Friday 10:45 a.m.
Here is the morning video, and I was dressed for the occasion:
A fast-moving storm will spread snow to the East Coast by the end of the day. Most of the accumulations have been light, but heavy snow broke out in southwestern and central Ohio. The Dayton area picked up a quick 3 inches. The map below shows the pressure pattern at 10 a.m. EST. The close spacing of lines from northern Georgia to West Virginia implies strong winds heading north. However, on a line from central Kentucky to northern West Virginia, the lines quickly spread apart, There and just to the north is the area where the heaviest precipitation was breaking out.
Computer models suggest this enhanced snow will continue eastward to the middle of Pennsylvania then weakens. There will be updates of stories and videos on AccuWeather.com all afternoon and evening. The main thing this morning was how little snow it has taken to cause nasty travel conditions. The Chicago morning rush hour was a nightmare when most places had about a half inch of snow. The total Chicago snowfall surpassed 1 inch for the first time this season. The last time they had that much was one month less than a year ago.
As milder air advances northeastward, it will run into the retreating cold air. This could lead to assortment of precipitation types, with freezing rain posing the greatest danger. As the mild air flows over the cold ground, areas of dense fog could develop.
Later next week, cold will regain its place in the Great Lakes and Northeast and mildness will be in the shadows on Groundhog Day.
On this map, two such features (short waves) stand out today. The one in Ohio caused some thunderstorms in Michigan and Indiana yesterday. The other short wave is causing thunderstorms this morning from western Wisconsin to northern Missouri.
Scotty the Dog will be four-months-old in four days. On walks during hot weather, he is quick to seek out shady spots. He has yet to experience any cold weather, but he looks like he will be ready when it arrives (not any time soon!).
Erika's heavy rainfall separated into two areas yesterday. This is the Morehead City, North Carolina, radar, showing an area of heavy rain and thunderstorms that dumped more 4 inches of rain on parts of the coastal Carolinas this morning.
Tropical Storm Erika could eventually affect Florida and other sections of the Gulf Coast or Southeast, but for now it poses no threat for the Northeast. This map shows the storm as of early this morning.
The second concern is Erika. The map below shows what many different models area saying. While there is a good agreement in the short range, the longer-range spread is quite larger, with tracks ...
This picture shows where Erika is. The various models show a track toward Florida with a lot of uncertainty after that. If it does make it to land, then moves slowly (steering forces look weak), it could be a major rain producer.