Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
349 AM EST Sat Mar 08 2014
Valid 12Z Sat Mar 08 2014 - 12Z Mon Mar 10 2014
...Unsettled weather will make a return to the Northwest...
...Showers and thunderstorms expected over South Texas...
After a brief break in precipitation...unsettled weather will make a
return to the Northwest this weekend as an upper ridge breaks down and a
cold front approaches the coast. A rich supply of Pacific moisture
streaming northward ahead of the boundary will fuel moderate to heavy
rains along the Washington and Oregon coasts on Saturday. The front will
push farther inland on Sunday and the best focus for precipitation will
shift southeastward across Northern California and the Northern Rockies.
Snow levels will be relatively high with this event...keeping any snow
accumulations confined to the higher peaks of the Cascades and Northern
Precipitation will continue to develop with a cold front dipping
southeastward through the Central and Eastern U.S. this weekend. A lack
of moisture with the northern portion of the boundary pushing from the
Ohio Valley and Lower Great Lakes to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states
will keep any rain and snow showers light. However...a bit more activity
is expected with the southern portion of the boundary dropping through the
Central and Southern Plains. Upper energy amplifying over the Four
Corners region...combined with upslope flow...will continue to force light
to moderate snows over the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies into
early Saturday morning. As the energy aloft and surface boundary slide a
bit eastward on Saturday...light snows should spread out across Kansas and
Oklahoma. Also...increasing amounts of moisture out of the western Gulf
should help ignite showers and thunderstorms along the front while it
drops through South Texas Saturday night into Sunday.
Graphics available at www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/basicwx/basicwx_wbg.php