Sunday, February 26, 2017

Winter Storm Quid Dumps Big Snowfall on California, Nevada; Travel Problems Reported in Reno

Sean Breslin
Published: February 22,2017

Winter Storm Quid dumped inches of snow in the higher elevations of northern California and Nevada Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, where travel was hampered in what will be the first of many regions in the United States impacted by the wintry menace.
Nearly 10 inches of snow fell overnight Wednesday near Reno, according to the National Weather Service, and as the wintry precipitation covered roads, drivers experienced a rough commute in the morning hours, the Associated Press said. In the mountains, where several feet of snow fell in just 24 hours, Interstate 80 was closed over the top of the Sierra because of whiteout conditions Tuesday, the report added.
"The conditions are fierce," CalTrans area superintendent Dave Wood told the AP.
(MORE: Check the Forecast for Winter Storm Quid)
Earlier in the week, the main route between Reno and Lake Tahoe was closed because of an avalanche, and that road remains closed. The slide occurred along the Mt. Rose Highway overnight Monday, covering the road with 20 feet of snow, according to the Summit Daily. No injuries were reported in the avalanche, the report added.
NV Energy reported a few hundred customers without power in northern Nevada Tuesday morning.
Several roads and schools were closed in northern Nevada because of the storm; KTVN.com has a complete list.

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Strong Low-Pressure System Will Bring Threat of Severe Thunderstorms to Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley Late This Week

Linda Lam
Published: February 21,2017

The threat of strong to severe thunderstorms is expected to develop in portions of the Midwest, southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley late this week as a strong low-pressure system pushes a cold front through the Midwest and into the East.
Areas east of the Rockies have been experiencing spring-like temperatures this week, but this late-week system will bring an end to the record warmth.
(MORE: Dozens of Record Highs Will Be Broken as Spring Fever Continues)
On the back side of this low-pressure system, temperatures will return closer to average for most areas. In addition, snow and gusty winds are expected.
For some areas, Friday will feel like spring, but winter will be in the air by Saturday.
(MORE: Snowstorm Will Give Midwest, Plains a Reality Check Late This Week)

Severe Setup

An area of low pressure will move through the Rockies and into the Plains by Thursday. This system will begin to develop and become better organized Thursday and will track toward the Great Lakes through Friday.
Setup for strong to severe thunderstorms late this week.
One of the ingredients necessary for severe thunderstorms is warm, humid air. There will be plenty of warm and moist air ahead of the cold front, which will help thunderstorms form across the Midwest and Ohio Valley.
Dew points in the 50s will reach as far north as the southern Great Lakes, contributing to instability of the atmosphere.
(MAPS: 10-Day Forecast)
Moderate to strong wind shear, or the changing of wind – changing wind speed and/or direction with height – is also expected to be in place.
These ingredients may come together to produce a few strong to severe thunderstorms as the cold front pushes east. The exact track of this system is uncertain, which is important for the forecast details, so be sure to check frequently for updates.

Severe Weather Forecast

Showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage on Thursday as the storm system strengthens.
A few isolated severe thunderstorms may develop late Thursday afternoon in northeastern Kansas, northern and central Missouri and into southeastern Iowa. A few storms could produce large hail and damaging wind gusts.
Thursday Night
  • The chance for strong to severe thunderstorms will spread east Thursday night into Illinois, northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.
  • The primary concerns will be damaging wind gusts and large hail.
  • FORECAST: St. Louis | Springfield, Illinois | South Bend, Indiana

Thursday Night's Forecast
Friday
  • The best chance for severe thunderstorms will be from Illinois into Indiana, southern Michigan, western Ohio, western Kentucky and northern Tennessee.
  • Damaging wind gusts will be the biggest concern, although large hail and an isolated tornado are also possible.
  • FORECAST: Chicago | Indianapolis | Detroit | Louisville, Kentucky

Friday's Thunderstorm Forecast
Saturday
  • The cold front slides into the East to start the weekend, bringing the risk of isolated severe thunderstorms into the mid-Atlantic.
  • The main concern will be damaging wind gusts, but large hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
  • FORECAST: Philadelphia | Washington D.C. | Norfolk, Virginia

Saturday's Forecast
Locally heavy rain is also possible, which could result in localized flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Is This Unusual?

It's important to remember many areas that could see severe thunderstorms late in the week don't regularly experience severe weather during the winter and may not be prepared.
Meteorological spring begins March 1, so it is not rare to see a more spring-like low-pressure system to develop at the end of February.
In the "possible" lighter red are locations that have a 0.10 percent probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a point by late February. The "most likely" darker red shading is for locations that have a 0.20 percent probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a point by late February. Based on 1982-2011 averages.
(NOAA/Storm Prediction Center)
However, as the map above illustrates, tornadoes can form in parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley in February. Even areas not shaded in red can experience severe weather in late winter.
(MORE: Tornadoes in February)
Warm temperatures are usually one of the limiting factors in severe thunderstorms forming farther north in the winter.
It is not uncommon to experience above-average temperatures in late February, but this current prolonged period of record warmth is noteworthy and will likely help in the development of severe weather this week.
MORE: Tornadoes in San Antonio, Texas

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Two Storm Systems Will Impact California, West This Weekend

Linda Lam
Published: February 23,2017

The exceptionally wet pattern that has brought devastating floods to parts of California will bring more rain and snow to the region this weekend and early next week.
(MORE: Late-February Storms Brought Flooding, Landslides to California)
A cold, upper-level area of low pressure is expected to slide southward from the Gulf of Alaska Friday into Saturday as another low-pressure system approaches from the west. This first system will spread light to moderate rain and snow along the West Coast.

Current Satellite and Moisture
Then, a second similar system will dive southward along the West Coast Sunday into Monday.
The good news is that both systems won't be as strong or have as much moisture as some recent storms. It will also be colder, which will allow snow instead of rain to fall in some lower elevations that picked up rain recently.
(MORE: Northern California Communities Brace for More Flooding)

Forecast Details

Most of California will enjoy dry conditions through early Saturday. However, cloud cover will increase, and a few rain and snow showers are possible in northern California Friday night into Saturday.
Saturday Night
  • Showers are expected to develop across much of coastal California and in the higher elevations.
  • Snow will fall in the Sierra Nevada mountains, generally above 6,000 feet.
  • FORECAST: San Francisco | Fresno | Seattle

Saturday Night's Forecast
Sunday
  • Rainfall will become more widespread over northern California to western Washington as the second system moves in.
  • Some showers may linger in Southern California from the first system.
  • Snow is expected in the Sierra and Cascades above 5,000 feet. Snow may accumulate as low as 1,000 feet in Washington and Oregon, with some snowflakes in the valleys as well.
  • FORECAST: Los Angeles | Sacramento | Portland

Sunday's Forecast
Monday
  • Some showers may linger in Southern California and the Desert Southwest.
  • The Sierra will continue to receive snow above 4,000 feet.
  • Strong and gusty winds are likely from Southern California into the Southwest and Great Basin.
  • FORECAST: San Diego | South Lake Tahoe | San Jose

Monday's Forecast
Current expectations are for most areas to receive less than 1 inch of rainfall through Monday. The Sierra, Siskyous and Cascades will likely pick up another foot of snow.
Snow will likely fall above 5,000 feet, which could minimize flood risks. Given the saturated soil and swollen creeks and rivers, however, flooding and mudslides will remain a big concern.
(MAPS: Weekly Planner)

