...Rain and potential for thunderstorms across the western U.S over the next few days....
...Thunderstorms, potentially strong-to-severe, across western portions of the Southern and Central Plains on Thursday...
Coastal and valley rain will begin to taper off over portions of the Pacific Northwest/California this afternoon as a cold weakens upon moving inland. However... another disturbance entering the West/Southwest U.S. will a round of widespread precipitation to much of the western U.S. over the next few days. Some of the highest terrain could see some snow mix in with the rain, while scattered thunderstorms will be possible. Several inches of snow will be possible for the higher peaks from the Great Basin to the Central/Northern Rockies by this weekend. Snow is also expected to continue for portions of the northern Cascades during this time.
Across the southern tier states a frontal boundary will slowly sage toward the gulf of Mexico over the next few days. The convergence of warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and colder air pushing southward from Canada, will be enough to spawn showers and thunderstorms, potentially strong, along and just north of this frontal boundary. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted an area spanning from the Texas Panhandle to the southwest corner of Nebraska as having a slight risk for severe thunderstorm development on Thursday. Additional information on the threat for severe weather can be found on the Storm Prediction Center website (www.spc.ncep.noaa.gov).
Snow is forecast to stick around portions of Maine over the next couple of days as a low pressure system lifts north and east toward the Canadian Maritimes. Cool and mainly dry conditions are expected for much of the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Ohio Valley region with a broad area of high pressure in place.
A cold front will move through the area later tonight, increasing the chances for widespread showers and thunderstorms. A few of the thunderstorms could be severe. Cooler air will return behind the front to end the work week before another frontal system approaches the area next weekend.
Weather Almanac for March 22nd (1872-2016)
Record weather events for this date in Macon County
Highest Temperature 80°F in Highlands in 1935
Lowest Temperature 10°F in Franklin in 1965
Greatest Rainfall 3.49 inches in Highlands in 19552
Greatest Snowfall 6.0 inches in Franklin in 1872
THREE DAY OUTLOOK
Patchy dense fog in the morning. Partly sunny with decreasing clouds. Highs near the upper 50s to lower 60s and winds out of the north and northwest 5 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy with lows near the upper 30s and north winds calming before midnight. Slight chance of rain after midnight.
Partly sunny with highs near the lower 50s. Calm winds in the morning, then from the east southeast in the afternoon.
Mostly cloudy with lows near the mid to upper 30s and light winds out of the southeast.
Partly sunny with highs near 60.
Mostly cloudy with near the mid to upper 40s.
Hazardous weather is not expected today.
As always, you can check to see what advisories, watches and warnings are in effect for Macon County by visiting http://is.gd/MACONWARN
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Published at 3:49 am on March 22, 2017
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