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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Squall Line this Evening Ahead of ‘Arctic Blast’

The image above (courtesy Tropical Tidbits) is from the latest North American High-Resolution forecast model. Notice the yellow line of heavy rain moving through the DC Region between 00z (8pm) and 02z (10pm) this evening. This represents the actual cold front which will be accompanied by brief torrential rain and winds gusting in excess of 45 to 50mph.

High temperatures on Saturday will range from the low to middle 40s in our western zones to the upper 40s in downtown Washington… more typical of mid January than early May.

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