Before we jump into our next big weather maker, want to briefly take you back to the heat in Death Valley, CA Friday. The high topped 90 degrees for the first time this year, only a few days off the average first 90 degree day of March 12th. Highs today cool slightly, with mid-80s through Monday.
Now on to today’s big talker…storms with a serious attitude. If you live in the green shaded areas, rumbles of thunder may greet you on that trip to the store. Those of you in & along the edge of the yellow shaded area should be prepared for strong to severe storms later today into tonight. Large hail, damaging wind & an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Another threat will be locally heavy rain, with most of the southeast U.S. picking up at least a quarter to half inch in the rain gauge.
As this storm wraps in colder air, sleet & snow could have some of you shoveling & swearing(politely!) Sunday night into Monday morning. Probabilities of at least 4″ of snow are running at about 70% in the red shaded area in Virginia & West Virginia. The Monday morning commute in D.C. could be slow going, with several inches of snow possible.
Those of you in the Pacific Northwest won’t be left out of the rain & snow fun. Check out the potential for 1-3″ of rain, & 6-12″ of snow in Washington, most of it falling in a 30-hour period Sunday into early Monday.
As I wrap up our blog, would like to wish all of our Irish readers(pretty much everyone on St. Patrick’s Day)the best on Monday. The Chicago River was dyed green this morning, as the Windy City got a jump on festivities. How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day??
Until next time! -Meteorologist Bryan Karrick