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Clouds Will Impact View Of The Eclipse

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Best Locations For Clear Skies On April 8.

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AccuWeather expert meteorologists say clouds will impact the opportunity to witness the total solar eclipse in almost every metro area along the path of totality in the United States.

“Most places in the vicinity of the path of totality will have to deal with some level of clouds, whether high or low clouds,” explained AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok. “Clouds can break for some sunshine, just in time for the afternoon viewing from Chicago to Cleveland. A narrow region of good viewing is expected to open up for cities like Kansas City, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.”

Pastelok says families in some cities outside of the path of totality will have fewer clouds to contend with to witness a partial eclipse.


Best Locations For Clear Skies On April 8

“The best locations for viewing are expected to be across the Southwest, out of the mountains, California, again out of the mountains, in New England, parts of the mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast,” said Pastelok. “Cities like Los Angeles, El Paso, New York City, Boston, and Raleigh should all have nice views of the partial eclipse from start to finish.”

Wind, Storms & Snow Could Impact Travel Before The Eclipse

AccuWeather expert meteorologists are concerned about the threat of storms impacting campers and people traveling to the path of totality in the days leading up to the eclipse, and after the event when families are returning home.

“A severe thunderstorm threat looks likely from April 6 through the morning of April 7 from the western Plains to the Midwest, but less potential of making it to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. The biggest threat will be large hail and strong, damaging wind gusts. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out,” said Pastelok.  “Large hail can damage vehicles, bring down tents, and cause injuries. Areas around Kansas City and Omaha could be impacted by these storms.”



  • Families traveling from states west of the path of totality to see the eclipse need to be prepared for challenging driving conditions.
  • People driving from the Rockies to watch the eclipse in the path of totality could encounter wintry conditions and slick roads.

Severe Weather Threat After The Eclipse

People traveling on Monday afternoon, immediately after the eclipse, need to be prepared for the threat of dangerous weather conditions.

“The risk for tornadoes elevates for parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas,” explained Pastelok. “Roadways can also be flooded from heavier and slower moving storms.”

With tens of thousands of people camping or staying in state or national parks during the eclipse, AccuWeather Senior Director of Forecasting Operations Dan DePodwin says families need to take time to prepare an action plan for severe weather before setting up camp.

  • AccuWeather expert meteorologists say it’s important to have multiple ways to receive severe weather alerts, including the AccuWeather App.With millions of cars and trucks expected on the road before, and after the eclipse, DePodwin says it’s important to check the forecast before getting behind the wheel.

    “Consider leaving early or delaying your travel plans to avoid driving through severe storms. Navigating unfamiliar roads while dealing with downpours, lightning, low visibility, and possible flooding can be incredibly dangerous, especially if there’s more traffic on the roads,” DePodwin said.

  • AccuWeather meteorologists are available 24/7 to provide further insights and updates on evolving weather conditions.

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