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    Beware the Ides of March, And the Next Two Days

    3/14/2014, 6:43:58 PM

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    One thing that I meant to mention in the video that I neglected to mention ... where snow occurs during the day, it will be difficult to get accumulations unless it's really coming down hard. All bets will be off once you whiten the ground, but it's hard to get those accumulations started during daytime in March. Similarly, it's very difficult to get ice buildup during the day even when the temperature is below freezing. The ice storm we recently had in North Carolina would not have been anywhere near as bad if it had happened during the daytime.

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    Southern US weather blog

    • Severe storm risk Friday and Friday night

      Friday severe storms, cooler this weekend, more storms next week

      Frank Strait - February 25, 2017, 9:21:30 AM EST

      Over most of the South, it's feeling more like April or May than late February. The warmth will feed severe storms for some along a cold front moving through on Friday. The weekend will be cooler but only back to near average for late February and it will warm up again next week. Another front will move through during the middle to late part of next week with more storms, potentially more serious in terms of severe weather. After that, it will get cooler again and this time it will stay cool to chilly for a while.

    • Stormy Mid-Atlantic Saturday

      Stormy mid-Atlantic Saturday, cooler air moving in briefly

      Frank Strait - February 25, 2017, 8:24:53 AM EST

      The front causing storms in the Midwest down into Kentucky and Tennessee on Friday will bring some severe weather to the mid-Atlantic coast on Saturday. Behind it, a cooler air mass will move in for a couple of days, but we warm up again early next week. Next week looks active with a series of weak storm systems moving in and moisture from the tropics becoming more available. Another front will move through at the middle of next week with more severe weather. Behind that front we get cooler air to stay for a while, though.

    • Needed rain on the way to Florida

      A front causes severe storms, then cooler

      Frank Strait - February 21, 2017, 10:16:51 PM EST

      Unseasonable warmth ahead of a front that is moving through Thursday and Saturday will lead to some severe weather to deal with. At this point, I don't think the South will have many tornadoes to deal with, but there can be a few of them; damaging wind will be a threat. Behind the front will come a turn to more typical February temperatures. The Appalachians will even see some snow, though likely not a lot. The chilly air won't hang around long, though. A big surge of warmth is coming early next week with a potentially bigger severe weather event.

    • Flood threat Monday

      Warm all week, then cooler this weekend

      Frank Strait - February 20, 2017, 4:23:46 AM EST

      It will remain quite warm across the South this week. With a a springlike air mass in place, storm systems that move through will cause springlike storms. A cold front moving through at the end of the week will lead in cooler air for the weekend for most. Don't expect the cool air to stick around long, though.

    • Stormy in Texas Sunday

      Warm until next weekend, stormy Plains Sunday

      Frank Strait - February 18, 2017, 10:23:14 PM EST

      There's no cold air in sight, not until at least next weekend; so the warm spell is going to continue for a while. The strong storm system out in California will move into the Plains Sunday and cause some severe storms and flooding rains in parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

    • Here comes a warmup

      Warmth to build in the Plains and spread east

      Frank Strait - February 15, 2017, 10:17:43 PM EST

      A weak shot of chilly air has pushed in but it's pretty lame by February standards. It won't last long, either. A warmup starts Thursday and will expand east into the Southeast Friday through the weekend. The warm air is going to stick around for a while, too. It may be the end of the month before we see any real cold air coming down into the South again. It's too early to say winter's over, but it's very hard to get a big snowstorm down South once you get into March.

    • Stormy southern Plains

      A warm storm to move through, so severe weather instead of snow

      Frank Strait - February 13, 2017, 6:58:35 PM EST

      With mild air in place over most of the South, there is concern with a storm that's will move through over the next couple of days with severe thunderstorms rather than winter weather. Parts of Texas and the higher Appalachians will see limited amounts of snow, but that's it. No major cold is coming behind this storm. In fact, after a brief spell of somewhat chillier weather, the next several days look warm again.

    • Warming up early next week, turning stormy in some areas

      Chilly this weekend for some, warm for others; warmer and stormy early next week

      Frank Strait - February 03, 2017, 5:51:55 PM EST

      Much of the Southeast will be chilly Saturday but warmer air starts to return on Sunday. The first half of next week looks warm. A storm going by to our north will pull a cold front through the region Tuesday into Wednesday which will cause some rain and potentially severe thunderstorms. The end of next week looks colder again but how well the cold penetrates is in question.