Today’s Winter Storm Analysis

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Strong Winter Storm Over Southeast To Become Strong Nor’easter

 

A strong winter storm over the Southeast will develop into a potent Nor’easter tonight and wreak havoc on the eastern US Thursday.  Heavy rain, snow, ice, and freezing rain will continue over the Southeast today as temperatures below freezing remain inland of the coast.  Due to heavy wet snow and ice accumulations, power outages are likely from heavy loading.  A swath of power issues are likely to develop as the swath of heavy snow and ice pushes into the Carolina’s and Virginia before impacting the Northeast.  Temperatures remain very cold this morning over the highest use states of the northern US as single digits and below zero readings maintain strong nat gas and heating demand.   Quickly on the heels of the developing Nor’easter is a Canadian Clipper tracking through the Midwest with light snowfall and a reinforcing blast of cold air.  We will have an update this morning on the Nor’easter’s coming impact on the Northeast coast.

 

Wednesday Afternoon Weather:  A wintery mess will set up across the Southeast as heavy rain, snow, ice, and freezing rain falls throughout the day and night.  In areas where temperatures remain below zero, heavy snow and ice accumulations should be expected.  This storm will kick out into the Thursday and develop into a strong Nor'easter.  In addition, a Canadian Clipper will be slowly tracking through the Midwest with some light snowfall.  And the northwestern US continues to get pummeled by Pacific storms.

Today’s Weather: A wintry mess will set up across the Southeast as heavy rain, snow, ice, and freezing rain falls throughout the day and night. In areas where temperatures remain below zero, heavy snow and ice accumulations should be expected. This storm will kick out  Tonight and develop into a strong Nor’easter. In addition, a Canadian Clipper will be slowly tracking through the Midwest with some light snowfall. And the northwestern US continues to get pummeled by Pacific storms.

 

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Doppler radar shows a large region of precipitation over the Southeast. A wintry mix of precipitation is falling as below freezing temperatures remain over the northern portions of the Gulf States. This has led to snow, ice, and freezing rain leading to a heavy accumulations on trees and power lines. Oranges and yellows show heavy precipitation

 

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Morning temperatures over the Midwest and Northeast were again in the single digits and below zero leading to another night of strong nat and heating demand for the highest use northern states. Over the Southeast temperatures were below freezing inland of the coast which is supporting the wintry mess.

 

Wednesday Morning Water Vapor Satellite Image

Wednesday Morning Water Vapor Satellite Image

 

1)  The storm over the Southeast doesn’t look all that organized as far as a wrapped up cyclone.  Sometimes it doesn’t have to be when abundant moisture is available.  However, it will look like an impressive storm once this feature starts moving out of the Carolina’s later today and the system wraps up into a Nor’easter.

 

2)  High pressure is temporarily over the Northeast today which will allow temps to warm considerably compared to yesterday.  This will be a brief break as the Nor’easter moves in later tonight.

 

 

3)  The next Canadian Clipper is tracking through southern Canada with a fresh blast of cold air.  It will have a band of light snowfall accompany it as it tracks through the Midwest today and tonight.

 

4) A secondary disturbance is also over the northern Plains and will merge with the advancing Clipper. Only some light precipitation is associated with this feature.

 

5)  Pacific storms continue to pummel the northwestern US with heavy rain and snow.

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