National Weather Summary for Wednesday, January 17, 2018
by David Moran, on Jan 17, 2018 10:45:58 AM
Wintry precipitation will continue across the Southeast on Wednesday behind a cold front. In the Northeast, snow will continue as an area of low pressure tracks northeastward. Elevated winds and seas will continue for portions of the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of a cold front.
- Wintry Precipitation Continuing across the Southeast on Wednesday
- Continued Snow Wednesday across the Northeast
- Elevated Winds and Seas for the Gulf of Mexico through Wednesday
Wintry Precipitation Continuing across the Southeast on Wednesday
Snow will continue for portions of the Southeast as an area of low pressure moves out of the region. Across eastern Georgia into western portions of the Carolinas, up to 2 inches of snow with locally higher amounts in excess of 3 inches are expected. Some light freezing rain may develop across portions of central and southern Georgia. From northern portions of South Carolina through south central Virginia, 4-6 inches of snow are forecast. For coastal areas of North Carolina and Virginia, snow accumulations will range 1-2 inches.
Major Cities in Region: Macon, GA, Asheville, NC, Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Richmond, VA, Norfolk, VA
Continued Snow Wednesday across the Northeast
Snow will continue across the Northeast in association with an area of low pressure. From central New York into New Hampshire, snow accumulations of 3-5 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 6 inches are expected. Snow accumulations are forecast to range 4-8 inches with locally higher amounts from Connecticut northward into Maine.
Major Cities in Region: Albany, NY, Boston, MA, Portland, ME, Augusta, ME, Bangor, ME, Caribou, ME
Elevated Winds and Seas for the Gulf of Mexico through Wednesday
Elevated winds and seas will continue for much of the Gulf of Mexico through Wednesday in the wake of a cold front. Winds will range 25-35 knots with gusts in excess of 40 knots. Across western areas, seas of 6-9 feet near the shore and 10-13 feet in the deeper waters are expected. For eastern areas, seas of 5-7 feet are forecast near the shore and 7-10 feet in the deeper waters. Seas in the southernmost portions of the region will range 9-13 feet.
A Look Ahead
A potent upper level disturbance is forecast to move out of the Four Corners region and into the High/Central Plains Saturday into Sunday. This will result in the development of a surface low across the High Plains. Model guidance suggests the potential for enough snow to result in hazardous road conditions Saturday evening. On Sunday, the surface low will track northeastward. As this occurs, ample moisture will be brought northward and with cold air in place, moderate to heavy snowfall will spread into the Central Plains and Upper Midwest. By Monday, heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions will be possible for portions of the Upper Midwest and Northern Great Lakes. Several inches of snow are forecast across these regions.
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