The 17th named storm of the season developed in the western Caribbean Friday evening, becoming Rafael with winds sustained at 40 mph.
Rafael will continue to churn through the western Caribbean and affect the US and British Virgin Islands today.
The main threats will be gusty winds, soaking downpours and rough seas.
Some of the hardest hit spots will see anywhere from 2-4 inches of rain, with localized locations up to 10 inches possible.
This sort of rain will be capable of causing mudslides, rockslides and flash flooding.
As Rafael heads through the Virgin Islands and dances with the western-half of Puerto Rico, he will head north toward Bermuda by the early to middle part of next week.
After a brief bout with cooler air over the weekend, temperatures will rise back into the 40s early next week.
Recent snow and wind combined with mild air on Saturday will set the stage for avalanches into Monday.
The brutally cold winter of 2013-14 has put a dent in the invasive insect population, but it won't be a total wipeout.
The long-lasting and relentless winter season has broken seasonal maintenance expenditure records across much of the U.S.
Despite early March rain and snow, worries escalate as water supplies remain low.
After spending the first week of the month well below normal, temperatures will spring well into the 50s this weekend and could reach the 70 F Tuesday around Washington, D.C.
Upper Midwest and Great Lakes (1987)
Amazing Warmth... Location Temperature Sioux Falls, SD 78 Minneapolis, MN 73 Madison, WI 70 Rochester, MN 69 Duluth, MN 69 Toronto, Ontario 64 All temperatures are the highest for early in the season
Northern Plains (1983)
Minot, ND had 6" of snow, Bismarck, ND had 7" of new snow and Mobridge, SD had 6" of new snow.
Northeast/ Mid-Atlantic (2001)
(March 4-7) a major winter storm brought strong winds, heavy snow and blizzard conditions to portions of the region. Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph in many places. In parts of New England, snow totals exceeded 2, even 3 feet. In Burlington, VT, 22.9 inches of snow fell which broke the record for the date of 7 inches from 1971.