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Afternoon Discussion – 03/20/2024

WPC National Forecast Chart vaild for Wed Mar 20, 2024

Afternoon Cardinals! Taking a national look for this afternoon, we have a low pressure system over the Northeast and New England states, bringing snow and lake effect snow showers. There has been winter related and wind watches/warnings issues by the NWS since 8Z today. Also, with the cold and dry air from the trough that is located by the Mid-Atlantic states, Red Flag warnings have been issued, especially throughout much of Virginia. In the Southern Plains, the low pressure area and trough bring possible heavy rain and thunderstorms that, as of now, have only been considered Marginal. For the West Coast, there is light rain that is supposed to become more inland as the day goes on. With the trough that is over Washington and Oregon, there should be heavy snow through the Cascade Range.

NOAA 300 mb chart for March 20, 2024 at 12Z

For the regional Midwest, conditions have been clear, but cold air from the North continue to keep temperature on the chiller side. Especially when looking at the 300 mb chart, the Midwest and some of the Northern Plains are within a jet streak with winds being close to 125 knots. This has NWS issuing a Special Weather Statement in ND, MN, IN, OH, and KY.

NWS Public Alerts for Indiana created on 03/20/2024 at 15:12 UTC

For Muncie, as generally explained in the precious paragraph, it has been Sunny but very windy because of the jet streak. Temperatures will continue to rise just a bit to mid-40s, but It is advised to continue wearing warm clothing since it may feel colder than what is shown on your phones.

Have a great day!

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