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Blizzard and Severe Weather

February 19, 2014; 9:00 AM ET

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The storm moving into the western Great Lakes late Thursday will be a blizzard for the area shown on the snow map. This will be a nasty storm for that area with winds gusting over 40 mph, heavy snow and drifting.

On the warm side of the storm, severe weather will develop Thursday afternoon and last into Thursday night. I expect to see a squall line along the front with widespread wind damage reports as the squall line moves through a particular area. If there is a tornado threat, it will be Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama where the dew points will be in the 60s.

I am not really concerned about flooding over the snow cover areas of the Appalachians and Northeast. I don't think the storm will be able to blow enough warmth and high dew point air that far north to cause a quick meltdown of the snow. Rainfall will be under an inch and will only be absorbed by the snow cover. It does not look like the snow cover is going to melt anytime soon this month.

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