Yesterday’s winter storm finally comes to an end today, but some areas will still feel the effects of its aftermath into this afternoon. Our next storm to keep an eye on is another clipper-like system that could impact the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast towards the end of the week. And on the West coast, there’s no end in sight for heavy rain and snow over California and the Pacific Northwest.

Welcome to the Wednesday 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.

Impacts of Yesterday’s Winter Storm Still Being Felt:

  1. Final snowfall totals are still coming in this morning after yesterday’s winter storm delivered widespread snow, ice, and rain to the region. Snow and rain will finally move out of Northern New England by this afternoon, leaving some time to clean up the slushy mess that’s left before the evening commute.
  2. A few snow and rain showers may linger over Northern New England into the afternoon, likely not amounting to any additional accumulations.
  3. Some may experience problems during this morning’s commute, especially in areas where ice and snow fell into the early morning hours. With precipitation ending across the region by this afternoon, additional clean-up should clear roads for this evening.
  4. Relatively mild temperatures and gradually clearing skies throughout the region over the next two days should help to melt any snow or slush on roads just in time for possibly more winter precipitation at the end of the week.

Eastern US Braces for More Rain and Snow Late-Week:

  1. In a possibly active second half of February, we move right from one storm to the next. As roads clear yesterday’s slushy mess, we turn our attention to the next potentially impactful system at the end of the week – a clipper-like system that could bring rain and snow across the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast.
  2. A few days out, confidence is still pretty low on this storm’s exact timing, intensity, and precipitation types, but it looks like it will play out similarly to our last few clippers. With milder temperatures in place, this system will likely be mostly, if not all, rain for the coast and inland, while dropping widespread snow across the Interior Northeast, Midwest, and Great Lakes.
  3. Right on the heels of this storm will be yet another on Saturday and Sunday. It is likely to remain over the Mid-Atlantic but, if temperature profiles allow, moderate to heavy snow could seriously impede traffic this weekend over the affected regions.
  4. As always, it’s important to note uncertainty within systems a few days out. While neither of these storms are expected to be major, they could still disrupt travel and business locally, so be sure to check back for more updates on the weather to come.

Downpours and Heavy Mountain Snow Continue for the West Coast:

  1. Multiple frontal systems will pound the West Coast, bringing heavy rain and snow through the end of the week. Along the coast and at lower elevations, heavy rains create flooding and debris flow problems, while heavy mountain snow engulfs the Cascades and Sierra Nevadas.
  2. With a few feet already covering the mountains, 1-3 additional feet of snow is expected to fall over the Cascades and Sierra Nevadas by the end of the week. High winds could cause blowing snow, creating near white-out conditions possible, even during periods of lighter snowfall.
  3. Along the coast, the possibility of excessive rainfall remains, especially for Southern California. This risk will likely remain in place until Friday, meaning an increased risk of flooding and debris flow from burn scars.
  4. The weekend will provide little relief, with even more rain and snow likely on its way. Early next week is when the West Coast should finally catch a break with clearer skies and drier weather.

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Kathleen is a writer and meteorological consultant at WeatherOptics. A recent graduate from Stony Brook University, Kathleen has earned her B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Previously, she has done research on the role of Atmospheric Rivers on Arctic Amplification and forecasted for local pages like SBU Weather.

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