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Quick Update: Thanksgiving East Coast Storm

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM MST /12:50 PM EST/

Surface observations this morning show the surface low centered over New England, with a cold front extending from near the MA/RI/CT Triple Point southwestward, closely following the coastline to near Jacksonville, FL (the front is just offshore). Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts are still on the warm side of the front, experiencing temperatures in the 50s and 60s and winds out of the southeast at 20-30 knots. The warm front is just about to reach the coast of Maine, so both temperatures and wind speeds there will continue to increase as the day progresses. Once the cold front passes through these areas later this afternoon, wind speeds will diminish temporarily overnight, before filling back in around 15-25 knots around sunrise on Thursday.

Behind the front, winds are light out of the northwest at 5-15 knots for nearly all coastal areas between New Jersey and Florida. Temperatures across interior New England down through the mid-Atlantic States are mainly in the upper 30's and low 40's. At Noon EST, the freezing line was located approximately along a line extending from Buffalo to Pittsburgh to near Beckley, WV (in the SE part of the state). It will be snowing along and west of that line. As the freezing line moves east, the precipitation will be pulling out of those areas, so coastal areas will see very little snow, if any at all. Areas in the Appalachians back into parts of the Ohio Valley, however could see as much as 6 inches of snow, with some higher totals near the Canadian Border in New York.

Barring something really crazy happening (which I am not anticipating at this point), this will be my last update on this storm, as I will be signing off for the Thanksgiving holiday and will not be back until next week. If you want any further details, the model data from a couple days ago still looks pretty much on track for this storm. Once this storm exits your area, calm and sunny weather will come in behind it. This weekend looks pretty nice for nearly the entire country. Have a great Thanksgiving and be safe if you are traveling.

Posted In: Forecasts

Tagged: Noreaster, Rain, Straight Line Winds, Cold Front