Today's national forecast map shows a couple of weather stories for the day. On the West Coast, the remnants of Super Typhoon Melor, which last week was the first typhoon to make landfall in Japan in two years, has turned into the first powerful fall Pacific storm of the season. Wind could reach 40-60 mph plus in coastal locations of California and even higher in the Sierra Nevadas, where several feet of snow is also possible. In addition, torrential rain will pummel northern and central California. Read more about this storm in Dr. Rob Carver's blog on Weather Underground.
In the mountain west and northern Plains, winter weather in the form of scattered snow showers and some freezing rain (mainly in Nebraska) is possible.
For the Lower Mississippi Valley, including the Mid-South, it will be another rain-soaked day with the threat of flash flooding to the south of the metro area. For an excellent discussion of today's weather scenario, check out Eddie Holmes' forecast discussion for west TN. The map below shows the potential rainfall amounts for the next 24 hours. The Mid-South is in the 2"+ shading, so keep the umbrella handy today! You can also see the precip amounts expected along the west coast from the storm mentioned above.
As for the forecast, a couple more wet days are expected this week before drying takes place by this weekend. Significantly cooler air is also expected this weekend. If you have yet to crank up the heat this fall, this weekend may be your chance! The MWN Forecast will have the latest.
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