Saturday Soaker For The Eastern US

Written by on January 9, 2014 in NatGasWeather - No comments

Heavy Rains To Fall Over Eastern US Saturday

 

A strong rainstorm is expected to rapidly develop over the next 36 hours in the south-central US.  This is a fairly mild system compared to the recent winter storms that have impacted the US the past several weeks.  It does not have a lot of cold air associated with it, allowing most of the precipitation to fall as rain.  As the cyclone spins up in the central US, a precipitation shield will rapidly expand as the low begins to move toward the East coast Saturday morning.  Southerly winds ahead of the storm and associated cold front will bring very mild conditions with many locations seeing highs in the 50s and 60s across the Northeast with even some 70s and 80s over the Southeast and into Florida.  Rainfall amounts across much of the eastern US will be near or over one inch, all of which will fall over a quick period of time.  Areas that receive stronger thunderstorms could see amounts closer to 2″.   As we mentioned, its not the coldest weather system, but there should be some snow on the back end of the front and also into the Midwest and New England where enough cold air will get wrapped into the storm for some accumulating snowfall.

 

We have been mentioning the low neat Texas will finally move east, but should strengthen quite rapidly when it does so, leading to a wide swath of moderate to heavy rains along a cold front.  It is a fairly mild storm, so most of the precipitation will fall as rain, but snow should be expected briefly as the precipitation ends except for the Upper Midwest and New England where snow will fall.

We have been mentioning the low neat Texas will finally move east, but should strengthen quite rapidly when it does so, leading to a wide swath of moderate to heavy rains along a cold front. It is a fairly mild storm, so most of the precipitation will fall as rain, but snow should be expected briefly as the precipitation ends except for the Upper Midwest and New England where snow will fall.  Shaded is precipitation amounts over a 12 hour period Saturday afternoon.

 

High temperatures Saturday will be quite mild across much of the US.  Ahead of the cold front that will bring heavy rains, temperatures will warm into the 60s and 70s for all of the Southeast.  Very few places in the Midwest and Northeast will be below freezing.

High temperatures Saturday will be quite mild across much of the US. Ahead of the cold front that will bring heavy rains, temperatures will warm into the 60s and 70s for all of the Southeast. Very few places in the Midwest and Northeast will be below freezing.

 

The image shows precipitation accumulations from now through Sunday Morning.  Moderate to heavy rain will track across the eastern US with many locations seeing more than an inch of rain, locally closer to two.  The western US will also see receive heavy mountain snow with valley rains.

The image shows precipitation accumulations from now through Sunday Morning. Moderate to heavy rain will track across the eastern US with many locations seeing more than an inch of rain, locally closer to two. The western US will also see receive heavy mountain snow with valley rains.

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