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Early viewing forecast for April 8 Total Solar Eclipse

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Brian Sevald
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The solar eclipse as seen from Carbondale, Il on August 21st 2017.

Millions of Americans are planning road trips and outdoor events to witness the astronomy event of the decade.

AccuWeather's expert meteorologist and long-range forecasters have issued an early viewing forecast along the path of totality, stretching across the United States from Texas to Maine.

AccuWeather Led Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok says the best locations for favorable weather during the total solar eclipse may be in Southern Texas, areas of the Ohio Valley, and the Great Lakes region. The odds of cloudy weather are a little higher in the Mississippi Vally and the Tennessee Valley.

At this time it appears that the Northeast faces the highest chance of clouds blocking the view of the total eclipse.

One other thing is to consider packing a jacket or sweater for April 8. Temperatures can briefly drop by several degrees when the moon blocks the sun's rays along the path of totality.

For more information and for the latest forecast and updates check AccuWeather Solar Eclipse.

Brandon Jones is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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