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Valentine's Day forecast: 2 storms to eye central US; Travel hazards to linger in wake of New England blizzard

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While there will be few weather-related concerns for Valentine's Day across the United States, two storms may cause travel problems over central areas.

Impacts will linger from a New England blizzard and recent onslaught of storms in the western U.S.

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Storm to pack a punch over South-Central states

A storm packing snow, ice, drenching rain and gusty thunderstorms will impact areas from the southern Rockies to part of the lower Mississippi Valley on Valentine's Day.

The bulk of the snow will diminish in central New Mexico by Tuesday. However, a zone of snow and ice will affect part of eastern New Mexico, northwestern Texas and western Oklahoma with slippery travel.

Farther to the south and east, areas of drenching rain will spread wet travel from central Texas and Oklahoma to part of southern Missouri, western Tennessee and western Alabama.

People heading out on Valentine's Day in Dallas; Houston; Oklahoma City; New Orleans; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi; may want to bring an umbrella and wear waterproof shoes.

In addition to downpours slowing some motorists down, there is the potential for gusty thunderstorms developing from the Texas coast to southern Louisiana into the evening hours. A couple of the storms could become locally severe with damaging winds and flash flooding.

Storm to kick up wind, flurries and squalls over Upper Midwest

A moisture-deprived storm will be potent enough to stir up gusty winds and produce flurries with locally heavy snow squalls around the Great Lakes region into Tuesday night.

The greatest chance of persistent snow squalls that could make for slippery travel will be over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the western shores of Lake Michigan, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and part of western New York state.

Icy spots, hazards to linger in northern New England in wake of blizzard

While a blizzard and high winds will be long gone from New England on Tuesday, getting around may be a challenge through Tuesday across parts of Massachusetts to Maine.

Massive piles of snow will remain at intersections, where snow was plowed from Monday's storm.

Patches of ice may develop Tuesday evening, following natural melting on Tuesday afternoon.

A candlelight dinner at home or a short walk to a local restaurant might be the best option for a romantic evening in the hardest-hit areas.

The majority of roads to the mountains will be open and the weather on Tuesday will offer outstanding skiing conditions ahead of another storm that could threaten New England with heavy snow at midweek.

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The onslaught of snowstorms have left a tremendous amount of powder on the ski slopes in New England. This image was taken at Stowe Mountain ski resort in Vermont on Feb. 12, 2017. (Ski Vermont)


Quiet weather to grip much of nation on Valentine's Day

Aside from some valley and basin fog and poor air quality over the interior West, weather conditions over the balance of the nation will be favorable for traveling to local or long-distance destinations during the day and the evening hours on Valentine's Day.

The area from California to Oregon and Washington will continue with a break between storms as people and officials continue to monitor the dangerous situation at Oroville Dam in Northern California.