Rain and Snow Forecast
The upper-level trough, or southward dip in the jet stream, will move eastward early next week, allowing an upper-level ridge of high pressure to slowly build into the West coast midweek. This will bring a much-needed return for dry weather.
MORE: Storms Hit California

When Spring's Last Snow Typically Happens (INTERACTIVE)

Jon Erdman
Published: February 26,2017


Click on each star to reveal average and record latest spring (or summer) snow dates for each location. Colors of each star icon correspond to the month of the season's last snow (Green = March; Blue = April; Purple = May; Red = June or July) Data courtesy NWS-NOWDATA.By spring, the sight of a blanket of snow may cause more aggravation among the snow-fatigued, instead of the excitement it generated in October or November.
(MORE: Where March and April are the Snowiest Months)
We scoured National Weather Service records to compile both the average date of the final measurable (at least 0.1 inch) snow of the spring, and also the date of the latest spring accumulating snow on record. In some locations, that record latest date was in the summer.
(MORE: Extreme Winter Storms That Struck in Spring | Record Late-Season Snowfalls)
Click on the interactive map above to find out when you can usually put away the shovel or snowthrower for the season.
Footnotes:
  • We only plotted cities and locations whose average last measurable snow of the season occurs in March or later. As a result, among cities not plotted was our nation's capital (average date of last snow of the season is Feb. 24).
     
  • Since accumulating graupel or hail is also officially classified as snow in daily and monthly climate reports, we made every effort to quality check each "latest snow" record, removing those dates when temperatures were clearly too warm for snow, on which hail likely fell instead.
Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at weather.com and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7.

March 2017 Temperature Outlook: Widespread Warmth Expected

Linda Lam
Published: February 26,2017

The trend of warmer-than-average temperatures in the South and colder temperatures in the Pacific Northwest that we have seen over the last few months is expected to persist through March, according to the most recent outlook by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.
(MORE: East of the Rockies, Signs of Spring Already Popping Up)
A large swath of the U.S., stretching from Arizona into the Great Lakes and most of New England will likely experience above-average temperatures in March. Areas from Texas into South Carolina and as far north as southern Missouri and western Kentucky will likely see temperatures well-above average.
The outlook highlights only a small area of far northwestern Washington where cooler-than-average temperatures are anticipated.
(MAPS: 10-Day Forecast)
Otherwise, most of the West into northern Minnesota, as well as much of Maine, may see temperatures near average.
March 2017 temperature outlook. Areas not shaded have an equal chance of above- or below-average temperatures.
(The Weather Company, an IBM Business)
This pattern of colder-than-average temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and increasingly warm conditions farther East as the winter progresses is characteristic of La Niña. Even though La Niña has ended, the atmospheric response to it has not yet faded away and will likely influence temperatures in the U.S. through March.
There are signs that colder conditions may evolve in early March, but warmer temperatures will take hold once again later in the month.
(MORE: When Spring's Last Snow Typically Happens (INTERACTIVE)
"The pattern that has been prevalent the last couple of moths will likely continue into March, with some cooler risks early in the month followed by strong Pacific flow undercutting North Pacific ridging and resulting in a very warm last half of the month," said Dr. Todd Crawford, senior meteorologist with The Weather Company.
Once again the Alaskan upper-level ridge of high pressure is predicted to move into northeastern Asia in mid-March. This will likely result in mild air surging back into the U.S. for the later half of the month. This is a very similar pattern to what occurred in late February, resulting in record-breaking spring like temperatures across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S.
(MAPS: Average High and Low Temperatures)

Average March Highs
Considering what average high temperatures are in March, a period of warmer-than-average temperatures could result in some very warm conditions, especially during late March when temperatures really begin to warm up.
(MORE: As Spring Approaches, Here's When Temperatures Typically Warm Up)
This generally mild pattern will likely persist through spring, especially in the southern Plains into the Deep South, with the best chance for cooler-than-average conditions remaining in the Pacific Northwest.
MORE: Winter Storm Quid, February 2017 (PHOTOS)

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More Record Warmth Ahead From Midwest to East Tuesday, Wednesday

Brian Donegan
Published: February 26,2017

Just days after last week's warmth shattered thousands of daily records and over two hundred monthly records, another warm up is expected to challenge record highs from the Midwest to the East Tuesday and Wednesday.
A southward dip in the jet stream over the West will result in the jet stream surging northward into Canada over the eastern U.S. In addition, southerly winds ahead of a cold front will allow warm air to engulf much of the Midwest and East.
(MORE: East of the Rockies, Signs of Spring Already Beginning to Pop Up)
Below, we'll break down how much temperatures will warm up and where record highs may be in jeopardy.

Tuesday

Highs are expected to be 15 to 30 degrees above average from the Midwest to the East.
Highs in the 60s are possible as far north as Chicago, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with 70s as far north as the mid-Mississippi Valley, including Kansas City and St. Louis. Widespread 80s are expected across the South.

Forecast Highs Compared to Average Tuesday
Numerous record highs will be challenged Tuesday. This includes (current record in parenthesis): Chicago (61 degrees), Fort Wayne, Indiana (59 degrees), Paducah, Kentucky (73 degrees), Grand Rapids, Michigan (54 degrees), Binghamton, New York (54 degrees), Memphis, Tennessee (78 degrees), and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (54 degrees).
(MORE: 10-Day Forecast Highs/Low)

Wednesday

The Midwest will cool down behind a cold front, but temperatures remain generally 5 to 10 degrees above average. The core of the warmth will set up over the East, with temperatures over 30 degrees above average in parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Highs in the 60s will surge northward into upstate New York and southern New England. New York City could approach 70 degrees, while Philadelphia and Washington D.C. easily soar into the 70s. Much of the Southeast will be dominated by temperatures in the 80s, and Jacksonville could be close to 90 degrees.

Forecast Highs Compared to Average Wednesday
Over three dozen record highs could be broken Wednesday. This includes (current record in parenthesis): Washington D.C. (77 degrees), Richmond, Virginia (79 degrees), Baltimore (76 degrees), Philadelphia (69 degrees), New York City (69 degrees), Albany, New York (54 degrees), Jacksonville, Florida (84 degrees), Charlotte, North Carolina (76 degrees), and Atlanta (77 degrees).
(MORE: 6 Unusual Things the February Pattern Has Brought)
By late week, temperatures will return to near or just slightly-above average.

How Warm Has This February Been?

The eastern half of the United States has endured one of the warmest streaks of February weather on record. The warmer-than-average temperatures have already broken thousands of records, including over a hundred all-time February record highs.
(MORE: As Spring Approaches, Here's When Temperatures Typically Warm Up)
Many locations are currently on track to recording their warmest February on record, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center. This includes Dallas, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Memphis.
Several all-time record-high temperatures for February were set Feb. 11 in Texas, including, Midland, Lubbock and Wichita Falls, where highs soared into the 90s. Denver also set a new record-earliest 80-degree day on Feb. 10, breaking the previous record by more than a full month.
(MORE: All-Time February Heat in the Southern Plains)
More recently, from Feb. 17-24, roughly 2,900 daily warm records (record highs and record-warm lows) were set across the U.S. Over 250 all-time February warm records (record highs and record-warm lows) were also set, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information.
Number of warm and cold records set from Feb. 17-24, 2017.
(Data: NOAA/NCEI)
For some cities, February 2017 will end up warmer than an average March, including Buffalo and Rochester, New York.
(MORE: March 2017 Temperature Outlook: Widespread Warmth Expected)
MORE: Winter Storm Quid, February 2017

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5 Things To Watch In Next Week's Weather

Linda Lam
Published: February 25,2017

An active week in weather is ahead for much of the East as February end and March begins. Multiple rounds of thunderstorms are expected across the South, and parts of the northern tier may see wintry conditions at times.
Meanwhile, most of the West will see a pattern change, which is expected to bring a welcome dry stretch.
(MORE: 6 Unusual Things the February Pattern Has Brought)

1. Storms Will Rumble Across the South

Early next week, multiple upper-level disturbances, along with an increase in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, will spread rain and thunderstorms from eastern Texas into the Southeast.

