Good evening, @ddicts. A very violent forecast, unfortunately.
Storm brings severe, flooding and snow
M. Ressler, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Mar. 8, 2011 6:25 pm ET
A developing storm employs a three-prong strategy of snow, flooding rains and severe as it tracks from the south-central states into the East.
Ahead of a strong cold front, severe thunderstorms will target southeast Oklahoma, northeast Texas, southern Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, southwest Tennessee and Mississippi overnight. Damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail are likely. Midweek, the most active zone for severe thunderstorms will focus across the Deep South including southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, southwest Georgia and northern Florida. More damaging wind gusts, brief tornadoes and hail are possible. Northward over the Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley, a few thunderstorms could turn severe Wednesday with damaging wind gusts and hail. Overnight Wednesday, a few severe thunderstorms will push eastward across central and southern Georgia into parts of the Carolinas. By Thursday, a few severe thunderstorms are possible from southeast Virginia to Florida before the cold front finally exits into the Atlantic.
Heavy rains are spreading eastward from the central and southern Mississippi Valley. Across the Ohio Valley, overnight and Wednesday, 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible. Farther south, from parts of Louisiana to the southern Appalachians, rainfall of 1 to 4 inches will be common and some isolated reports to 6 inches are possible. Thursday into Friday, the heaviest rain will shift into the Northeast where parts of eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, eastern New York and western New England could be doused with up to 4 or 5 inches of rain.
Already, flood and flash flood watches extend from Louisiana to the Mid-Atlantic, southeast New York and southwest Connecticut.
Snow will stretch from parts of the central Plains to Michigan overnight and Wednesday. Snowfall will be mainly in the 3-to-6-inch range across western and northern Iowa, central Wisconsin and northern Michigan.
Later Wednesday into Thursday, snow will develop from northern Pennsylvania and Upstate New York into northern and central New England. Northern New York and the mountains of Vermont could see up to 10 inches of snow. Most of the snow will change to rain later Thursday and Friday as much milder air pushes northward ahead of the storm.
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