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OEM Weather Update: Feb 28 -29, 2024

A powerful cold front will cross our region this evening with strong winds. Much colder air will then quickly overspread our region tonight and continue Thursday.

Hazardous Weather: Rounds of showers at times with possible isolated thunderstorms. Gusty southerly winds will quickly shift to west and northwest this evening. Locally heavy rain is possible. A brief period of stronger winds are possible early this evening with the cold front, especially if a narrow line of heavier showers and embedded thunderstorms occurs. The Wind Advisory was expanded and now includes all of our counties. (See attached map of the advisory and maximum wind gusts).

Locations affected: Our entire region.

Timing: Heaviest rain with possible isolated thunderstorms later this afternoon and evening. Strongest winds mainly this evening (about 5 to 10 PM), especially along and immediately behind the cold front.

Impacts: Winds could be strong enough to down some trees and power lines, resulting in localized power outages. Heavy rain could result in locally brief minor flooding.

Confidence of occurrence: High confidence (70-90%) in the overall evolution of the forecast, however confidence is somewhat lower (40-60%) regarding the extent and severity of the strongest winds and any thunderstorm development.

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