Sunday, March 24, 2013

Major Storm Continues Slow March East

A spring storm that already has dumped more than 12 inches of snow on eastern Colorado and another 4 to 8 inches in eastern Kansas and western Missouri will continue to affect the central and eastern portions of the country through Monday.

48-hour snow accumulation ending the morning of March 24.           

Surface weather map at 10:00 a.m. CDT March 24
As of mid-morning the center of the sprawling low pressure system was located over the lower Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.  Snow was falling from Missouri east through Illinois and north into Iowa. The system is being fed by an ample supply of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and that combined with the strong upper level system is producing heavy snow from eastern Missouri through central Illinois. CoCoRaHS observers have reported snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour.  There is a possibility for thundersnow in the southern portion of the heavy snow band.

Snow accumulations will be heavy with this storm. There is a high probability of 4 inches or more from central Missouri to western Virginia, and a good chance of 8 inches or more within this band.from eastern Missouri into southern Indiana, as well as in the mountains in western Virginia.  As of  1:45 pm CDT today 6 to 8 inches has already accumulated in west-central and central Illinois with heavy snow still falling.

24-hour probability of 4 inches or more of snow (left) and 8 inches or more of snow (right)

Winter storm warnings are in effect from Missouri eastward into Pennsylvania and eastern West Virgina.
Watches, warnings, and advisories as of 2:00 p.m. CDT March 24

Cooler, drier air plunging south in the wake of this system has raised the fire danger in southern Texas and red flag warnings are in effect today, Freeze warnings are in effect for northeastern Texas and northwestern Louisiana tonight.

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