Today Has It All: Strong Winds, Blizzards, Snow, Flooding and Severe Storms

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An arctic front driven by strong winds, up to 65 mph in some areas, with heavy snow, brings blizzard conditions to the Midwest, heavy rain in the East prompts flood warnings, thunderstorms, and severe weather in the South.

Winter weather alerts: Blizzard conditions for upper Midwest

Wednesday will bring a number of winter weather alerts across the US, particularly for the upper Midwest which will see blizzard conditions.

Here are the latest winter weather alerts by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Blizzard warning: eastern North Dakota; western, west-central and southern Minnesota; eastern South Dakota; northeastern Nebraska; northwestern Iowa.

Winter storm warning: northern, north-central and eastern Minnesota; northwestern Wisconsin; west central South Dakota; southeastern Nebraska; southwestern Iowa

Winter weather advisory: northeastern North Dakota; northwestern Wisconsin; central Iowa; south-central Wyoming; northern and north-central Colorado; northwestern and western Michigan.

Flood warnings for mid-Atlantic, Northeast

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a combination of flood watches, flash flood watches, and Lakeshore flood warnings for parts of the mid-Atlantic in the Northeast on Wednesday.

The affected areas include: northern Virginia; eastern West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Delaware; central Maryland; northwestern New Jersey; central, eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania; south-central and eastern New York; western New England areas; southern Vermont.

Wind alerts and red flag alerts across the US

It’s going to be a windy day for much of the nation on Wednesday. Extremely windy conditions are forecast for the Midwest, as well as strong winds in parts of the Ohio Valley, South, Northeast, Southwest, and Southern California. Here are the latest wind and fire danger alerts across the US by the National Weather Service (NWS).

High wind warning: North Dakota; South Dakota; Nebraska; Kansas; southern and western Wyoming; western Colorado.

High wind watch: northern Maine; eastern Massachusetts; eastern Connecticut; Rhode Island; eastern New Jersey; New York City and surrounding areas

Wind advisory: Iowa; Illinois; western Indiana; Missouri; northwestern and southwestern Arkansas; southwest Louisiana; southeastern Nebraska; eastern Kansas; Oklahoma; northeastern, southeastern and eastern Texas; southern Nevada; southeastern California and deserts; northwestern Arizona; northern, northeastern and central New Mexico

Red flag warning: central and southwestern Kansas; southern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas.

Thunderstorms and severe weather for the South, rain in the East

The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast thunderstorms over the South spanning through eastern Texas into Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Western Georgia and Florida. Rain is also forecast for southeastern Florida.

Along the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Mississippi, the NWS has issued a warning over potential severe weather and strong thunderstorms.

In the East, rain is forecast throughout the southeast from northern Georgia and South Carolina into the mid-South, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.

Today’s US forecast: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

West: San Francisco 57, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 73, mostly cloudy; Reno 40, sunny; Las Vegas 55, sunny; Salt Lake City 30, snow; Denver 31, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 43, partly cloudy; Medford 49, partly cloudy; Boise 36, mostly sunny; Cut Bank 32, windy; Billings 37, sunny; Minot 12, windy; Rapid City 28, snow.

Southwest: Phoenix 68, partly cloudy; Albuquerque 37, windy; El Paso 62, sunny; San Antonio 76, partly cloudy; Brownsville 85, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 51, windy; Dallas 68, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 54, windy; Kansas City 58, windy; Minneapolis 44, rain.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 54, rain; St. Louis 59, rain; Detroit 47, cloudy; Cincinnati 57, mostly cloudy.

South: Houston 76, thunderstorms; New Orleans 70, cloudy; Memphis 59, rain; Atlanta 60, mostly cloudy; Charlotte 57, mostly cloudy; Jacksonville 72, sunny; Tampa 76, sunny; Miami 78, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 54, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 50, partly cloudy; Buffalo 46, cloudy; New York City 44, partly cloudy; Boston 36, mostly sunny; Caribou 18, mostly sunny.