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January 15, 2014

Big Story Weather – January 15, 2014

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly

Weather Forecast for January 15, 2014

11AM: Low pressure pushing through the Eastern Great Lakes will bring a few lake-enhanced snow showers across the Eastern Lakes. A few snow showers will extend southward with the chance of seeing a rain/snow mix over the Southern Appalachians extending into Northern Georgia. Showers will be widespread during the afternoon over Southern Florida. High pressure over Texas will bring some cold air southward to the Southern Plains and the Gulf Coast with freezes likely again. Snow showers will extend over the Western Lakes into Missouri. This is all ahead of the 2nd storm system that will be entering the Northern Plains with more light snow, however the winds will be the big concern as blizzard conditions are likely in this region. High pressure will keep the West dry. There is also a threat for air quality over portions of the Northwest US.

11PM: Low pressure will move into the Great Lakes setting the stage for another night of snow showers over the region. Look for very strong winds behind the front which will lead to near blizzard conditions over the Plains and Minnesota. High pressure will settle in over Southern Texas and will set the stage for another freeze in the Gulf Coast and Central Florida regions. High pressure over the Western US will bring partly cloudy skies to the region.

Significant Weather Threat for January 15: This morning there will be dense fog along a good portion of the East Coast from South Carolina and into the Northeast. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Southern Appalachians. A winter weather advisory is also in effect over Michigan with snowfall expected later today. A winter weather advisory is in effect for a large portion of the Northern Plains. There is also a blizzard warning in effect for the Eastern Dakotas into portions of Western Minnesota. Expect a combination of wind gusts near 50mph and snowfall. Wind advisories are in effect from the Northern Rockies, Northern Plains and extending into the Southern Plains and Mid-Mississippi River Valley. There is also an air quality alert in effect for portions of the Northwest US through today.

Storm Outlook: Low pressure one is now pushing into the shores of Alaska bringing gusty winds, heavy snowfall and some rain showers to the region. Another low pressure system is moving across the open Pacific slowly to the east and will be more of a marine interest threat today with strong winds and high seas. Storm three is pushing away from Japan and heading into the open Pacific. This will bring high seas and strong winds to the region.

Extended Outlook:

Day 2-6: The period will start with a clipper system moving through the Great Lakes region bringing some light snow and very strong winds. High pressure over the Northern Gulf Coast will bring cold, dry weather to the region. High pressure over the Western US will keep the region dry and mild as well. On day three a clipper system will move through the Northern Plains bringing another round of snowfall to the region. On day four most of the country will be looking at high pressure and tranquil weather from west to east no major storm systems to talk about. The period will finish with a strong high pressure area pushing in over the Plains with another round of very cold weather. A weak pulse will try to develop over the Northern Gulf of Mexico during this time bringing some light rain northward to the Gulf Coast.

Day 7-11: The period will start with a low pressure rapidly pushing up the East Coast. Strong high pressure will build in and cover most of the United States with partly cloudy skies and cool weather for the east, while the west will see mild weather. Day eight will have high pressure over both coast, while a clipper system moves through the Northern Plains bringing another round of snow showers and cold weather to the region. By day nine the clipper system will push into the Northeast and bring light snowfall to the region along with another round of cooler weather. On day ten an area of low pressure will start to take shape in the Southwest US bringing showers to Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. A strong cold high pressure system will push south out of Canada. Ahead of this, a weak disturbance will bring snowfall to the Plains and the Mid-Mississippi River Valley.

Day 12-16: The period will start with a major storm system on our hands with the center of the low over the Southwest Gulf of Mexico. A warm front will extend northward into the Mid-Atlantic. Along this front look for some significant weather to include thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast, heavy rainfall in the Tennessee River Valley and snowfall for the Ohio and Mid-Atlantic regions. A secondary low will be forming over the Rockies and will interact with a strong high pressure dropping over the Plains to set the stage for a second band of heavy snowfall over the Plains along with cold weather. The middle of the period we will see the major winter storm push across the Southeast and the Southern Plains with many places seeing winter weather from Texas to Georgia and into the Carolinas including places along the Gulf Coast.