EF0 tornado hits MA city, snow falls in AK and WY

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Boston, MA, United States (4E) – Labor Day weekend’s weather saw an EF0 tornado land in Worcester, Massachusetts and snow falling in parts of northern Alaska and Wyoming on Sunday.

The tornado lasting four minutes snapped and uprooted trees in the Vernon Hill neighborhood southeast of Worcester around 8:10 p.m. Sunday, according to Officer Tom Mulvey of the Worcester Police Department.

The tornado with 85 mph winds touched down near the intersection of Perry Avenue and Fairfax Road, just to the east of Interstate 290 and moved 1.7 miles up to Gordon Street, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

There were no reports of injuries while damage to homes and cars were minor.

In Wyoming, snow fell on U.S. 26 and 287 as well as the top of Grand Targhee Resort northwest of Dubois Sunday afternoon, the NWS office in Riverton said. The snow levels lowered to 9,000 feet in the state’s northwest.

The NWS in Fairbanks issued the first winter-storm warning since June for Brooks Range with forecast of eight inches of wind-driven snow in the remote part of Alaska Monday and Tuesday. Snow levels were expected to drop to around 2,000 feet in the mountains around Fairbanks. A cold front will also see below-average temperatures chilling parts of Alaska’s interior in the next several days.

Meanwhile, heavy and gusty thunderstorms are expected from Michigan to northern Indiana while severe storms are forecast from southern Indiana to Missouri, southeastern Kansas and northern Oklahoma starting Monday night, according to AccuWeather.com.

Afternoon threats include damaging wind gusts, large hail and frequent lightning. The overnight threat is flooding downpour that can cause slower traffic and travel delays.

The severe weather will shift eastward to the Mid-Atlantic leaving drier conditions in the latter half of Tuesday.

Wunderground forecast a low pressure system moving over the Great Lakes and southern Canada on Monday, while an onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel storms over the Southeast.

The low pressure system is expected to bring severe thunderstorms over southwest Michigan, northwest Indiana, southern Wisconsin, Illinois, southeast Iowa, Missouri and eastern Kansas. Aside from the threat of large hail, dangerous straight line winds and isolated tornadoes, the storm could cause flashfloods in western Indiana, central Illinois, Missouri, northwest Arkansas, southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.

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