Early Week Forecast
Showers will begin to develop in Texas on Sunday and will stretch into the lower Mississippi Valley Sunday night. A few thunderstorms will also likely form by Sunday night.
Rain and thunderstorms will become more widespread on Monday with the best chance for thunderstorms from eastern Texas into southern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.
(MORE: Tornado Central)
Much of the South will see the risk of thunderstorms Tuesday, with a few strong to severe storms possible.
Light to moderate rainfall is anticipated, with many areas from southern Arkansas into northern Georgia and Tennessee expected to receive 1 to 3 inches of rainfall through Tuesday night. Locally heavy rainfall may accompany some thunderstorms, which will create hazardous driving conditions.

2. Drier Weather Is Ahead for California

Two low-pressure systems may bring a chance of rain and snow this weekend and Monday in parts of the West, but the good news is that neither system will have as much moisture as recent storms.
These two systems will also be colder, which will allow snow to fall at lower elevations. This will also help to alleviate flood concerns.

Wednesday's Forecast
On Sunday, rain and snow could be seen from northern California into the Pacific Northwest. A few rain and snow showers may develop in central and southern California on Monday, but impacts will be limited.
(MORE: As Southern California Drought Improves, Record Pace Persists for Sierra Nevada Precipitation)
The good news is that by mid-week, an upper-level ridge of high pressure is expected to build into the West, bringing a stretch of dry conditions to most of the region, including California. Any rain and snow showers will likely be confined to western Washington, northwestern Oregon and toward the Canadian border.
Slightly warmer temperatures are also expected across the West late in the week.

3. Above-Average Temperatures Are Expected Early in the Week

After a brief period of cooler temperatures this weekend, the above-average warmth will return. High temperatures are expected to be closer to average behind Winter Storm Quid through Sunday.

Forecast Highs
However, that return to average will not last long, as temperatures will rebound early next week.
Highs will once again be 15 to 30 degrees warmer than average from the Plains to the East Coast Monday through Wednesday.
(MORE: 10-Day Forecast)
Widespread record highs are not expected in the week ahead, but a few records will likely be set, especially in the Southeast on Wednesday. This warmth will be short-lived, as a cold front will move through in the middle and end of the week.

4. A Mid- to Late-Week Cold Front Will Bring Changes to the East

The cold front mentioned above will move through the Plains and Midwest by Wednesday and push off the East Coast on Thursday.

Late Week Forecast
This cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic into the South Wednesday and Thursday. A few strong to severe thunderstorms are also possible with this low-pressure system.
The northern fringe of this system will also see some snow, sleet and freezing rain. See below for more details on the wintry precipitation.
(MORE: Weekly Planner)
Temperatures will once again be knocked down a few degrees, returning to levels closer to average for early March.

5. Wintry Conditions Return to Parts of the Northern Tier

An active weather pattern will bring some wintry precipitation to portions of the northern tier in the week ahead.
A separate disturbance Monday night into Tuesday may also bring a mix of rain, snow and sleet to areas of the central and northern Plains into the upper Mississippi Valley.

Tuesday's Forecast
Tuesday into Wednesday, an area of low pressure may bring a swath of snow, sleet and ice to parts of the upper Midwest. The best chance for snow will be in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota.
(MORE: Winter Storm Central)
A few snow showers are also possible in northern New England and portions of upstate New York Tuesday through Thursday, as this low-pressure system moves into southeastern Canada.
A fast-moving cold front, or clipper system, may also bring light snow to parts of the Midwest and Northeast late in the week.
MORE: Winter Storm Quid

Expansive Severe Weather Threat Tuesday and Wednesday in the South, Midwest, East

Jonathan Belles
Published: February 26,2017

Another round of severe thunderstorms will wrap up the month of February and kickoff March beginning in the South and Ohio Valley Tuesday, and tracking to the East Coast Wednesday. This follows on the heels of a two-day episode of severe weather this past Friday and Saturday in the Midwest and East.
(MORE: Tornado Central)
A strong jet stream will pivot into the eastern half of the country, blasting atop a warm and increasingly humid air mass. A sharpening cold front will eventually sweep to the East Coast, as well.
(MORE: Signs of Spring Are Already Popping Up)
Moderate to strong wind shear, the change of wind speed and direction with height, will allow storms to grow and persist.
Dew points, a measure of moisture, in the low to mid-60s as far north as southern Indiana and Illinois will contribute fuel and instability for thunderstorms.

Forecast Timing

Here is a general outline of where and when we expect storms this week. Check back frequently for further details on weather.com.

Tuesday

  • An expansive area of severe thunderstorms is possible both Tuesday and Tuesday night from the Ark-La-Tex region northeast into the Ohio Valley, perhaps as far north as the southern Great Lakes.
  • Damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes are possible.
  • Cities: Little Rock |  Memphis | St. Louis | Louisville | Cincinnati

Tuesday's Forecast

Wednesday

  • A moderate to strong cold front will sweep across the South, then head toward the East Wednesday and Wednesday night.
  • One or more squall lines of severe thunderstorms are possible near and ahead of the cold front.
  • Damaging winds will be the primary threat, though a few tornadoes can't be ruled out.
  • Cities: Jackson, Mississippi | Birmingham | Nashville | Atlanta | Washington D.C.


Wednesday's Forecast

Very Welcome Rainfall

Along with the storms, locally rainfall amounts will be seen across parts of the South and Ohio Valley.
A swath from northern Louisiana to Ohio and West Virginia is expected to pick up 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. Localized amounts up to 3 inches are possible.

Forecast Rainfall
Much of the South remains in a severe drought that dates back to summer.
With just a few exceptions, the Southeast has seen below average rainfall since the beginning of February. Parts of Mississippi have seen less than 25 percent of their average February rainfall.
(MORE: 6 Unusual Things February Brought)
In fact, as of February 24, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Cedartown, Georgia, and a few other stations in the Southern Appalachians are having their driest February on record. Numerous sites across the Southeast are experiencing one of their top 10 driest Februarys.

Current Drought Monitor

How Much Severe Weather Does March Typically Bring?

