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East Coast Chaos?

Hope you have all your holiday shopping done with, or at least are close to it as we are just a week away from Christmas. This coming weekend promises to be one of the busiest of the year since Christmas Eve/Christmas are on Monday/Tuesday this year so everybody will be hitting the road and skies this weekend. Places in the East Coast though could see a storm system slow down their travels to grandmother’s house.

A mid-level disturbance is working through the Four Corners region right now, and will continue through the Southern Plains to the Gulf Coast. A strong trough is digging its way down over the Rockies and Plains Wednesday into Thursday, and as they link up over the Deep South Thursday into Friday, a powerful storm system looks to develop over the region. A strong cold front could swing through the FL Peninsula, bringing thunderstorms, some possibly severe. Plentiful rains look to spread up the Eastern Seaboard Friday into Saturday, which won’t help flooding issues after the soaking they got these last few days. Areas west of the Appalachians could see some significant snows as colder air gets sucked in on the backside of this season, but amounts and locations are hard to pin down currently. In any event, keep an eye on the forecast if you plan on traveling this weekend, and plan extra time to get to where you need to go.

Wet Week In Store

While the winter season usually brings thoughts of nothing but cold snaps and blizzards, storm systems can still bring plenty of rainfall during the month. An area of low pressure looks to push out over the Plains tomorrow and slowly push its way through the Southeast over the subsequent couple of days. No widespread severe weather is anticipated along the Gulf Coast or in the Southeast US, but it wouldn’t surprise me if a few scattered cells reached severe criteria. Places from the FL Panhandle to the Coastal Carolinas could be looking at 2-4 inches of rain by the time the system moves off the East Coast this weekend.

Kingsport, Tennessee

That’s quite the snowstorm the Mid-Atlantic region got over the last couple of days wasn’t it? Places up in the Smoky Mountains of NC got around 2 feet and even the Raleigh-Durham area got a foot. Now that the system has mostly sound down in the region, let’s see what’s in store for Kingsport, TN as we venture into mid-week.

At 753pm EST, the temperature at Kingsport, TN was 32 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. As the storm system that brought snow to the region yesterday shifts through the Carolinas and out over the Atlantic, high pressure takes hold over the Southeast and Lower-MS River Valley. This area of low pressure will continue to camp out over the region for the next couple of days, keeping conditions dry but chilly. But hey, it’s December, we should be used to these cold temps, right?!

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 42, Low 17.
Wednesday: Increasing clouds but warmer. High 48, Low 23.

TWC: Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High 41, Low 13.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 46, Low 22

AW: Tuesday: Plenty of sun; chilly. High 41, Low 16.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 46, Low 22.

NWS: Tuesday: Patchy freezing fog, then sunny. High 41, Low 17.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 45, Low 23.

WB: Tuesday: Sunny. High 38, Low 12.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 44, Low 21.

WN: Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 41, Low 17.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 45, Low 23.

FIO: Tuesday: Partly cloudy until afternoon. High 37, Low 18.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy starting overnight, continuing until night. High 47, Low 21.

Some isolated flurry activity is floating around the region off to the south, but won’t impact the Kingsport area tonight. Looking like a couple of dry but chilly days ahead for them!

Greensboro, North Carolina to Durham, North Carolina

It’s a very short road trip today! It’s not even really a road trip, it’s a 53-mile jaunt down the interstate. That’s all the separates Greensboro and Durham, NC. So, let’s see what tomorrow brings us!

There could be some areas of dense fog in the morning before burning off by 9-10am. After that mostly cloudy skies will give way to increasingly sunny skies come afternoon. Given that our trip is only an hour, let’s wait until the fog burns off before we hit the road, no reason to make things more difficult than they have to be. Easy day!

Travel Nightmare for Some

Well, the turkey has been consumed, the 90% off deals for Black Friday are over, and just some Saturday holiday decorating is in the cards for many families throughout the country. I’ll be one of those anyways, putting up my new tree while enjoying some college football in the background. Sunday means millions then head home before work starts on Monday, hitting the roads and praying the traffic and weather cooperates with them. I can’t make any promises about the traffic in the Midwest, but the driving part could look less than optimal.

