Travel Alert: Blizzard Conditions, Severe Thunderstorms and High Winds Threaten East this Weekend

Those of you with travel plans this upcoming weekend need to pay close attention to the forecast across the eastern United States. Several disturbances in the jet stream are forecast to merge (phase) together across the Midwest producing a potential blizzard with heavy rain, high winds and even some tornadoes along the eastern side of the storm’s track. Snow could even accumulate across portions of the Mid South and southern Appalachians.

If the current track of this system verifies, the big cities from DC to Boston would receive very heavy rain and high winds. Severe thunderstorms may also pose a threat of tornadoes in some areas (to be determined).

The image below (courtesy Pivotal Weather) shows the latest European Forecast model of how this storm could pan out:

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Arctic Front Will Usher In Coldest Air of Season and Gusty Winds

A strong cold front will cross the Washington Area this evening ushering in the coldest air of the season thus far. Winds may briefly gust between 45 and 55 mph along with heavy downpours and a clap of thunder as the cold front crosses your community.

Behind the front, gusty winds will continue through the midday hours on Monday while accumulating snow falls across the Allegheny Highlands including places like Garret county Maryland. The images below (courtesy WxBell) show the potential snowfall accumulation from the Weather Prediction Center (WPC).

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