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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Stormy week ahead for many US truckers

Spring snow in Rockies, severe thunderstorms in other regions

Dicey weather could slow down truckers and supply chains this week across the eastern half the country.

Strong frontal systems, plenty of humidity and increasing instability will produce periods of torrential rain and intense thunderstorms Monday through Wednesday.


Related: 5 things truckers should know about severe storms


Several tornadoes damaged parts of Mississippi Sunday night. The threat for more potential tornadoes Monday, in addition to areas of severe thunderstorm winds and large hail, stretches from the Texas Panhandle to the Ohio Valley. This includes places such as Lubbock, Texas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis; Evansville, Indiana; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta; Columbia, South Carolina; as well as Charlotte, North Carolina.

The risk for severe storms and tornadoes Wednesday shifts eastward, putting places like Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville, Alabama; Tupelo, Jackson and Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the crosshairs.

Heavy rain could lead to flash flooding, which may force ramp and road closures. By Wednesday, severe storms should become more isolated, impacting fewer areas.

Other notable weekend weather

Drivers will have to chain up Monday in the Rockies west of Denver. Ten inches or more of spring snow could pile up in some high elevations along the Interstate 70 corridor. Roads will be slick heading through the Eisenhower Tunnel area, the Wet Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Willow Creek Pass, the Rabbit Ears Range and Berthoud Pass.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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