Weird Weather Weekend: Winter Storms, Record Warmth & Hawaii Blizzard?


Beginning on Friday, winter weather across the northern tier of the US ramping up into ice storms and heavy snow over the weekend, while record warmth in many areas, and is there really a blizzard warning for Hawaii?

Winter weather, heavy snow, ice storms across northern tier next 3 days

Friday through Sunday, winter weather will span the northern tier of the US, bringing heavy snow and possible ice storms to some areas, according to the 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Friday: Snow will span from Washington to the Dakotas. Mix precipitation around the Great Lakes, with snow around northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York.

Saturday: Snow over Washington and northern Idaho, with potentially heavy snow for northern Idaho and northwestern Montana. Potential ice storm from northern Montana into North Dakota.

Heavy snow over northern North Dakota, northern South Dakota, central and northern Minnesota, central and northern Wisconsin, northern Michigan, northeastern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and most of Maine.

Sunday: Snow over central and northern Washington; east-central and northeastern Oregon; central and northern Idaho; western, central and south-central and Eastern Montana; most of Wyoming; North Dakota; Northeastern South Dakota; central and northern Minnesota, heavy in the north; central and northern Wisconsin, heavy in the north; heavy snow northern Michigan; northern Maine.

Mixed precipitation will span from the upper Midwest into the Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Potential ice storms over parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Record warmth in many areas, weekend thunderstorms

Friday will see widespread warmth across the nation except Michigan and the Northeast. Records could be broken. Temperatures will run 10-20 degrees above average in the Northwest and upper Midwest. In the South-Central US and parts of the South, temperatures could range some 20-25 degrees above average.

Weekend thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are forecast in the South beginning on Saturday, and expanding into parts of the Midwest, mid-South, and Ohio Valley on Sunday.

Saturday: Thunderstorms over Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Sparta showers for Kansas and Missouri.

Sunday: Thunderstorms over eastern Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, central and northern Alabama, Tennessee, northern Georgia, Western South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, southeastern Iowa, Illinois, southern Indiana, and western West Virginia.

A blizzard warning in Hawaii?

Did the National Weather Service really issue a blizzard warning for Hawaii, or was it a glitch?

There is no mistake, the NWS has issued a blizzard warning for the high peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii, WoodTV reported. Snowfall could reach 12 inches or more above 13,000 feet, accompanied by winds of up to 100 mph. With winds of that strength, wet, heavy snow could drift significantly. On the mountaintops, there will be periods of zero visibility.

There are also gale warnings all around the entire island chain and a flash flood watch for all islands except Kauai and Niihau. High surf with waves up to 14 feet is possible.