The last total lunar eclipse for three years occurs on Tuesday, Subtropical Storm Nicole prompts hurricane warnings and watches for East Coast, Winter storm warnings in the West, plus today’s weather alerts and forecast.
Today’s NWS weather alerts
Winter storm warnings, flash flood watches in the West, windy conditions and red flag alerts in the central US, tropical storm warnings and watches. Here are Monday’s weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS)
Winter storm warning for portions of: Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and California.
Winter weather advisory for portions of: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Nevada.
High wind warning and advisories for portions of: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Flash flood watch: Southern California.
Red flag alert: southern South Dakota, northeastern Nebraska.
Hurricane watch: Eastern Florida coast.
Tropical storm warning: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Tropical storm watch: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina.
Storm surge watch: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia.
The last “blood moon” total lunar eclipse for three years occurs on Tuesday
On Tuesday, the last total lunar eclipse for another three years will occur, which will cause the moon to appear red, which has given such events the nickname of a “blood moon,” NPR reported. The initial phase of the eclipse will initiate at 3:02 AM ET. A partial eclipse will be visible to the naked eye starting at 4:09 AM ET, appearing as if a bite was being taken out of the moon. The total eclipse will manifest at 5:17 AM ET and will last for approximately one and 1/2 hours, according to NASA. Viewers in North America will see the eclipse in its totality, while those in Alaska and Hawaii will also be able to view all stages of the eclipse.
Subtropical Storm Nicole prompts hurricane watches for East Coast
Several hurricanes, tropical storms, storm surge warnings, and watches along the East Coast (see above), as Nicole became the 14th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season on Monday morning. Nicole had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
The Weather Channel reported that the storm is centered several hundred miles east of the Bahamas. Nicole is currently a subtropical storm but could strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane as it nears the northwest Bahamas. Nicole could bring flooding along Florida’s eastern coastline from Miami to Melbourne as early as Wednesday and make landfall on Thursday as a tropical storm.
Today’s forecast and 2-day Outlook
Here are Monday’s weather conditions for the Lower 48 and a look ahead at the next two days according to the forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Monday: Snow for several states in the west and central US, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, California, Nevada, and Utah. Heavy snow over parts of Montana, Wyoming and California.
Thunderstorms over the central US and portions of the South, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, as well as eastern and southern Florida.
Rain over Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Atlanta.
Tuesday: Snowy conditions continue in the West, with potential flooding in Southern California. Thunderstorms for the central US and Great Lakes region, as well as over Eastern Florida.
Wednesday: Snowy conditions continue over a large portion of the West. Thunderstorms in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Tropical storm Nicole could bring thunderstorms across Florida and potential flooding along the state’s eastern coastline.