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National Weather Summary for Friday, January 22, 2016

by WeatherOps, on Jan 22, 2016 3:32:18 AM

Severe thunderstorms are possible on Friday across Northern and Central Florida. Significant winter weather is likely across the Mid-South, Appalachia, and the Mid Atlantic.

Mid-South/Appalachia/Mid-Atlantic:A strong winter storm will impact a large portion of the eastern United States beginning on Friday. Rain has already begun to change over to snow across southern Appalachia and into the Mid-South. As a developing surface low over the Deep South continues to track towards the northeast, this snowfall will also spread north and east. A large swath of 4+ inch snowfall totals will reach from northern Mississippi all the way to the Mid-Atlantic. Snowfall totals of over 8 inches are expected across much of Kentucky eastward to the Delmarva Peninsula. The heaviest snowfall totals will be found over the central Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, northern and western Virginia, western Maryland, and D.C. where widespread accumulations of over one foot will be common. Snowfall totals well in excess of two feet will be common over mountainous areas. These snowfall accumulations will result in travel impacts ranging from hazardous to crippling in some areas.

In addition to this snowfall threat, freezing rain is expected over central North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Widespread accumulations of one-quarter to one-half inch are expected, with locally higher amounts in excess of one inch possible in some locations. These ice accumulations will lead to tree damage and scattered to numerous power outages.

Northern and Central Florida: Thunderstorms will be ongoing Friday morning across the Florida Panhandle ahead of a cold front. These thunderstorms will continue to spread south and east as this cold front continues to push into the region. Conditions will be favorable for some of these thunderstorms to become severe, with damaging wind gusts being the primary hazard. A few tornadoes will also be possible. The severe weather threat should diminish during the late afternoon hours as the line of thunderstorms pushes out into the Atlantic Ocean.

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