As meteorological spring begins, on March 1, temperatures begin to increase and moisture makes more advancements from the Gulf of Mexico toward the north.
The contrast of late winter cold air from the northern tier of states and increasing heat and humidity from the Gulf of Mexico increases the frequency of severe weather events and reports by late March.
In the "possible" lighter red are locations that have a 0.10 percent probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a point by late March. The "most likely" pink shading is for locations that have a 0.60 percent probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a point by late March. Based on 1982-2011 averages.
(NOAA/Storm Prediction Center)

MORE: Severe Storms -- January 2017

This Date in Weather History for February 26,2017 from weatherforyou.com

Weather History
For Sunday,February 26,2017
 
 
 
 
1910 - Parts of Washington State were in the midst of a storm which produced 129 inches of snow at Laconia between the 24th and the 26th, a single storm record for the state. A series of storms, which began on the 23rd, led to a deadly avalanche on the first of March. By late on the 28th, the snow had changed to rain, setting the stage for disaster. (The Weather Channel)
1972 - The Buffalo Creek disaster occurred in the Buffalo Creek Hollow of Logan County in West Virginia. A coal slag dam on the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek burst sending a fifty foot wall of water down a narrow valley killing 125 persons and causing 51 million dollars damage. Three days of rain atop a six inches snow cover prompted the dam break. (David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)
1987 - A slow moving storm in the southwestern U.S. spread heavy snow from the southern and central Rockies into the Central High Plains Region. Totals in Colorado ranged up to 62 inches at Purgatory. Colorado Springs CO reported a February record of 14.8 inches of snow in 24 hours. Lander WY received four inches in one hour, 13 inches in seven hours, and a record storm total of 26 inches. High winds created near blizzard conditions at Colorado Springs. Fairplay CO reported 43 inches of snow, with drifts ten feet high. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1988 - Eight cities in the central and western U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni IA with a reading of 67 degrees. Temperatures in North Dakota were as warm as those in Florida. (The National Weather Summary)
1989 - An upper level weather disturbance brought snow to parts of the central U.S. which just one day earlier were enjoying temperatures in the 60s. Snowfall totals in Missouri ranged up to nine inches at Rolla. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1990 - Unseasonably cold weather followed in the wake of the winter storm in the northeastern U.S. Ten cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Syracuse NY with a reading of 10 degrees below zero. Freezing temperatures in southeastern Virginia caused considerable damage to plants and fruit trees. The barometric pressure reading of 30.88 inches at Wilmington NC was February record for that location. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
2004 - A major snowstorm dumps up to 20 inches of snow in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Charlotte's third largest snowstorm on record accumulates 11.6 inches at the airport.

New York City metro-area forecast for February 26-May 6,2017 from accuweather.com

Here's the 70-day/10-week weather forecast for the New York City metro-area for the last few days of February,all of March,all of April,and the first half-dozen days of May (February 26-May 6),2017 from accuweather.com:











Tonight,February 26-27: Becoming mainly clear and markedly colder than recent nights,as it turns seasonably cold for the end of February,with a low temperature dropping to the upper 20's to lower 30's,overnight.As of 1:30AM,EST,February 27,it's 32 degrees and clear,with 50% humidity in White Plains,NY,and it's clear and in the middle 30's,with 45% humidity,in New York City.

Tomorrow,February 27: Becoming sunny to partly cloudy and much warmer,as it turns unseasonably mild,once again,with a high temperature in the lower and middle 50's.

Tomorrow night,February 27-28: Not as cold as recent nights with increasing cloudiness and a low temperature dropping to the upper 30's to lower 40's,overnight.

Tuesday,February 28: February of 2017 ends turning mostly cloudy,rainy,and unseasonably mild to warm for very late winter,with a brief morning shower or two followed by a little afternoon rain possible and a high temperature of 55-60 degrees.Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning much warmer than recent nights,with a chance for a rain shower and a low temperature dropping to 50-55 degrees,overnight.

Wednesday,March 1: March of 2017 begins remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning unseasonably warm and muggy for the end of winter,with thick cloud cover and a chance for a couple of rain showers and a record shattering high temperature in the upper 60's to lower 70's.Remaining cloudy, rainy,and unseasonably mild for the beginning of March,with considerable cloudiness and a chance for a passing rain shower and a low temperature dropping to the middle and upper 40's,overnight.

Thursday,March 2: Turning mostly sunny,breezy,and markedly colder than recent days and yet it'll still be rather mild for the beginning of March,with a high temperature in the upper 40's to lower 50's.Becoming clear to partly cloudy and markedly colder than recent nights,as it turns seasonably cold for the beginning of March,with  low temperature dropping to the upper 20's to lower 30's, overnight.

Friday,March 3: Turning mostly cloudy,even colder still,and even wintry,with a chance for a snow shower and a high temperature of just 40-45 degrees.Becoming clear and quite cold,markedly, drastically colder than recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to the lower and middle 20's,the blustery,biting,northwesterly winds,which could gust past 20-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,making it feel downright frigid for the beginning of March and the end of winter,like it's only 10-15 degrees above zero,at times,overnight.

Saturday,March 4: Turning mostly sunny,but remaining seasonably chilly for the end of winter,with a high temperature of 40-45 degrees,once again.Turning partly cloudy and not as cold,with a low temperature dropping to 30-35 degrees,the blustery,biting,southwesterly winds,which could gust up to 20-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only in the lower and middle 20's,at times,overnight.

Sunday,March 5: Turning much milder/warmer than recent days,with periods of clouds and sun and a high temperature of 50-55 degrees.Becoming mainly clear,but remaining seasonably cold for the end of winter and very early March,with a low temperature dropping to 30-35 degrees,once again,the blustery,biting,southwesterly winds,which could gust past 30-mph,at times,,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the upper teens to lower 20's above zero,at times,overnight.

Monday,March 6: Becoming partly sunny and very windy,but remaining unseasonably mild for early March and the end of winter,with a high temperature in the lower and middle 50's;the blustery, westerly winds could gust up to 60-mph,at times.Becoming mainly clear and milder than recent nights,but remaining very windy,with a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,the blustery, biting,northwesterly winds,which could still gust past 45-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the middle 20's,at times,overnight.

Tuesday,March 7: Becoming mostly cloudy,but remaining unseasonably mild for early March and the end of winter,with a high temperature of 50-55 degrees.Becoming mainly clear and colder than recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to the upper 20's to lower 30's,the blustery,biting, northwesterly winds,which could gust up to 30-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only in the upper teens to lower 20's,at times,overnight.

Wednesday,March 8: Turning much colder than recent days,as it turns unseasonably chilly to cold for early March and the end of winter,with partial sunshine and a high temperature of just 40-45 degrees.Becoming clear and much colder than recent nights,as it turns unseasonably quite cold for the end of winter,with a low temperature dropping to 20-25 degrees,the blustery,biting,northwesterly winds,which could gust past 30-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the upper single digits to lower teens above zero,at times,overnight.

Thursday,March 9: Not as cold,with partial sunshine and a high temperature in the middle 40's.Becoming partly cloudy and not as cold with a low temperature dropping to 25-30 degrees,the blustery,biting,northwesterly winds,which could gust past 20-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only in the upper teens to lower 20's,at times,overnight.

Friday,March 10: Remaining chilly to cold with partial sunshine and a high temperature of just 40-45 degrees,the blustery,biting,northwesterly winds,which could gust past 35-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only in the lower and middle 30's,at times.Becoming clear and quite cold for the end of winter,with a low temperature dropping to the lower and middle 20's,the blustery,biting, northwesterly winds,which could gust up to 30-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only 10-15 degrees above zero,at times,overnight.

Saturday,March 11: Turning milder than recent days,with mainly cloudy skies and a chance for morning freezing rain followed by some afternoon rain and a high temperature in the upper 40's to lower 50's.Becoming clear and warmer than recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to the lower and middle 30's,overnight.

Sunday,March 12: Remaining rainy and mild with a chance for a bit of morning rain and drizzle followed by morning clouds giving way to afternoon sun and a high temperature of 50-55 degrees.Becoming clear,but remaining seasonably cold for early-to-mid March and the end of winter,with a low temperature dropping to 30-35 degrees,overnight.

