Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
356 AM EDT Fri Apr 03 2020
Valid 12Z Fri Apr 03 2020 - 12Z Sun Apr 05 2020
...Nor'easter to batter coastal New England with strong winds, heavy
showers, and coastal flooding today...
...Strong early spring cold front to generate travel disruptive weather in
the Midwest, severe weather in the Southern Plains...
...Pacific storm system to usher in both wet and wintry conditions to the
West Coast this weekend...
A powerful nor'easter off the East Coast will continue impact the New
England coast with blustery conditions, heavy showers, high surf, and
coastal flooding through this morning and into the early evening hours.
Scattered showers are also possible across much of the Northeast but with
less punch than what is expected for coastal New England. Look for showers
to taper off Friday night as the nor'easter heads south and east into the
northwest Atlantic and high pressure builds in from the west. By Saturday,
mostly dry conditions and more a more seasonal temperature regime looks to
settle in across the region.
A strong cold front continues to inch its way across the Midwest this
morning. The front's slow progression combined with the plummeting
temperatures in its wake is causing post-frontal precipitation to fall in
the form of freezing rain from the Central Plains to the Upper Midwest.
Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories continue through this morning as icy
accumulations ranging between a tenth to two tenths of an inch of ice are
possible, thus making for slick travel conditions in these regions.
Meanwhile, the cold front will march south in the Southern Plains where it
is expected to trigger showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and
evening. Some thunderstorms in southern and central Texas could be severe
with the potential to produce strong winds and large hail. Thunderstorms
will also contain intense rainfall rates that could lead to localized
flash flooding in the central and eastern portions of the Lone Star State.
Yet another Pacific storm system will take aim at the West Coast this
weekend. Coastal and valley rain is possible from Oregon to the Bay Area
of California Saturday with heavy snow in the Oregon Cascades and the
Sierra Nevada. The Sierras, in particular, will likely measure over 1 to 2
feet of snow by the end of the weekend. Southern California will wait
until Sunday for periods of rain to reach the region with locally heavy
Graphics available at www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/basicwx/basicwx_ndfd.php