March Coming in Like a Lamb, A Few Storms Staying North

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March arrives like a lamb for most of the U.S., a few storm systems along the northern tier with rain, mixed precipitation, and potential freezing rain, with snow for the northern Great Lakes and Northeast. The 3-day forecast.

A gentle start to March for most of U.S. on Tuesday

Most of the U.S. will be storm-free on Tuesday, as the first day of March comes in like a lamb. Only a few storm systems will settle over the northern tier bringing rain and mixed precipitation to the Northwest, with potential freezing rain over Montana, the Dakotas, and Minnesota. Snow for the northern regions over North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan, and Northeast for portions of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Mixed precipitation over the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Ohio Valley.

The remainder of the U.S. is forecast to be storm-free, except rain along southern and eastern Florida coastline.

Warming trend

Much of the U.S. will see temperatures increase throughout the week, particularly for the southern latitudes.

Here are some of Tuesday’s forecast highs in the West, Central U.S., and South: Los Angeles 84; Phoenix 85; Las Vegas 79; Denver 66; Albuquerque 68; El Paso 75; Dallas 74; Houston 72; Oklahoma City 76; St. Louis 70; Kansas City 74 New Orleans 70; Memphis 69; Atlanta 66; Tampa 79; Miami 78; Charlotte 66.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for the Northwest, upper Midwest, and Northeast, including: Seattle 57; Billings 61; Minneapolis 35; Chicago 47; Detroit 49; Cincinnati 63; Washington, D.C. 59; New York City 48; Boston 38; Caribou 20.

NWS weather alerts

Here are the latest weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Tuesday.

Avalanche warning: northern Idaho; northwestern Montana.

Flood advisory/warning: western Washington.

Winter weather advisory: northeastern Montana; eastern Maine.

High wind warning: central and northwestern Montana; northwestern and southeastern Wyoming.

Look ahead: 2-day forecast

Here is a look ahead over the next two days according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Wednesday:

A mix of rain and mixed precipitation for the Northwest over northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, as well as the Dakotas into Iowa.

A potential ice storm over the eastern half of Montana into the Dakotas and Iowa.

Snow for parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, and the entirety of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Mixed precipitation for the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.

Rain for central and southern Florida.

Thursday:

Mixed precipitation and rain in the West over California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, and Montana, with isolated showers over Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Thunderstorms for parts of central and northern California.

Potential freezing rain over central and eastern Montana into North Dakota.

Snow for portions of Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Isolated snow showers over portions of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Rain over Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.