Monday,March 13: Not as mild,with mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 45-50 degrees.Remaining mainly clear,but turning colder than recent nights,as it turns very cold for early-to-mid March and the end of winter,with a low temperature dropping to the middle and upper 20's,overnight.

Tuesday,March 14: Turning cloudy,rainy,raw,dank,dreary and chilly with a spotty morning rain shower followed by a little afternoon rain and a high temperature only in the middle and upper 40's.Remaining cloudy,rainy,raw and turning wintry late with a chance for some rain and freezing rain/ice possible and a low temperature dropping to 25-30 degrees,overnight.

Wednesday,March 15: Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning warmer than recent days,with morning freezing rain and sleet followed by spotty afternoon rain showers and a high temperature in the lower and middle 50's.Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning warmer than recent nights,with periods of rain and a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,the blustery,biting,southwesterly winds,which could gust up to 20-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the middle 20's above zero,at times,overnight.

Thursday,March 16: Becoming partly sunny and mild with a high temperature of 55-60 degrees.Turning mainly clear and much colder,with a low temperature plunging down to 25-30 degrees,overnight.

Friday,March 17: St.Patrick's Day 2017 will be remaining partly sunny,but turning colder than recent days,with a high temperature in the middle and upper 40's.Becoming mainly clear and very cold for mid-March and the last days of winter,with a low temperature dropping to the middle 20's,overnight.

Saturday,March 18: Turning cloudy,rainy and even wintry,early,and much colder than recent days,with morning freezing rain/ice followed by occasional afternoon rain and a high temperature only in the lower and middle 40's,the blustery,biting,southeasterly winds,which could gust up to 30-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only 30-35 degrees,at times.Turning cloudy and wintry with periods of rain followed by late-night periods of snow and a low temperature dropping to around 30 degrees,the blustery,biting,southerly winds,which could gust past 25-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only 5-10 degrees above zero,at times,overnight.

Sunday,March 19: The last (full), day of the 2016-17 winter season,one of the warmest,driest winters on record,will be turning warmer than recent days,with cloudy and sunny spells followed by a chance for some afternoon rain showers and a high temperature in the lower and middle 50's.Becoming clear and not as cold with a low temperature dropping to the lower and middle 30's,overnight.

Monday,March 20: The first day of the 2017 spring season; the 2017 Spring Equinox,will be remaining rather mild for mid-to-late March with ample sunshine and a high temperature in the lower and middle 50's,once again.Remaining mainly clear,but turning colder,with a low temperature dropping to 25-30 degrees,overnight.

Tuesday,March 21: The first FULL day of the 2017 spring season will be turning mainly cloudy and colder than recent days,with a high temperature of 45-50 degrees.Remaining clear to partly cloudy and very cold for late March and the beginning of spring,with a low temperature dropping to 25-30 degrees,once again,overnight.

Wednesday,March 22: Turning mostly sunny,but remaining rather chilly for late March with a high temperature of just 45-50 degrees,once again.Remaining unseasonably very cold for very late March with increasing cloudiness and a low temperature dropping to the middle and upper 20's,overnight.

Thursday,March 23: Remaining rather chilly for very late March despite a mix of clouds and sunshine,with a high temperature only in the middle and upper 40's.Turning cloudy and wintry,with spotty evening rain showers followed by a chance for some late-night freezing rain and sleet possible and a low temperature dropping to 25-30 degrees,overnight.

Friday,March 24: Not as chilly,with a morning rain shower followed by a little afternoon rain and a high temperature in the upper 40's to lower 50's.Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning warmer than recent nights,with periods of rain and a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,overnight.

Saturday,March 25: Remaining cloudy,rainy,and seasonably mild for very late March and the beginning of spring,with more rain possible and a high temperature in the upper 40's to lower 50's,once again.Remaining cloudy and rainy,with a bit of rain and a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,overnight.

Sunday,March 26: Turning warmer than recent days,with morning sun followed by increasing cloudiness and a high temperature of 55-60 degrees.Turning cloudy,rainy,raw,dank and dreary,once again,with periods of rain and a low temperature dropping to the upper 30's to lower 40's,the blustery, biting,southwesterly winds,which could gust up to 40-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only 25-30 degrees,at times,overnight.

Monday,March 27: Becoming mostly cloudy,but remaining mild to warm with a high temperature of around 60 degrees.Remaining mostly cloudy and seasonably cold for the end of March and the beginning of spring,with a low temperature plunging down to 35-40 degrees,the blustery,biting, northeasterly winds,which could gust up to 20-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only around 30 degrees,at times,overnight.

Tuesday,March 28: Remaining seasonably mild for the end of March and the beginning of spring,with low clouds and fog and a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining mostly cloudy,but turning rainy,raw,dank and dreary,with a little bit of rain and a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,overnight.

Wednesday,March 29: Not as mild,with plenty of clouds and a high temperature in the lower and middle 50's.Remaining mostly cloudy,but turning even milder,with a low temperature dropping to 40-45 degrees,overnight.

Thursday,March 30: Not as cool,with considerable cloudiness and a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining mostly cloudy and rainy,with a stray rain shower and a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,the blustery,biting,westerly winds,which could gust up to 35-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only 25-30 degrees,at times,overnight.

Friday,March 31: March of 2017 ends remaining rather mild for very early spring,with a mix of sun and some clouds and a high temperature of 60-65 degrees.Turning cloudy,once again,with considerable cloudiness and a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,once again,overnight.

Saturday,April 1: April Fool's Day 2017 will be remaining cloudy,rainy,and mild with considerable cloudiness and a bit of rain possible and a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining mainly cloudy,rainy,raw,dank,dreary and chilly,with a bit of rain and a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,overnight.

Sunday,April 2: Not as mild with intervals of clouds and sunshine and a high temperature in the middle 50's.Remaining partly cloudy with a chance for a stray rain shower and a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,once again,the blustery,biting,southeasterly winds,which could gust up to 20-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only around 30 degrees,at times,overnight.

Monday,April 3: Turning milder with variable cloudiness and a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining mostly cloudy,raw,dank and dreary,with a low temperature dropping to the upper 30's to lower 40's,overnight.

Tuesday,April 4: Remaining mostly cloudy,rainy,and seasonably mild for very early April and early spring,with a chance for a stray rain shower and a high temperature of 55-60 degrees.Remaining cloudy,rainy,raw,and seasonably chilly for early spring,with a bit of rain and a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,the blustery,biting,southwesterly winds,which could gust up to 35-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the middle 20's,at times,overnight.

Wednesday,April 5: Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning warmer than recent days,with periods of rain and a high temperature of 60-65 degrees.Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning colder than recent nights,as it turns very cold for early April and early spring,with a chance for a stray rain shower and a low temperature plunging down to the lower and middle 30's,the blustery,biting, northwesterly winds,which could gust past 15-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the middle 20's,at times,overnight.

Thursday,April 6: Not as mild,with mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 55-60 degrees.Becoming mainly clear,but remaining unseasonably cold for early April and early spring,with a low temperature dropping to the lower and middle 30's,once again,overnight.

Friday,April 7: Becoming mostly sunny,but remaining seasonably mild for early April and early spring,with a high temperature of 55-60 degrees,once again.Becoming mostly cloudy and rainy,but remaining raw and cold for early April,with a chance for a bit of rain and a low temperature dropping to the middle 30's,overnight.

