Monday, March 04, 2013

March 5th, 2013 Forecast

A day of calmness before a large coastal storm impacts the Mid Atlantic coastline on Wednesday and early Thursday with rain, snow, and significant coastal flooding impacts. This storm could rival 1962 in terms of tidal flooding levels at Cape May and Lewes with Thursday morning's high tide.  Regarding specific precipitation impacts, we're still watching how far north the precipitation shield will get -- modeling still waffles a bit on the exact specifics but we do think periods of rain and snow are likely in a decent chunk of the region.  This storm will not be all snow except for the mountains and valleys of  Western Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.   Locally, we'll get both but heavier precipitation areas could see more snow than areas that see less precipitation.   The specifics will get fine-tuned and we'll have more information later this afternoon and evening.

For tonight, expect the breezes that marked today's weather to die down.  Skies will generally remain variably cloudy through the night, with lows in the 20's across the region.

Tuesday will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine -- a pretty nice and tranquil day in advance of this storm system as winds are generally ten miles per hour or less, with high temperatures topping out in the mid, perhaps upper 40's throughout the region.