Old Man Winter Takes a Break, But More Wintry Weather on the Way


Old man winter will give most of the country a break for a few days, with much of the nation storm-free, but another system will move in along the northern tier bringing mixed precipitation and snow—the 3-day forecast.

Weather briefs: Headlines in Weather for Tuesday

Here are some of the stories making headlines in the weather for Tuesday.

Fire departments urge residents to clear snow from hydrants

In towns across America where significant snow is piling up, fire departments nationwide are asking for the public’s help in digging out neighborhood fire departments, even if it’s not your yard. Firefighters want to avoid losing critical time needing to dig out hydrants when they arrive to extinguish blazes. Firefighters say that many fire hydrants are almost completely buried by snow at this time of year, WKYC reports.

Southern California issues rare winter heat advisory

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service issued a rare “unseasonably hot weather” alert for the Orange County, Los Angeles County, and Inland Empire areas of Southern California. Highs are expected to reach 86-91F. The NWS warned that visitors from cold-weather states not acclimated to the heat might be at higher risk for heat-related illness. The warning advised avoiding strenuous outdoor activities, drinking plenty of water, and looking before you lock.

NWS weather alerts for Tuesday

Here are the latest alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Tuesday:

Winter weather advisory: New Hampshire and Maine.

Freezing fog advisory: Northwestern North Carolina; south-central and central Virginia.

High wind warning for portions of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota.

Red flag warning for portions of: South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.

Excessive heat watch: Southern California for Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

3-day forecast

Here is the latest 3-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).


Most of the nation will be free of any significant weather systems. The northern tier will see spotty snow showers for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and New York.

Mixed precipitation over portions of Washington, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Rain for most of Florida, the tip of southeastern Georgia, and the East Coast of Massachusetts.


The majority of the nation will be clear of major weather systems. However, areas of mixed precipitation increase over a significant portion of the northern Rockies, Midwest, around the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley in mid-Atlantic.

Spotty snow showers for portions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Vermont.

Rain for southern Florida.


Snow and mixed precipitation will increase over the northern tier, while the majority of the southern tier will remain clear with only a bit of rain for the southeastern Florida coast.

Spotty snow showers over portions of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. More significant snow over portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maine.

Mixed precipitation over portions of Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.