An area of low pressure is quickly shifting through the Rockies right now, bringing plentiful snows to the Yellowstone area. This low pressure will eject into the Central Plains late Saturday into early Sunday morning, dropping areas of heavy snow through Nebraska into western Iowa. As Sunday progresses, the storm will shift into the Great Lakes region, continuing to drop heavy snow into eastern Iowa, southern Wisconsin and far northern Illinois. Forecast snow accumulation maps snow where the chaos could reign on Sunday and while areas like St. Louis and Chicago will be largely spared, people traveling between N IL and places like Milwaukee and the Twin Cities, like some of my family members are, could be in for a bad day. Better to just take an extra vacation day then navigate treacherous roads!

No Battle in Battle Creek

As expected, some light rain fell late Sunday night and lingered into Monday morning. Luckily it wasn’t a washout for Battle Creek, as amounts stayed under 0.05″ total. Weather Channel ran away with the win, as their slightly warmer forecast proved to be the difference.

Sunday: 0.02″ of rain. High 55, Low 41.
Monday: 0.02″ of rain. High 51, Low 47.
Forecast Grade: A-

Columbus, Indiana

Sorry for the super late post, day kinda gets away from you when its Election Day! I hope you all got out and voted! Let’s take a look at how things are faring in Indiana, weather-wise anyways.

At 945pm EST, the temperature at Columbus, IN was 48 degrees under clear skies (below 12,000 feet). I have to make that distinction because when automated systems report “SKC” (sky clear), the sensor only registers up to 12,000 feet. So, while it may report clear skies, there can still be clouds higher up that are passing over the region like they are right now. A nose of high pressure is pushing its way over the Ohio Valley, and looks to keep the area dry and pleasant Wednesday and through much of Thursday as well. This area breaks down as Thursday progresses and a new area of low pressure starts to develop over the Mid-MS River Valley. Showers should hold off long enough so as to remain dry until early Friday morning when the system really pushes through.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 50, Low 35.
Thursday: Increasing clouds in evening. High 48, Low 29.

TWC: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 54, Low 36.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 51, Low 30.

AW: Wednesday: Partly sunny; breezy. High 54, Low 36.
Thursday: Clouds and sun; chilly. High 50, Low 30.

NWS: Wednesday: Isolated early morning sprinkles, then mostly sunny. High 51, Low 36.
Thursday: Partly sunny, increasing clouds late. High 49, Low 30.

WB: Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 50, Low 35.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, possible late night shower. High 47, Low 31.

WN: Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 51, Low 36.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 49, Low 30.

FIO: Wednesday: Partly cloudy starting in the morning, continuing until evening. High 52, Low 37.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy starting overnight, continuing until evening. High 48, Low 29.

We see some clouds traversing the region currently, but looks like it’ll be a fairly nice couple of days coming up!

Battle Creek, Michigan

As we enter Standard Time, let’s take a look at what it’ll be like in Michigan for the first couple post-DST days.

At 953pm EST, the temperature at Battle Creek, MI was 41 degrees under overcast skies. An area of low pressure shifting into the Mid-MS River Valley extends a warm front of sorts into Lower Michigan, which is bringing some light rain showers with it. These light morning showers should trail off by the late morning, with cloudy skies persisting throughout the day. As the low pressure lifts into the Upper Midwest, rain chances increase as the cold front swings through Michigan. Heavy rains aren’t expected though, as the front seems to want to dissipate as it traverses the region. Rain showers trail off early Monday morning as the system pushes off to the northeast, leading to fairly quiet daytime hours. Another quick moving low pressure system is on its heels, however, and looks to move into Lower Michigan late Monday night, bringing in some more rain showers before midnight.

Sunday: Rain chances increase throughout the day. High 51, Low 37.
Monday: Early morning showers, cloudy in afternoon, light night rain chances again. High 53, Low 44.

TWC: Sunday: Showers. High 54, Low 38.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, few showers. High 51, Low 46.

