HAPPY NEW YEAR again!, everyone.
Very little change to what was in yesterday’s forecast. A broad trof of low pressure is noted on satellite imagery with frontal overlays posted. This will come NE over the northern portions of the FL. Peninsula during the next 12 -14 hours, and covering portions of AL/MS. By late Friday morning, 01/02/14, this trof begins to develop a surface low off the NC coast, as a low from the TN Valley region moves east, transferring energy to this low. The low begins to deepen with one center over the Atlantic, offshore of the DELMARVA area just after midnight on Friday (approx. 1:00 a.m.) morning.
As this low intensifies late in the period, winds east and SE of the center are forecast to run around 50-60 mph in some portions. On the back side, snow and wintry precipitation is forecast for mainly the NE and New England states. Based on forecast wind velocities, I cannot rule out blizzard conditions for portions of New England and the NE, especially closer toward the coastal areas. On average, sustained winds at and close to the coast should range between 30-40 mph, with some areas 45 to possibly 50 mph.
Based on forecast sea heights, and high winds, some coastal flooding may occur on north facing beaches, with some possible beach erosion. Residents around and near the Cape Cod area should be prepared for these conditions by Friday morning. Boaters should remain in port until this system has passed, and residents are urged to remain away from the beach, due to high surf conditions.
Still looking at freezing minimum temperatures plunging pretty far south late next week.
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Have a blessed day!
T. F. “STORM” WALSH III
GMCS, USCG (ret)
METEOROLOGIST / HURRICANE SPECIALIST
MEMBER WEST CENTRAL FL AMS
CERTIFIED SKYWARN OFFICIAL STORM SPOTTER (advanced)