The Return of Winter Brings Another Round of Heavy Snow Across US

The combination of a cold front and a large winter storm is bringing winter back for another round, dropping heavy snow and delivering freezing wind chills in various parts of the country, while the Great Lakes brace for monster waves and lake effect snow; plus, more of today’s weather news and forecast.

NWS issues winter storm and blizzard warnings

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning that “a powerful winter storm will be pounding parts of the Northeast and Great Lakes. Heavy snow and gusty winds are expected to wallop areas from Western and upstate New York into northern New England,”

“Extremely heavy lake effect snow will pound areas downwind of the Great Lakes, especially those areas off of Lakes Erie and Ontario through Saturday afternoon,” the NWS said.

Winter storm warnings and weather advisories are also in effect for the following areas: along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, eastern Kentucky, western West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania in the Northeast; and in the west, for southeastern Montana, northeastern Wyoming, and western South Dakota.

Thursday’s Snow forecast

On Thursday, snow is forecast through parts of northeastern Missouri, central and northern Illinois, central and northern Indiana, northern Ohio, northern Wisconsin, eastern Virginia, the entirety of West Virginia, central and northern Pennsylvania, western and northern New York, and the entireties of Michigan, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

In the South, snowfall is forecast for central, north-central, and south-central Kentucky, north-central, and middle Tennessee, with the likelihood of heavy snow along the Tennessee-North Carolina border;  To the west, snow is forecast in western and southeast Montana; northeast Wyoming; western and north-central South Dakota; northern, central, southern, and eastern North Dakota southern Wyoming, northern and central Colorado.

Great Lakes may see 14-20 foot waves

Strong winds may create swells in the Great Lakes that could exceed 14 feet on Thursday, meteorologists report.

Large waves were already seen over Lake Michigan, but waves are anticipated to grow larger in Lakes Huron, Erie, and Ontario throughout the day, where waves up to ten feet will peak on the southeast shores.

Lake Ontario could see waves as high as 20 feet near the center of the lake.

In addition, heavy lake effect snow could continue for the next two days.

Warmer temperatures will return within next 48 hours, but not everywhere

As we transition out of meteorological winter, over the next 6-10 days, a 30-degree temperature surge could occur in various places around the country, while other locations are more likely to see below-average temperatures.

The biggest movement of temperature changes will be on the opposite coasts, with the West Coast and the East Coast having an above-average likelihood of above-normal temperatures, as will the south and the Ohio Valley in the upper Midwest.

On the other end of the scale, portions of the southwest and west will have a higher likelihood of experiencing below-average temperatures in Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 72, Los Angeles 87, Reno 65, Las Vegas 72, Salt Lake City 49, Denver 48.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 57, Portland 68, Boise 51, Billings 52, Bismarck 40, Rapid City 42.

Southwest: Phoenix 77, Albuquerque 58, El Paso 63, San Antonio 62.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 66, Dallas 61, Oklahoma City 61, Kansas City 49, Minneapolis 24, Madison 25.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 31, Detroit 25, St. Louis 46, Cincinnati 37.

South: Houston 59, New Orleans 54, Memphis 49, Atlanta 46, Charlotte 49, Jacksonville 58, Tampa 59, Miami 68.

East: Norfolk 49, Washington, D.C. 42, Buffalo 25, New York 43, Boston 52, Bangor 30.