Phailin Packs a Punch; Lower 48 Transitions
“Very severe” cyclone Phailin made landfall near the coastal resort town of Gopalpur, India Saturday night at 9 PM local time, packing sustained winds of 124-130 mph winds(a strong category 3 storm,) according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Storm surge is around 10-12 feet, but if there’s any good news, it’s coming at low astronomical tide. Reuters news organization is reporting 5 deaths so far. This number is expected to climb, as rain and wind from the strong cyclone impacts millions of residents. Check out possible rainfall totals, as Phailin moves from eastern India into Nepal. Some areas could pick up nearly 2 feet of rain!
Back here in the lower 48, rain is finally easing a bit in the Mid-Atlantic. Southern Pennsylvania was hit with quite a deluge, as some areas picked up over 10-inches of rain.
Other cities across the region easily exceeded 2 to 4-inches in the rain gauge, with flooding concerns still in place for a few areas today. The cut-off area of low pressure responsible is forecast to sag south, pulling rain out of the region sometime Sunday.
Fantastic fall weather can be expected across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, where temperatures will be running above average by a good 6 to 16-degrees this afternoon. Highs are forecast to climb into the 70s and 80s as far north as Ohio and Michigan. Break out the shorts and short sleeves, but keep the fall gear handy, as temperatures take a big tumble by next Wednesday.
Speaking of tumbling temperatures, lows across the Midwest are forecast to drop into the 30s and 40s, with very cold mid-20s possible across North Dakota. As of this blog writing, freeze warnings are only in effect for North Dakota. Anticipate potential frost advisories to expand out into parts of South Dakota, Minnesota, and possibly Iowa & Nebraska later tonight.
One last forecast graphic to share with you before I sign off. As our next Pacific storm system slides across the Northwest, snow will pick up in Idaho tonight into Sunday. Around Chalis and Stanley, Idaho, elevations above 6,500′ may see 4 to 6-inches of snow. Sunday night into Monday, the mountains of northeast Utah & northwest Colorado may see up to 12-inches, and fresh winter storm watches have been posted to prepare residents.
Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your weekend! Until next time-
Meteorologist Bryan Karrick (@BKarrickWNTV)