Blizzard or heavy rain?
Tomorrow will feature sunny skies and below average temperatures. Highs will only reach into the upper 20s and low 30s.
Friday afternoon will feature a bit of snow. Accumulations will range from a coating to an inch. Temperatures will be similar to tomorrow.
Expect on again, off again, rain/snow showers over the weekend. On Monday a clipper will pass through. Right now it looks the we will be on the southern side of the storm, so it should be a rain event. However, if the storm were to move south, the coverage area could get a couple inches.
Things get REALLY interesting Tuesday as a low pressure system develops in the south. As the storm picks up moisture, it will grow into something truly massive. The storm will also likely be a slow mover resulting in impacts from Tuesday afternoon, into Wednesday, into Wednesday night and into Thursday!
I see this storm taking one of two tracks.
Scenario 1 starts Tuesday as a low pressure develops in Alabama. By Wednesday morning the storm should be located near Cape Hatteras spreading snow into our area. An organized high pressure system located to the northwest of us, will allow the storm to stay just to our east. As the storm tracks north, snow will pick up in intensity and mix with rain along the coast. Snow won't start to move out until Tuesday morning. If this scenario were to come true, hefty snow accumulations are likely.
Scenario #2 starts the same as scenario #1, with a low pressure developing Tuesday in Alabama. The difference between this scenario and scenario #1 is that the high pressure is less organized with one weak piece to our east, and one weak piece to our west. This would cause the storm to track just east to our coverage area. In this scenario, all of the precipitation would be rain, except for a brief period of snow and ice Tuesday night.
Of course, things will change over the next few days as this storm threat is still a week out.
After the storm, VERY cold temperatures will move in.
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