Hurricane Warnings are in effect for a good portion of the east coast of Florida in anticipation of Nicole, which is expected to approach within the hurricane warning area Wednesday night with dangerous storm surge, hurricane conditions and heavy rain with flooding. Meanwhile, a powerful system will impact the Upper Midwest on Thursday with snow, blizzard conditions, winds, rain and severe storms.
Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 12 AM CST Friday morning
- Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations between 10 and 15 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.
- Impacts: Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility.
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 12 AM CST Friday morning
- Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 5 and 10 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
- Impacts: Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6 PM CST this evening
- Light freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations around a light glaze.
- Impacts: Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Widespread blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. Walking surfaces could become very slippery this morning.
High Wind Warning remains in effect until 7 PM CST this evening
- South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.
- Impacts: Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Blowing dust will be possible which would reduce visibilities and add to travel impacts especially in open areas.
Wind Advisory remains in effect until 7 PM CST this evening
- South winds 30 to 39 mph with gusts up to 55 mph expected.
- Impacts: Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Storm Surge & Hurricane Warning remains in effect until Thursday Afternoon
- Wind: 55-70 mph with gusts to 90 mph
- Impacts: Life-threating winds, travel is dangerous and difficult. Potential for wind 74to 110 mph.
- Storm Surge: Life-threatening storm surge possible. The potential for 3-5 feet
above ground somewhere within surge prone areas.
- Impacts: Unfolding at moment. Flooding from storm surge will cause some roadways to become impassable.
- Flooding rain: Additional 3-6 inches, with locally higher amounts.
- Impacts: Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge