Another week, another blizzard for the Northeast. Boston will pick up 8-12″ of snow today as winds gust as high as 60 mph. Visibility will be extremely low and driving is likely to be treacherous across New England through tonight.
Heavy Snow in the Ohio Valley
A low pressure system in the south-central Plains will intensify today and begin to draw moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, wintry precipitation is expected from parts of Kansas and Oklahoma all the way to the Carolinas.
Southeast Icing Concerns
Icing will become a concern from the northern portions of the Gulf States up towards the Mid Atlantic as the system continues to track to the north and east. Huntsville, AL could pick up 1-2 inches of sleet on top of a tenth of an inch of ice tomorrow. A glaze of ice will create slippery spots on most roadways and sidewalks.
Beautiful Weather Continues in the West
The Western U.S. continues to stay quiet and mild as a ridge of high pressure dominates the area. Today, Phoenix is expecting temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s with partly cloudy skies.
President’s Day Forecast in a Nutshell
President’s Day will be active across the Southeast and the Ohio Valley. Impressive snowfall totals are likely in Kentucky and portions of Tennessee while accumulating ice is possible in the northern tier of the Gulf States. Rain showers will push into northern Florida, but the southern half of the Sunshine state will stay dry. Flurries will linger across the Upper Midwest and snow will wrap up in New England. The Pacific Northwest and the Southwest remain quiet.
Another Round of Cold Air
Bitterly cold air will invade the Northern Plains once again on Tuesday. Wind chill values on Wednesday morning could drop near 40 below zero in North Dakota. The Arctic air will continue to march south and east through the middle of this week, resulting in a cold and unsettled pattern for the eastern two-thirds of the country.
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– Meteorologist Ashley O’Connor
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