Ice threat concerning for interior areas
For those who are away from the shorelines, the name of the game Thursday will be thermometer and bulletin watching. This will need to be watched closely. Winter weather advisories have already been extended over western areas through mid-morning. This could go on longer than that. This is a classic cold air damming situation, and it may take until the afternoon, perhaps longer for northern areas, to get above freezing.
Watch for slick spots. Watch for ice accretion on stairs, walkways, tree branches, and vehicles.
Expect fog to work in as the temperature rises. Visibility will be reduced, and may happen quickly to those who are traveling.
Flying Trash Can Alert for the coast
The high wind watch has been changed to a wind advisory that stretches the entire coastline. Wind gusts 30-40+ mph are likely. There could be some spotty power outages. Also be aware for downdraft wind in any heavy shower (thunderstorm?) which could cause localized damage. Two hands on the steering wheel. Strong wind diminishes from west to east in the afternoon, but a stiff breeze will continue through Thursday night.
Much of the state will see roughly 1" of liquid from this event. Showers could be heavy at times as this system has tropical characteristics. An isolated thunderstorm is possible.
After the precipitation ends, expect areas of dense fog until the cold air returns and freezes all of this back up as we head into Friday morning.
This is a mess.
I apologize for the brief update, but family comes first.
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