Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, February 08, 2013.
Two weather systems will continue merging over the East Coast on Friday as a low pressure system over the Great Lakes moves into the Northeast and another system moves northward up the coast. This will pull abundant moisture onshore, while the system to the north will keep the region cool. This will create heavy snow showers from New York through Maine. Snowfall totals will range from 5 to 10 inches, with snowfall rates up to 1 inch per hour through Saturday evening. Expect snow to turn to freezing rain and rain showers along the southern side of these systems across the Tennessee Valley and moving through the Appalachians. Strong winds with gusts from 60 to 70 mph will accompany this system, thus, Hurricane Force Wind Advisories have been issued for the coastal areas of the Northeast. These strong winds will also create blizzard conditions across the Northeast with poor visibility and white out conditions. Please take caution when traveling. Storm totals through the weekend will range from 12 to 18 inches in parts of upstate New York, with 2 to 3 feet possible from Connecticut to Maine.
Out West, a low pressure system continues sliding southward down the West Coast and pushes a cold front into the Great Basin. This will continue triggering scattered rain and high elevation snow showers for California through Utah.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -18 degrees at Mt. Washington, N.H. to a high of 84 degrees at Plant City, Fla.