of both states, across all of Idaho, and over most of Montana and Wyoming. Snow will stretch across northern North Dakota and Minnesota. Farther south, snow will stretch across northern Nevada, into northern, central and eastern Utah, stretching over the western half of Colorado and descending into north-central New Mexico.

East: Snow will stretch from the northeastern tip of Pennsylvania across much of New York, over Vermont, into northern New Hampshire and across eastern and northeastern Maine.

Tuesday’s US weather forecast: December 22, 2020

West: San Francisco 58, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 71, mostly sunny; Reno 46, partly cloudy; Las Vegas 69, sunny; Salt Lake City 45, rain; Denver 60, sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 44, mostly sunny; Medford 43, partly cloudy; Boise 38, rain; Cut Bank 31, rain; Billings 45, windy; Minot 43, partly cloudy; Rapid City 61, windy.

Southwest: Phoenix 71, mostly sunny; Albuquerque 56, mostly sunny; El Paso 66, partly cloudy; San Antonio 74, partly cloudy; Brownsville 79, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 69, windy; Dallas 71, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 67, partly cloudy; Kansas City 62, mostly sunny; Minneapolis 43, cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 43, mostly sunny; St. Louis 53, sunny; Detroit 40, rain; Cincinnati 45, partly cloudy.

South: Houston 71, sunny; New Orleans 67, partly cloudy; Memphis 62, mostly sunny; Atlanta 58, sunny; Charlotte 57, sunny; Jacksonville 68, partly cloudy; Tampa 71, partly cloudy; Miami 75, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 53, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 49, rain; Buffalo 38, cloudy; New York City 45, rain; Boston 40, mostly sunny; Caribou 32, snow.