National Weather Outlook
National Weather Discussion
- Major winter storm beginning to abate and heavy precipitation returns to the Northwest
The winter storm that has hammered much of the north-central U.S. over the
past couple of days is now beginning to wind down across the Great Lakes
region, and a second surface low has developed off the New England coast.
One more day of rain, snow, and some ice is expected across the Northeast
as the coastal low slowly tracks northward across the region. The
heaviest snow is expected for northern Maine where 6 to 12 inches of
accumulation is likely. Lake enhanced snow is forecast, mainly from Lake
Erie and Lake Ontario, as cold northwesterly flow around the departing low
blows across the warmer lake waters.
For the Pacific Northwest, a pair of cold fronts will make their way
inland with a surge of moisture off the Pacific. The result will be heavy
rain for coastal areas of Washington and Oregon, and heavy snow for the
Olympics and Cascades. The central and northern Rockies will also be
affected by these storm systems with at least a foot of snow possible for
the higher elevations of northern Idaho and western Montana through
Elsewhere across the continental U.S., showers and thunderstorms are
forecast to develop across the western Gulf Coast region on Wednesday in
association with a warm front lifting northward from the Gulf of Mexico.
Mainly dry conditions are expected from western Texas to the Midwest, and
also from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic. Much of the nation should begin
the new year with temperatures near to above normal.
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