One of the fall season’s first storm systems is in full swing, bringing high-elevation snow to the West, heavy rain and severe weather to the Plains and eventually a noticeable drop in temperatures for a large area of the nation after summerlike temperatures brought record-breaking heat to millions of Americans.
On Tuesday, severe thunderstorms produced large hail in parts of the Plains, including these large hailstones that fell in Kansas.
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More of the same is expected in parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Wednesday.
Wet Wednesday expected in the southern Plains
The FOX Forecast Center says that by Wednesday, the cold front will stretch from Minnesota to Texas, which will once again lead to widespread rain along the front.
The bulk of the action will be focused on Oklahoma and Texas, but the cold front is expected to slow down and allow for extra moisture to build into the region.
The rain is welcome in the Plains, and the predicted 2 to 3 inches of rain will help parched areas, but there's also the potential for some areas to pick up 3 to 5 inches of rain through the week, which could lead to flash flooding.
The storm system is also creating snow on the backside of it, and higher elevations in the West could pick up a few inches through Wednesday. The bulk of the snow will be found in northwestern Wyoming, where the highest elevations could pick up 3 to 5 inches through late Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday weather forecast
The rain will continue in the southern Plains on Thursday as cooler temperatures begin to filter in from the north.
The Northeast will see the rain starting Friday and continuing at times through the weekend.
Additionally, the computer forecast models are hinting at a secondary cold front with another shot of cool Canadian air by Friday, which will continue spreading south and east across much of the central and eastern U.S. into the weekend.
A snowy beginning
Ski areas, like Brighton Resort in Utah, posted photos of snow in the area to get people excited for the upcoming season.