We’re tracking a major winter storm impacting the Central US, bringing blizzard conditions, strong winds, and even severe weather. This comes as warm air gets pushed to the East Coast, making for a warm, Spring-like weekend before another storm develops by early-next week.

Welcome to the Thursday edition of your Morning Briefing, where we’ll give you a quick rundown on everything you need to know weather-wise, every weekday morning. Let’s dive right in.

Major Winter Storm Brings Blizzard Conditions and Severe Weather:

Storm total snowfall forecast. (Made Wednesday)
  1. Heavy snow will continue across the northern Plains and upper Midwest this Thursday, with the heavier snow focused near the center of low pressure. This area begins in central Nebraska and goes through southern Minnesota, where over 2 feet of snow may fall in total.
  2. Severe weather will also be possible to the south across the western Ohio River Valley. Strong winds and large hail will be the main risks, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
  3. The Midwest and Plains will experience very strong winds today into Friday, with widespread wind gusts of 35-55+ mph. Scattered power outages will be possible as a result.
  4. By Friday, the main impacts from this storm will come to an end as the storm begins to track into Canada while weakening. Despite this, snow will persist at a light to moderate rate across the Dakotas and much of the upper Midwest.

Warm Weekend for East Coast:

Forecast temperature departures from average on Saturday
  1. Ahead of the major winter storm affecting the Central US will be a push of warm air, which will hit the East Coast just in time for this upcoming weekend.
  2. Widespread high temperatures of 5-20 degrees above average are forecast, with the warmest of air relative to normal felt in the Northeast on Sunday.
  3. Temperatures up and down the East Coast will generally top off in the 60s and 70s, while 80 degree readings will be commonplace in Florida.
  4. A cold front will then arrive on Monday, dropping temperatures to below average as the weather becomes unsettled again.

New Weekend Storm Develops Over Southern Plains:

  1. A new storm system will develop over the southern Plains this weekend. Not only will this storm be responsible for heavy rain, but also some snow and severe weather.
  2. Snow will be possible between Saturday and Sunday from the Texas Panhandle through parts of the upper Midwest as the center of low pressure tracks north and east. Generally less than half a foot of snow is expected, but this snow in the South is somewhat unusual at this time of the year.
  3. Heavy rain will also be the story as it moves from the southern Plains on Saturday to the eastern US Sunday into Monday. A widespread 0.5-1.5+ inches of rainfall is expected.
  4. Severe weather will also be possible, especially on Sunday across the ArkLaTex and Lower Mississippi River Valleys, but those details are yet to be determined.

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