Yesterday’s storm was a dud for DC as temps refused to get cold enough for all the slushy snow to accumulate to much. Although 2,200 flights canceled tell a different tale and another pretty ugly day is shaping up for travel again.
The biggest problem may not necessarily be the snow (although 1 to 3 inches of slushy stuff could fall in NYC and Boston) but the gusty winds and the potential for coastal flooding and beach erosion. The winds alone could gust over 40 mph in the aforementioned cities.
It's an annual event in Mason County, Washington. Salmon get thrown off course when floodwaters push the Skokomish River over its banks. Soon 'Chum Salmon" are swimming over streets and into farmland. Giving locals and at least one happy dog a chance to fish without poles.
A weather pattern shift is finally going to take place today for the MW and NE. That stubborn, slow-moving storm that has dumped heavy rain for days on the region will get the bum’s rush out the door to the East by a sharp cold front dropping down from Canada.
Check out the map. The brown solid lines are isobars (lines of equal surface air pressure), the green lines are forecasted rainy spots, and you can see the blue cold fronts and red warm fronts. That cold front over WI to KS is the one that will boot the Low (Red L) from it’s perch over Ontario!
What a morning with something for everybody weather wise. Tornado warnings have been posted for VA and NC this morning with a watch down to SC until 2 pm. I’ll have the warning areas. This stuff is all from the remnants of tropical storm Lee as it gets pulled northward along a cold front. The huge amounts of rain we saw fall on LA and MS is now edging through the Appalachian Mountains to the NE with flood watches and warnings all around. I’m thinking around 5-6” or rain in the mountains. I’ll have those for you too.
That cold front is actually a blessing for the NE, since it will effectively shunt hurricane Katia away from the US/Canadian coast and into the northern Atlantic over the next 5 days. Rip currents and rough surf is the only noticeable product of the storm we’ll see.
*Bonnie Schneider is filling in for Morning Express meteorologist Bob Van Dillen today.
Tropical Depression Lee is a moving – little by little. Unfortunately, small movement of a tropical system means BIG rains for the areas it impacts. Lee has been drenching southern portions of Gulf States all weekend. Record rainfall was recorded in parts of Louisiana Sunday. All of that heavy rain is causing floods to break out all along the Gulf Coast. As Lee moves inland, the flood threat begins for other southern states, including Tennessee and Georgia.
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