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Dangerous Winter Storm over the Northern Plains, Heavy Lake Effect Snow Likely for Western New York

Blizzard conditions are expected to persist over portions of the northern Plains through midday Wednesday. Strong winds and very cold temperatures will also yield sub-zero wind chill readings and blowing snow. Further east, Lake Effect Snow Warnings are in effect for portions of western New York. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 3 feet are possible late week into the weekend. Read More >

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Last Map Update: Wed, Dec. 7, 2016 at 6:31:08 am CST

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A Gale Watch is in effect for the Gulf of Mexico Baffin Bay to Matagorda Ship Channel out to 60 NM from late Wednesday night through Thursday evening. North winds behind an arctic front Wednesday night will increase to 25 to 30 knots, with frequent gusts around 45 knots through Thursday evening. Small Craft Advisory conditions will be in effect for the Bays and Waterways, and Small Craft Advisory conditions will follow the gale conditions for the remainder of Thursday night and for Friday.
After a mainly clear start, clouds will increase and a weak cold front will move through the area overnight. Winds will be light and mainly from the north after midnight, with lows from the mid 40s north to the lower 50s closer to the coast.
Expect much colder temperatures with rain lingering over the southern portions of South Texas on Thursday, with highs in the 50s. Temperatures on Friday are not expected to reach 50 degrees in most areas, after morning lows in the 30s (and a possible light freeze over some northern areas). A brief warming trend will ensue this weekend with patchy light rain or showers. Another front will move through late Sunday, bringing cooler temperatures and dry conditions on Monday.

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