Saturday,April 8: Remaining seasonably mild for early April and early spring,with partial sunshine and a high temperature,for the third straight day,of 55-60 degrees.Becoming mainly clear and cold,but not as cold as recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,overnight.

Sunday,April 9: Palm Sunday 2017 will be remaining seasonably mild for early April and early spring with a blend of clouds and sun and a chance for a spotty afternoon rain shower and a high temperature in the middle 50's.Remaining partly cloudy and cold with a low temperature dropping to the middle 30's,overnight.

Monday,April 10: Becoming mostly cloudy and rainy,but remaining seasonably mild for early spring with a chance for a couple of rain showers and a high temperature of 55-60 degrees.Remaining cloudy,rainy,raw,dank and dreary,with considerable cloudiness and a bit more rain possible and a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,the blustery,biting,northeasterly winds,which could gust past 20-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,like it's only in the middle 20's,at times,overnight.

Tuesday,April 11: Remaining cloudy,rainy,raw,and seasonably cool to mild for early April and early spring,with considerable cloudiness and a chance for a little rain and a high temperature in the middle 50's.Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning windy,with rain at times and a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,the blustery,biting,and at times gusty,northeasterly winds,which could gust up to 40-mph,at times,making it feel markedly colder,like it's only in the middle teens above zero,at times,overnight.

Wednesday,April 12: Remaining cloudy and rainy,but not as cool as recent days,with considerable cloudiness and a chance for a little rain possible and a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining rather cloudy,rainy,raw,dank and dreary,with a chance for a little more rain and a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,overnight.

Thursday,April 13: Remaining cloudy,rainy,and seasonably mild to warm for early-to-mid April and early spring,with a chance for a rain shower and a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's,once again.Remaining mostly cloudy,rainy,raw,dank and dreary,with a spotty rain shower and a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,the blustery,biting,northwesterly winds,which could gust past 30-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the middle 20's,at times,overnight.

Friday,April 14: Good Friday 2017 will be remaining seasonably mild to warm for mid-April and early spring,with periods of clouds and sun and a high temperature,for the third straight day,in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining partly cloudy and rather cold for mid-April with a low temperature dropping to 35-40 degrees,the blustery,biting,northwesterly winds,which could gust past 30-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the middle 20's,at times,once again,overnight.

Saturday,April 15: Becoming mostly sunny,but remaining seasonably mild for mid-April and early spring,with a high temperature,for the fourth straight day,in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Becoming partly cloudy and not as cold as recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,overnight.

Sunday,April 16: Easter Sunday 2017 will be turning mostly cloudy and rainy,once again,but remaining seasonably mild to warm for mid-April and early spring,with a chance for a little rain and a high temperature,for the fifth straight day,in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning colder than recent nights,as it turns unseasonably cold for mid-April,with periods of rain and a low temperature plunging down to the middle 30's,the blustery,biting,northeasterly winds, which could gust up to 25-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only in the upper teens to lower 20's above zero,at times,overnight.

Monday,April 17: Turning cloudy and rainy,but not as mild,with periods of rain and a high temperature of 55-60 degrees.Remaining unseasonably cold for mid-April and early spring,with clearing and a low temperature dropping to the middle 30's,overnight.

Tuesday,April 18: Turning mostly sunny,but remaining seasonably mild for mid-to-late April and early spring,with a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Becoming mainly clear and warmer than recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to the lower and middle 40's,overnight.

Wednesday,April 19: Turning a bit warmer than recent days,with partial sunshine and a high temperature in the lower and middle 60's.Becoming partly cloudy and not as mild,with a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,the blustery,biting,southerly winds,which could gust up to 30-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only 25-30 degrees,at times,overnight.

Thursday,April 20: Turning rainy,windy,and warm with periods of rain and a high temperature in the middle 60's.Turning cloudy,rainy,raw,dank,dreary,and unseasonably very cold for late April and early-to-mid spring,with considerable cloudiness and a chance for a little cold rain and a near record low temperature plunging down to the middle 30's,the blustery,biting,westerly winds,which could gust past 30-mph,at times,making it feel even colder,making it feel brutally cold to frigid for early-to-mid spring,like it's only in the upper teens to lower 20's above zero,at times,overnight.

Friday,April 21: Turning mostly sunny and cooler than recent days,with a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's.Remaining clear,but not as cold with a low temperature dropping to the upper 30's to lower 40's,overnight.

Saturday,April 22: Remaining seasonably mild to warm for late April with brilliant sunshine and a high temperature in the upper 50's to lower 60's,once again.Turning much warmer than recent nights,with thickening cloudiness and a low temperature dropping to the middle 40's,overnight.

Sunday,April 23: Turning warmer than recent days,with periods of clouds and sunshine and a high temperature in the middle and upper 60's.Remaining mostly cloudy and mild with a low temperature dropping to 45-50 degrees,overnight.

Monday,April 24: Turning cloudy and rainy,but remaining warm,with a chance for a little rain and a high temperature of 65-70 degrees.Remaining cloudy and rainy,but turning windy,with a chance for more rain and a low temperature dropping to 45-50 degrees,once again,the blustery,biting,and at times gusty,southeasterly winds,which could gust up to 40-mph,at times,making it feel much colder, like it's only 30-35 degrees,at times,overnight.

Tuesday,April 25: Remaining cloudy,rainy,and warm with more rain possible and a high temperature of 65-70 degrees,once again.Not as mild as recent nights,but remaining cloudy and rainy with a chance for a rain shower and a low temperature dropping to the lower and middle 40's,overnight.

Wednesday,April 26: Remaining mostly cloudy and warm with a high temperature,for the third straight day,of 65-70 degrees.Becoming partly cloudy and colder than recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,the blustery,biting,northwesterly winds,which could gust up to 30-mph,at times,making it feel much colder,like it's only 25-30 degrees,at times,overnight.

Thursday,April 27: Not as warm,with partly sunny skies and a high temperature in the lower and middle 60's.Remaining partly cloudy and seasonably chilly for the end of April,with a low temperature dropping to 40-45 degrees,overnight.

Friday,April 28: Remaining seasonably mild to warm for mid-spring and the end of April,with periods of clouds and sun and a high temperature of 60-65 degrees.Becoming mostly cloudy,rainy,and colder than recent nights,with a chance for a little rain and a near record low temperature plunging down to 35-40 degrees,overnight.

Saturday,April 29: Remaining seasonably warm for the end of April,with low clouds and fog and a high temperature of 60-65 degrees,once again.Becoming partly cloudy,but remaining rather cold for the end of April,with a low temperature dropping to around 40 degrees,overnight.

Sunday,April 30: April of 2017 ends remaining seasonably warm,but ample sunshine and a high temperature in the lower and middle 60's.Remaining clear and rather cold for mid-spring,with a low temperature dropping to the upper 30's to lower 40's,overnight.

Monday,May 1: May of 2017 begins turning a bit warmer than recent days,with abundant,gorgeous sunshine and a high temperature of 65-70 degrees.Remaining clear to partly cloudy,but turning milder/warmer than recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to the middle and upper 40's,overnight.

Tuesday,May 2: Remaining mostly sunny and gorgeous,with a high temperature of 65-70 degrees,once again.Turning colder,as it turns unseasonably cold for mid-spring,once again,with patchy clouds and a near record low temperature plunging down to the upper 30's to lower 40's, overnight.

