St. will be relatively drama-free. Patrick’s Day for most of the country when it comes to Friday’s weather.
Strong storms will hit the Gulf Coast states, parts of Michigan will get more than a foot of snow, and Californians will get a break from what has been a flurry of storms.
Storms moving in from the east will affect cities including New Orleans, Pensacola, Florida and the southwestern part of Georgia, said Bob Larson, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.
Meanwhile, a storm is affecting parts of the Midwest on Thursday over Michigan on Friday, with more than a foot of snow expected in the northern part of the state and rain in the south.
Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s weather:
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning perspective for parts of southeast Arkansas, northeast Louisiana, and most of Mississippi.
Isolated strong storms are possible, and tornadoes cannot be avoided, according to the outlook. Residents can also expect hail and damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph, Larson said.
The storm will move out of the region on Saturday, though rain is likely to continue, he said.
A winter storm was moving from Wisconsin and Minnesota into central and northern Michigan on Tuesday, with 6 to 12 inches of snow expected to fall in some areas.
On Saturday that storm will move into eastern Canada but it will produce a lot of wind behind it, creating gusts between 40 and 50 mph across Michigan and northern Ohio and Indiana, Larson said.
Residents can expect some localized tree damage and power outages as a result, he said.
A break for California, the Northeast
Meanwhile, California is coming off its 11th atmospheric river of the season, dumping so much rain and snow that the state ended water restrictions for nearly 7 million people.
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Although some rain and showers are expected in higher elevations in California on Friday, most of the state will have a few days to dry out before another atmospheric river arrives on Monday.
The Northeast is also getting a bit of a break, with the wind and cold easing Friday, though some light rain may fall overnight.