Now the next winter storm is on deck to strike the South and mid-South the hardest.
Places like Dallas and Memphis; I’m looking at you for this one because of the ice impact.
Anyone from the Great Plains to the Great Lakes and even the Northeast will see its effects, but there’s still not enough confidence in the forecast to know what exactly the effects will be.
The storm will start making an impact Tuesday across the northern and central states and will not exit the East Coast until Friday night.
This Arctic air is potent. It’s dropping out of Canada and will bring winter precipitation and freezing temperatures with it.
There are already winter storm watches up for portions of the Central Plains, stretching north into Michigan. More than half a foot of snow could fall across the Plains, with amounts as high as a foot possible for southern Michigan.
In Springfield, Missouri, the potential for freezing rain and sleet could disrupt travel and cause power outages Wednesday into Thursday as the storm sweeps through.
Not another Texas-sized ice storm
As the front travels south, places like Dallas could see ice as well.
“It appears that the highest ice accumulation will occur to the northeast of the Metroplex,” NWS Dallas / Ft Worth said. Ice amounts of about a quarter inch are possible, with additional snow and sleet expected. “Any sleet and snow that falls will accumulate easily as it settles on a layer of ice,” the Dallas / Ft Worth NWS office explained.
Ice will most likely accumulate on power lines and winds will be gusting up to 35 mph. This makes power outages a huge concern.
Temperatures will fall into the teens and single digits Friday and Saturday mornings, with wind chill values below zero.
While this cold snap is not expected to last as long as last year, it will still be a dangerous situation for anyone who loses power. Dallas will rebound to highs back in the 40s by the weekend.
Areas around Paducah, Kentucky could see up to an inch of ice.
Models are even hinting at a shot of ice through portions of the Northeast. It’s still too early to tell what disruptions the Northeast might face, but it’s something to keep on your radar as we get closer to Friday.
Near hurricane-force wind gusts near San Francisco (AGAIN)
Another significant wind event is forecast for the Central Valley and Bay Area this week, and it is one worth watching.
This offshore wind event is expected to develop late on Monday night and is forecast to last through Thursday morning.
“High wind alerts have been issued ahead of this windstorm and include San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento,” said CNN meteorologist Haley Brink. Sustained, northerly winds up to 30 mph is the current forecast with gust up to 45 mph.
The day meteorologists get replaced by a large ground squirrel: Groundhog Day
If I had a quarter for all the times I’ve heard people say “meteorologists are the only profession who can be wrong all the time and still have a job,” well, while I obviously disagree with that statement, the groundhog surely has us beat.
Millions tune in to see what the furry little rodent will do on Wednesday. Will he see his shadow? Will there be six more weeks of winter?
Well, spoiler alert, he sees his shadow the vast majority of the time (104 times vs 20 times of not seeing it). I have to wonder if it’s because of the big TV lights that illuminate the stage he is on, but that’s a whole different story for another day.
The forecast in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Wednesday morning is mostly cloudy with a temperature right around freezing.
So, according to the forecast, Punxsutawney Phil may not be seeing his shadow which would mean an early spring. But we will have to wait to see what the prognosticator says about it.