Hazardous Weather Outlook for Friday, January 22, 2016
by WeatherOps, on Jan 21, 2016 8:17:32 AM
Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible on Friday for the Florida Panhandle. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are likely for Central Appalachia and the Mid Atlantic.
Central Appalachia/Mid-Atlantic: A surface low will track out of the Deep South and across the Carolinas on Friday. Moisture will continue to surge into the region, while cold air moves south. Heavy snowfall accumulations are expected to begin Friday morning across western North Carolina, and spread north into Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. by Friday night. On Friday alone, snowfall accumulations of 6-12 inches can be expected across most of the region, with locally higher amounts in excess of 18 inches possible in some locations. The heaviest totals are expected to occur in mountainous areas along the Virginia/West Virginia border.
Further south across the North Carolina Piedmont Region and into Upstate South Carolina, freezing rain can be expected. An additional quarter to half an inch of ice is forecast, which will bring storm totals into the 0.35-0.75 inch range. These ice accumulations will lead to tree damage and scattered to numerous power outages.
Florida Panhandle: A lingering severe weather threat will be possible early Friday morning as a cold front continues to push east into the Florida Panhandle. The primary threat will be for damaging winds, though an isolated tornado or two cannot be completely ruled out. The severe threat will diminish during the afternoon as the front pushes out into the Atlantic.