National Weather Forecast for Wednesday, March 15, 2017
by Daphne Thompson, on Mar 15, 2017 10:03:06 AM
Well below normal temperatures will prevail across the eastern half of the country today, with high temperatures staying below freezing across most of the Midwest and Northeast. Snow is continuing to fall in the Northeast as snow bands spread across the area.
The initial snow bands associated with a powerful late-season Nor'easter will begin to spread over the region through the remainder of this morning. Widespread snow totals in excess of 1 foot with localized amounts in excess of 20 inches are becoming increasingly likely. The heaviest snow will fall from this afternoon through early Wednesday morning, with snow showers lingering through early Thursday morning. Winds will also gust above 25-30 mph, causing significantly reduced visibilities due to blowing snow.
Significant Snowfall Possible for Maine on Wednesday
The Nor’easter impacting much of New England on Tuesday will continue to move away from the region into Wednesday. As the low lifts to the north into eastern Canada, heavy snowfall is forecast to continue into the early afternoon across portions of Maine. Additional accumulations of 6 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts within the heaviest snow bands. Strong winds and snowfall will result in reduced visibility due to the blowing snow.
Significant Snowfall for Wednesday
A Look Ahead
Into next week, across the Southern Plains a weak a low pressure system is forecast to become a stationary front across the area. Moisture and upper-level support will remain limited which will diminish precipitation and thunderstorm chances over the Southern Plains. Into the Midwest on Tuesday, moderate to heavy rainfall may be possible near the weak low pressure moving through the Ohio Valley. Further west on Tuesday, a cut-off low pressure system will move further east along the coast with moderate rainfall forecast along coastal California.
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