Many places around the country will see the last blast of winter this weekend, while heavy rain and thunderstorms will blanket a large portion of the eastern half of the country next week bringing the risk of flooding; plus, experts warn of severe allergy season, and more of today’s weather news and forecast.
The northeast will see one more blast of snow that will linger through the weekend. Heavy snow is forecast for portions of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. Overall, snowstorms will span from Michigan, through Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and portions of Massachusetts and West Virginia.
On Friday, some areas of the South and Ohio Valley will receive a wintry mix including portions of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
Portions of the northwest will also receive a wintry mix on Friday, including parts of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.
When the first day of March arrives on Sunday, the weather pattern will shift right on cue into a more spring-like pattern – and that means lots of rain, potential flooding, thunderstorms and severe weather, including tornadoes.
On Sunday, thunderstorms will span across the south, the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, and across into the southeast.
The severe weather will linger into midweek and expanding to the northeast as the week progresses.
An especially large outbreak of severe weather is forecast for Super Tuesday, with the highest risk area encompassing portions of Arkansas, northern Mississippi, northern Alabama, the entirety of Tennessee and Kentucky, Western North Carolina, southern Illinois, central and southern Indiana, southern Ohio, the entirety of West Virginia, and southwestern Pennsylvania.
Along with the severe weather comes the risk of flooding. It’s still too far out for accurate predictions, but people living in the south and southeast are advised to follow their local forecasts closely beginning on Sunday.
Higher-than-normal pollen levels are forecast for spring this year, according to an annual survey by meteorologists.
Given the threat of a potential coronavirus outbreak, it’s also important to purchase any allergy medications that might be needed in advance for those family members needing allergy relief.
West: Los Angeles 84, San Francisco 64, Reno 65, Las Vegas 72, Salt Lake City 56, Denver 59.
Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 52, Portland 66, Boise 56, Billings 54, Bismarck 47, Rapid City 49.
Southwest: Phoenix 80, Albuquerque 60, El Paso 68, San Antonio 62.
Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 68, Dallas 67, Oklahoma City 67, Kansas City 53, Minneapolis 26, Madison 26.
Ohio Valley: Chicago 31, Detroit 26, St. Louis 46, Cincinnati 37, Indianapolis 31.
South: Houston 72, New Orleans 67, Memphis 54, Atlanta 48, Charlotte 52, Jacksonville 62, Tampa 63, Miami 69.
East: Norfolk 52, Washington, D.C. 48, Buffalo 25, New York 42, Boston 40, Bangor 24.