A series of storms will close in on the West Coast today. The result will be a stormy, unsettled day from California into Canada.
While rainy weather will settle in along much of the West Coast, those areas along the coastlines of Washington and Oregon are also in for powerful winds. The howling winds picked up overnight ahead of the storm and will continue in these areas for much of the day.
Wind gusts more than 70 mph in the region could push high-profile vehicles around on roadways and could even down trees or lead to sporadic power outages. While the rain will not be coming down in torrents, the windswept rain could also significantly reduce visibilities at times, making travel treacherous.
The storms will also deposit snow in the mountains of the West. The heaviest accumulations are expected in the Cascades of Washington and southern Coast Mountains in British Columbia. Snowfall totals will be on the order of 6 to 12 inches, with more than a foot possible on some of the peaks in British Columbia.
Lighter accumulations will blanket the northern Rockies and southern British Columbia. With milder air flowing northward ahead of the storm, a slushy mix of rain and snow could still create slick road conditions from southern Idaho into northwestern Nevada for a time today.
The recent stretch of cool weather in Washington, D.C., will depart for Easter weekend.
The recent stretch of cool weather in Philadelphia will depart for Easter weekend.
Temperatures will remain on the rise in Harrisburg, giving way to a mild Easter weekend.
While heavy rain drenches the Southeast from Alabama to the Carolinas, portions of Florida will remain in the path of severe thunderstorms.
Throughout the United States, the greatest potential for the weather to disrupt outdoor plans and festivities on Easter Sunday exists across the Plains.
At least 12 are dead and three are still missing after an avalanche cascaded down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday morning.
Rapid City, SD (1970)
22" of snow (17th-18th) -- 24-hour record.
Heat wave in Northeast -- 95 degrees in Washington, DC, tied April record. 94 degrees in Philadelphia, PA.
SE Virginia (1983)
4" snow at Hampton, 3" snow at Newport News (heaviest snowfalls on record so late in the season).