Wednesday,May 3: Remaining mostly sunny and pleasantly warm for mid-spring and very early May with a high temperature of around 70 degrees.Remaining clear,but turning warmer than recent nights,with a low temperature dropping to around 50 degrees,overnight.

Thursday,May 4: Remaining sunny and warm with a high temperature of around 70 degrees,once again.Not as mild,as it turns unseasonably cold YET AGAIN,with increasing cloudiness and a near record low temperature plunging down to the upper 30's to lower 40's,overnight.

Friday,May 5: Turning cloudy,rainy,warm and muggy for very early May and mid-spring,with a chance for a little rain and a high temperature of 70-75 degrees.Remaining cloudy,rainy,raw,and unseasonably cold for mid-spring and very early May,with periods of rain and a record,or near record low temperature plunging all the way down to the upper 30's to lower 40's,once again,the blustery, biting,southeasterly winds,which could gust past 20-mph,at times,making it feel brutally cold to frigid for mid-spring and early May,like it's only in the middle 20's above zero,at times,overnight.

Saturday,May 6: Not as warm,but remaining mostly cloudy with a high temperature in the middle and upper 60's.Turning much warmer than recent nights,with partly cloudy skies and a low temperature dropping to the upper 40's to lower 50's,overnight.

Friday, February 24, 2017

South America: Who will be able to view Sunday’s ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse?


By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
February 24,2017, 10:42:06AM,EST
 
 
A large part of South America will be treated to a "ring of fire" solar eclipse on Sunday, but only if the weather cooperates.
The moon will pass directly between the Earth and the sun on Sunday, leading to a spectacular solar eclipse across South America.
The eclipse will commence shortly after 9:10 a.m. CLST/ART along the western coast of South America before spreading eastward. The eclipse in South America will end in northeastern Brazil around 1:30 p.m., while communities in western Africa enjoy the show prior to sunset.
The greatest eclipse will span far southern parts of Chile and Argentina, including the Laguna San Rafael National Park in Chile and the Argentina communities that line the San Jorge Gulf.
Some clouds will stream over the San Jorge Gulf and its coastal communities. Otherwise, mostly clear skies should promote ample viewing of the eclipse.
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However, the moon will not block out the entire sun since this will be an annual or "ring of fire" eclipse.
“The bright ring of sunlight around the moon at the height of the annual solar eclipse is how it earned the nickname the ‘ring of fire’ eclipse,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.
For those who cannot make a trip south, a partial view of the eclipse will be seen northward to Bolivia and Mato Grosso and Tocantins states in Brazil.
Anyone attempting to catch a glimpse of the eclipse is reminded to never look at the sun with a naked eye.
“Viewing the sun directly can be damaging to your eyes and may cause permanent damage,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said. “Even a pair of sunglasses is not enough to block out some of the sun’s harmful rays.”
Lada recommends sky gazers purchase a solar filter or special pair of eclipse glasses.
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Residents in northern Uruguay and Rio Grande do Sul state of Brazil will want these accessories on Sunday as nothing more than a few clouds will promote good viewing conditions.
However, that will not the case for many larger cities in central and eastern South America.
“Some clouds may block full viewing of the eclipse in places like Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said.
More numerous clouds, along with scattered showers and thunderstorms, will hinder many attempts to catch a glimpse of the eclipse south and west of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
“Clouds will likely cause some obstructed views in Santiago, Chile, as well as Asunción, Paraguay,” Miller said.
Episodes of clouds could also occasionally block out the eclipse in Antofagasta, Chile, and La Paz, Bolivia.
Those eager to see the eclipse in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília may want to consider a trip south on Sunday.
Clouds, showers and thunderstorms will cause poor viewing conditions in and around these two cities, Miller said.
Residents in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília could travel to Salvador and Recife in northeastern Brazil, where there is a better chance to see at least a part of the eclipse due to drier weather and occasional sunshine.
However, more of the sun will be covered by the moon the farther south one travels.

Gusty, drenching storms to disrupt Saturday activities in northeastern US

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
February 24,2017, 1:45:04PM,EST
 
 A line of strong thunderstorms will march across the northeastern United States interior on Saturday with the potential for torrential downpours and damaging wind gusts.
The storms will cut short warm weather this weekend.
Winds can be strong enough in some locations to cause minor property damage, knock down weak trees and spark sporadic power outages.
Rain can be heavy enough to quickly inundate poor-drainage areas along streets and highways.
The biggest impact from the storms will be disruptions to travel and outdoor activities. The combination of wind and torrential rain may render umbrellas ineffective.
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As the storms press eastward, motorists can face sudden near-zero visibility and very slick conditions due to the combination of torrential rain and strong wind gusts.
Flight delays are likely as the storms approach and move through airport locations.
"While a thunderstorm is a rare event during February, these storms may bring a fair amount of lightning strikes, in addition to the downpours and gusty winds," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger.
People should keep alert for rapid changing weather conditions and seek shelter indoors when thunder roars.
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The storms will march across West Virginia and western and central parts of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and upstate New York during Saturday morning and early afternoon. The greatest impact will be along the interstate 79, 81 and 99 corridors during this time.
Pittsburgh, Erie and State College, Pennsylvania, as well as Buffalo and Rochester, New York, are among the cities that will be hit during the first part of the day on Saturday.
Late in the afternoon and early evening on Saturday, the storms will impact part of the I-95 corridor from Raleigh, North Carolina; to Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; Newark, New Jersey; and New York City. During this time, the storms will also roll across the Catskills and the Hudson Valley.
The storms will not affect Boston until the middle of the night.
While the storms are likely to lose some intensity Saturday night, there can still be locally heavy rain and gusty winds across New England. When combined with melting snow, the rain can still lead to some incidents of flash flooding.
Much colder but more seasonable temperatures will quickly return in the wake of the storms and will erase temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s F.
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Despite a warm, wet and stormy start to the day in Pittsburgh, temperatures are likely to be near freezing with flurries in time for the NHL Stadium Series game between the Flyers and Penguins at Heinz Field Saturday evening.

2017 UK spring forecast: Winter to linger throughout March as chilly air persists

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather staff writer
February 24,2017, 8:07:13AM,EST
 
 
Polar air will continue to blast the United Kingdom throughout March, making it feel like an extended winter for the British Isles.
Below-normal to near-normal temperatures will dominate as warm pulses are kept at bay across southern Europe.
“I do expect at least one more cold shot from eastern Europe to slide westward into the British Isles, likely at the start of the spring season,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.
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The chilliest locations will be in eastern regions of the U.K., such as Newcastle and Leeds, where temperatures could hover as low as 5 C before the arrival of spring air.
The persistent chill may also allow for wintry showers in the hills of Scotland, England and Wales until April.
"The potential exists for several accumulating snowfalls in Scotland, especially in the higher elevations," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert said.
A transition to springlike warmth will occur in April as storms arrive from the Atlantic Ocean more frequently, delivering bouts of wet weather.
“The milder weather, paired with increasing rainfall, will cause snowmelt and the potential for isolated flooding,” Roys said.
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Stormy periods will also grace Northern Ireland and western Scotland as the storm track flows mainly to the north into Norway.
Meanwhile, cold fronts that move across Wales and England will mainly have showers associated with them.
"This will lead to a spring with some dry periods and some brief showery periods for places like Cardiff, Wales; Bristol, Southampton and Birmingham, England,” Roys said.
Overall, temperatures are predicted to be near to above normal during the late spring across the U.K.

