Severe Storm Potential on Super Bowl Weekend and More Weather News


Severe storms are threatening to stir up trouble over Super Bowl weekend beginning on Friday; plus, more of today’s weather news and forecast.

Severe storms could shake up Super Bowl plans

As fans arrive in Miami for on Sunday for the Super Bowl, a storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico as expected to kick off on Friday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that severe storms are possible today north and south of the Miami area, but no watches or warnings have been issued.

Friday’s storm will bring a 50% chance of drizzle in the afternoon. Overnight, a cold front will move through the Miami area and rainfall is expected to strengthen overnight.

There is a slight risk that an outbreak of severe weather could occur, especially early on Saturday. Storm risks include heavy rain, minor flooding, small hail, and strong wind.

There is also a slight risk of potential tornadoes and waterspouts.

The storm threat exists beyond Miami, north to Fort Lauderdale, west to Marco Island, and south to Key Largo and Key West. There is a very low risk of severe weather farther north to West Palm Beach and Fort Myers.

The severe weather threat is expected to dissipate by midmorning on Saturday, but rain showers are expected to linger into the evening.

A dry out is anticipated for Super Bowl Sunday, with storms moving out of the area.

On game day, Miami’s daytime highs are expected near 70 degrees, dropping to 65 around by the 6:30 PM kickoff time.

East and South can expect to warm up early next week

Early next week, a strong push of warm Gulf air will bring less winter-like temperatures to the southern and eastern portions of the US.

For the eastern half of the nation, some areas will experience spring-like temperatures that are going to feel anything but like early February.

February forecast models: Who will see above-average warmth or below-average cold?

For February, forecast models are predicting “very likely above average” temperatures for the New England states, the Virginians, Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.

“More likely above-average temperatures” are predicted for eastern Texas, Eastern Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.

The central US, upper Midwest, and the northern Rockies are expected to have near-average temperatures.

Where below-average temperatures are forecast

For the Western US, unfortunately, temperatures are expected to be “more likely below-average” and very likely below average in some regions such as portions of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and in southern Arizona.

Today’s US highs

West & Northwest: San Francisco 61, Los Angeles 80, Reno 62, Las Vegas 66, Seattle 56, Portland 61, Boise 46, Billings 56, Salt Lake City 43, Denver 54.

Southwest: Phoenix 73, Albuquerque 52, El Paso 57, Lubbock 55, San Antonio 62.

Upper Midwest & Central US: Bismarck 36, Rapid City 50, Minneapolis 53, Kansas City 40, St. Louis 43, Oklahoma City 51, Dallas 54.

South: Houston 59, Memphis 50, New Orleans 61, Atlanta 44, Charlotte 42, Jacksonville 69, Tampa 73, Miami 79.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 38, Detroit 32, Cincinnati 40.

East: Norfolk 50, Washington 48, Buffalo 33, New York 45, Boston 45, Bangor 23.