AW: Sunday: Periods of rain; windy. High 52, Low 38.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 52, Low 45.

NWS: Sunday: Chance of showers then rain likely. High 51, Low 34.
Monday: Rain likely then mostly cloudy. High 52, Low 44.

WB: Sunday: 80% chance of rain. High 52, Low 36.
Monday: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers. High 50, Low 47.

WN: Sunday: Cloudy with chance of light showers. High 51, Low 34.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with light rain likely. High 52, Low 44.

FIO: Sunday: Overcast throughout the day and breezy in evening, late night rain showers. High 53, Low 37.
Monday: Light rain overnight. High 49, Low 43.

Here we see the light rain showers lifting up over WI and through Lake Michigan into northern Indiana. This activity will be the start of a rather soggy next couple of days.

Pueblo, Colorado to Lima, Ohio

Today we embark on a 3-day trip from the foothills of the Rockies to the Ohio Valley. 1,249 miles separate Pueblo from Lima, so let’s hit the road!


A system shifting through the Four Corners into the Southern Plains is bringing snow to the Pueblo area during the overnight into early morning hours. Some light snow will continue to fall as we head eastward out of the area. After an hour or two, the precip will come to an end as the focus of the system shifts down over OK/TX, leaving dry weather and partially clearing skies as we head into western Kansas. Dry weather will continue throughout the remainder of the day with some northerly winds. A rather pleasant afternoon is expected as we eventually pull into Salina, KS for the night.


The storm system over the Southern Plains will quickly make it’s way into the Ohio Valley throughout the day. Dry weather and partly cloudy skies greet us as we start our day, though it will be noticeably cooler than the previous evening. Mostly dry conditions are expected throughout the day on our eastward jaunt along I-70. There’s a slight chance of some late-afternoon/early-evening rain showers as we close in on St. Louis, a product of some wraparound moisture still lingering over the Mid-MS River Valley behind our aforementioned storm system. St. Louis is where we stay for the night.


A weak ridge of high pressure shifts over the MS River Valley overnight, though it’ll be chilly as some cold air continues to dig in on the backside of this system. Partly cloudy skies will last throughout much of the day as we continue eastward on I-70 through Illinois and past Indianapolis. Overcast skies are expected as we approach Ohio and don’t be surprised if we see a stray shower as we turn northward out of Dayton towards Lima, but shouldn’t be anything more than a brief nuisance!

Buffalo, New York

Today we take a look at what’s going on in Buffalo! Often a target for Lake Effect snows, it doesn’t seem like it’s quite the season for such shenanigans just yet, but let’s see what the start of the weekend looks like for them! 

At 954pm EDT, the temperature at Buffalo, NY was 39 degrees under overcast skies. An area of high pressure over the Northeast is keeping the area dry today with rather pleasant Fall conditions. Cloudy skies are anticipated throughout the day Friday in advance of an approaching storm system lifting up from the Southeast. By the time it makes it to the Northeast on Saturday, it’s expected to become a good ol’ fashioned nor’easter. Not really cold enough for there to be widespread snows, but just lots of rain for much of the region. Rain will move in during the very early morning hours on Saturday and last throughout the day as a weak lobe of low pressure on the backside of this system will keep the rain in the area until early Sunday. But hey, no snow just yet!

Friday: Increasing clouds, late night rain showers. High 52, Low 36.
Saturday: Rain throughout the day. High 47, Low 41.

TWC: Friday: Cloudy. High 53, Low 37.
Saturday: Rain. High 43, Low 40.

AW: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 53, Low 37.
Saturday: Rain and drizzle in the afternoon. High 45, Low 41.

NWS: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 50, Low 36.
Saturday: Rain. High 47, Low 41.

WB: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 51, Low 38.
Saturday: Rain. High 42, Low 40.

WN: Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 50, Low 36.
Saturday: cloudy with light rain. High 47, Low 41.

FIO: Friday: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 53, Low 36.
Saturday: Rain starting in morning, continues through the day. High 44, Low 40.

Some layered clouds continue to stream over the area, so while there won’t be much sun on Friday, the rain will take a while to get there