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WEATHER SERVICE: Nor’easter To Pound North East, Rain To Dampen South Florida

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Weather Is A Mess Nationwide. California Fires. Snow In New England. Rain, Cold Temps In Florida.

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — The rain and cooler temps heading to South Florida are welcome compared to what the National Weather Service is predicting for New England, Texas and California. In South Florida, expect showers and sun on Saturday with a high of 82 with a low Saturday night of 65. On Sunday, a high of 79 will yield to a rainy low Sunday night of 68. On Monday, expect rain and a high of 77 giving way to rain and a low of 51 Monday night. The forecast high Tuesday is just 65 with a low of 47.

Here’s the Saturday morning update from the National Weather Service Prediction Center:

[Official National Weather Service Forecast]: Significant winter storm to strike New England and blanket portions of the region in heavy snow; heavy rain and strong winds to impact the coastal Northeast today…

…Wintry weather in West Texas, an Elevated Risk for fire weather in southern California today; wet conditions in the Pacific Northwest, showers and storms possible in Florida Sunday night…

An intensifying storm system is expected to become a powerful Nor’easter later today that slams New England with heavy snow, rain, and strong winds. After a wet morning along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast where over an inch of rainfall is anticipated, periods of snow will transpire over interior New England and fall heavily at times. The combination of heavy snowfall rates and strengthening winds will lead to treacherous to even impossible travel conditions, whiteout visibilities, and the potential for tree damage and power outages.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued from central Massachusetts to northern Maine where over a foot of snow is expected. Portions of New Hampshire and northern Maine could see totals approach two feet in spots. As the storm reaches the Gulf of Maine, temperatures on the backside of the system will plummet and allow for rain to change over to snow along the New England coast.

When that changeover occurs and exactly where the storm’s cold conveyor belt of heavy snow sets up determines if coastal areas pickup significant snowfall the second half of the day Saturday and into the evening hours. In addition to the rain and snow, strong winds will be felt along the New England coast where high surf, coastal flooding, and beach erosion are possible. Elsewhere, wintry weather is also on tap for parts of West Texas where up to four inches of snow is possible.

Slick spots are possible in these areas Saturday morning and into the early afternoon hours. Most of the western U.S. remains under the influence of a large dome of high pressure, keeping relatively tranquil weather in place throughout the Intermountain West and the Plains. Elevated fire weather conditions persist in the higher elevations of southern California today.

Farther north, a weakening frontal boundary ushers in a round of showers to the Pacific Northwest Saturday evening and into early Sunday morning. High pressure builds back in overhead by the afternoon, leading to a drier second half of Sunday. Lastly, a new wave of low pressure developing in the Gulf of Mexico heads for Florida on Sunday with scattered showers and storms passing over the Sunshine State Sunday night into Monday morning.


Paul Saperstein


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