National Weather Summary for Thursday, January 31, 2019
by David Moran, on Jan 31, 2019 10:05:38 AM
An area of low pressure will bring the potential for excessive rainfall to Southern California through Friday. Continued snow is expected through Thursday afternoon across western New York. Snow is expected across portions of the Midwest through early Friday afternoon. A weak area of low pressure moving over the Gulf of Mexico will produce elevated winds and seas through Friday morning.
- Excessive Rainfall through Friday for Southern California
- Continued Snow across Western New York through Thursday Afternoon
- Snow through Early Friday Afternoon across the Midwest
- Elevated Winds and Seas across the Gulf of Mexico through Friday Morning
Excessive Rainfall through Friday for Southern California
The combination of deep moisture and the track of an area of low pressure across southern California will produce heavy rainfall. Rainfall rates could range 0.50-0.75 inches per hour. The areas of increased risk will stretch along the southern California coast from Santa Barbara to Oceanside. Two day rainfall totals of 2-3 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 4 inches are expected.
Major Cities in Region: Santa Barbara, CA
Rainfall Accumulation through Friday
Continued Snow across Western New York through Thursday Afternoon
Snow will continue across western New York on Thursday as an area of low pressure moves eastward. Total snow accumulations of 18-21 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 24 inches are forecast. In addition to the snow, winds of more than 35 mph will result in blowing snow and wind chills ranging from -15°F to -25°F.
Major Cities in Region: Buffalo, NY, Syracuse, NY
Snow Accumulation for Thursday
Snow through Early Friday Afternoon across the Midwest
Moist air will stream into the region; with Arctic air in place, snow is expected across portions of the Midwest through early Friday afternoon. Snowfall totals will range 2-4 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 6 inches.
Major Cities in Region: Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, OH
Snow Accumulation through Friday
Elevated Winds and Seas across the Gulf of Mexico through Friday Morning
An area of low pressure is expected to develop in the southern Gulf of Mexico and move northward or northeastward over the region. This will allow for strong winds and elevated seas. Winds will be east-southeasterly at 20-25 knots with gusts in excess of 30 knots. Seas will range 7-12 feet.
Wind and Wave Heights 6pm CST Thursday
A Look Ahead
Snow is expected across the Northern Plains Sunday into Monday as an area of low pressure moves across the region. During the day on Monday, snow will move into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. On Tuesday, freezing rain and sleet may develop across portions of the Midwest. This activity could move into the Great Lakes on Wednesday.