National Weather Forecast
Two major systems will be impacting the United States as we head through Thursday. The center of Nicole will be moving across the Florida Peninsula, bringing strong winds, heavy rain, and a continued coastal flooding/storm surge threat. An area of low pressure in the upper Midwest will bring areas from the Dakotas and northern Minnesota the first major winter storm and blizzard for the season (including snow and ice) and on the warm side the potential of severe weather.
3-7” of rain is expected to fall across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states through Friday in association with Nicole. Meanwhile, a foot or more of snow could fall across portions of North Dakota into northwestern Minnesota.
Here’s a closer look at potential snow and ice totals expected across the Upper Midwest. Again, over a foot of snow could fall in areas like Bismarck. Meanwhile, some of the heavier ice potential will be in the Pierre and Aberdeen areas, where icing up to half an inch is possible.
Meanwhile, Nicole was still a tropical storm moving through the northwestern Bahamas Wednesday afternoon and is expected to make landfall along the eastern Florida coast Wednesday night as either a strong tropical storm or a category 1 hurricane. The system will continue to impact the Southeast through the end of the week with heavy rain and strong/gusty winds, and along the coast we will watch the potential of storm surge and coastal flooding.
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