Severe thunderstorms to rip through midwestern US into Friday night

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
February 24,2017, 2:45:04PM,EST
 
 Potent thunderstorms will threaten a portion of the midwestern United States with destructive winds and isolated tornadoes into Friday night.
In some communities, the storms will be strong enough to down trees and power lines and cause power outages. The most intense storms could cause structural damage.
The thunderstorms will ignite along the sharp dividing line between record warmth to the east and cold air plunging southward from the north and west.
“People, including school officials, will need to monitor severe weather bulletins as they are issued especially for activities during the afternoon and evening hours,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
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Residents should keep a wary eye to the sky and seek shelter indoors immediately after the first rumble of thunder or stroke of lightning. A seemingly warm and tranquil afternoon can turn dangerous in a matter of minutes.
The primary threats from the storms will be torrential downpours, damaging winds and hail.
"It is possible that a couple of the strongest storms produce an isolated tornado,” AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Brian Knopick said.
Through Friday evening, areas from Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Louisville, Kentucky, Detroit, Cincinnati and Nashville, Tennessee, will be at risk for gusty and locally severe thunderstorms.
The storms are likely to hit Cleveland; Huntington, West Virginia; and Knoxville, Tennessee, during the middle of the night.
By daybreak Saturday, the storms will be near Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania; and Charleston, West Virginia.
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Loose outdoor items should be secured or brought inside as sudden thunderstorm winds can turn them into dangerous projectiles.
Motorists will face rapidly changing roadway conditions during the afternoon and evening hours. This includes short- and long-term travelers along interstates 40, 64, 65, 70 and 75, to name a few.
The storms can still pack a punch in terms of locally damaging winds and torrential downpours across the mid-Atlantic on Saturday.

Reports: Blizzard snarls travel in central US as thundersnow accompanies heavy accumulations

February 24,2017, 4:46:31PM,EST
 
 As of 2:30 p.m. CST Friday, this reports story will no longer be updated.

A snowstorm with localized blizzard conditions is snarling travel across the central United States on Friday.
Snow will intensify and wind will pick up from eastern Nebraska to Wisconsin throughout the Friday morning commute. Thundersnow has already been reported in parts of the Midwest and there could be more reports throughout Friday morning.
“The highest winds will develop across Iowa, southern Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska, causing extensive blowing and drifting snow,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.

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As of 2 p.m. CST, a band of snow was stretched from eastern Nebraska to northwest Wisconsin with some of the heaviest snow falling around Omaha, Nebraska.
Portions of I-80 have been closed in Nebraska due to a number of accidents, according to Nebraska State Patrol. Motorists in this area should expect delays until the accidents are cleared and road conditions improve.
Over a foot of snow has been measured along a narrow path from southeast Wyoming to western Wisconsin, including 12.5 inches in Rochester, Minnesota; 12 inches in Yankton, South Dakota; 22 inches in Alliance, Nebraska and 23 inches in Torrington, Wyoming.
Travel delays may continue across the region into Friday night, especially in Minnesota and Iowa where strong winds will blow around the fresh snow, limiting visibility and causing poor road conditions.

Road conditions continue to improve in Iowa, but snow is still falling across the state as of 1 p.m. CST.
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Through 11 a.m. CST, there have been more than 287 vehicle crashes in Minnesota that have resulted in 38 injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Additionally, there have been more than 200 vehicle spin outs.

Snow continues to cause dangerous travel across stretches of Iowa roads as of 10 a.m. CST. Low visibility was reported near Garner, Iowa, while a stretch of U.S. Highway 20 was closed between Rockwell City and Fort Dodge due to a semi- trailer.

Traffic is stopped and backed up for a stretch on northbound Interstate 35 near the town of Albert Lea in southern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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(Photo/Minnesota Department of Transportation)

Travel remains tricky across northern Wisconsin as of 7:40 a.m. CST.
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(Photo/Wisconsin Department of Transportation)

The storm has delivered a wide range of snowfall totals across South Dakota this morning, including up to a foot of snow in Yankton.


As of 5:50 a.m. CST, road conditions in parts of northern and northwestern Iowa remain treacherous.

The combination of snow and high winds is leading to whiteout conditions across the Midwest. Even after snow has ended, gusty winds will lead to blowing, drifting snow and limited visibility throughout Friday.

How mich snow does Troop E have? About a fire hydrant's worth. 17" and still falling. Please stay off the roads if at all possible.
Travel not advised on I-35 from Story City to Minnesota border by @iowadot. Plow cam near Mason City shows reduced visibility.

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Blizzard conditions are leading to limited visibility across portions of Iowa early Friday.

As of 1 a.m. CST Friday, roadway conditions in southern Minnesota are rapidly deteriorating due to heavy snow. Travel is not advised for large portions of interstates 35 and 90.
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Heavy snow is causing treacherous roadways across southern Minnesota early Friday morning. (Image/Minnesota DOT)


Along the southern edge of the storm, thunderstorms with hail are being reported across Iowa and Illinois.
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Hail is covering cars and the ground in Ames, Iowa in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 2017. (Twitter/@Fancee_Free)
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A Twitter user in Plainfield, Illinois, placed a dime next to fallen hail to gauge the size. (Twitter/@spdustin)




Snow is piling up across the Midwest. As of 11:30 p.m. CST, 16 inches were reported in Hemingford, Nebraska, 11 inches in Valentine, Nebraska, and 8.2 inches in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
Law enforcement reports 18-inch snow drifts in O’Neill, Nebraska, with visibility less than 100 yards.
Hail has also been reported across much of the region in Nebraska and Iowa. Parts of southern Wisconsin have experienced some thundersleet as well.


Law enforcement in northern Iowa are reporting zero to one-eighth of a mile visibility and snow-covered roads at 10:15 p.m. CST as heavy snow continues to fall across the region.



Thunderstorms are producing three-fourths of an inch of hail around Omaha, Nebraska. Less than 40 miles west in Wahoo, snow is falling.
As colder air dives southward, rain will changeover to all snow in Omaha into Friday morning.

As of 8:30 p.m. CST, thundersnow is being reported from Algona to Mason City in northern Iowa. It's currently raining in the central and southern portions of the state, but a change over to snow will occur Friday morning.

As of 8 p.m. CST, many roads across the northern half of Nebraska were completely covered in snow with heavy snow still falling across the state.
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(Image/Nebraska 511)
Roads were also covered in snow across northern and western Iowa with several reports of thundersnow throughout the evening.
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A plow truck driving down a snow-covered road near Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo/Iowa DOT)
Conditions will continue to deteriorate across northern and western Iowa through Thursday night as blizzard conditions reduce visibility to just a few hundred feet, making travel very difficult.

Heavy snow fell across Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado on Thursday afternoon as the snowstorm emerged from the Rockies and moved into the central United States.
Between one and four inches of snow fell around the Denver area with higher amounts accumulating in the mountains. This led to travel delays ahead of the evening commute, especially along I-70 west of Denver.
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Major backups were experienced on I-70 west of Denver on Thursday afternoon. (Photo/Colorado DOT)
Higher snow amounts were observed across Wyoming with Casper picking up 16 inches of snow.
The heavy snow limited visibility to just a few hundred feet, causing dangerous travel conditions. Many roads were closed across the state with WYDOT advising against unnecessary travel.
Many roads are closed or WYDOT advises No Unnecessary Travel. Stay home and off the roads. 3pm webcam view at Rock Springs shows I-80 empty.