Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Major Winter Storm and Severe Weather on the Way Thursday

Very Heavy snow on the way for parts of the Midwest on Thursday as a rapidly intensifying storm system moves northeast into the area. This system will be on the verge of bombogenesis, dropping ~20mb in a 24 hours time period. Confidence is on the rise as much of the major computer models are forecasting this solution. The area with the highest uncertainty falls in central Iowa to Green Bay, as mixing and how rapidly the cold air wraps around will play a major role in total snowfall, right now 1-3" looks like a safe bet.

Greatest severe threat has shifted slightly to the south. On the warm side, this storm looks to bring the first real severe weather threat of the season. As warm gulf moisture crashes into yet another surge of arctic air (yes the cold will return in full force by the end of the week). The main threats look to be heavy rain and large hail, with damaging winds also possible in many areas. The highest threat, at this time, appears to be in the Ohio River Valley where the best atmospheric dynamics will set up. It will be interesting to see how the snow cover effects and possibly limits severe weather potential on Thursday.

*Added in an over inch of rain area.
No matter what, heavy rain will be a major issue on Thursday. Not only will many locations see over a half inch of rain, the record breaking snow depth will play a major role in flooding. Be sure to pay attention to your local flooding advisories. Furthermore, you may want to consider shoveling snow off the roof as roof collapses will likely occur as heavy rain is soaked up like a sponge on the roof of your home or business. It is an issue every year with storm like this, and can be fixed with a preemptive strike.