As the East Coast begins to recover from storm Finn’s record-breaking precipitation and snowfall, the reprieve will be brief, as another storm approaches and threatens the majority of the United States.
As regions have already been burdened by inclement weather over the past few days, the approaching storm will traverse the nation. “Significant winter storms will track across the Lower 48 through this week,” according to a January 8 bulletin from the National Weather Service.
The Plains and Midwest are currently experiencing blizzard conditions, and the following states have been issued winter storm advisories and warnings: Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Ohio.
The storm, which the National Weather Service describes as a “strong surface cyclone,” was intensifying across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle regions on Jan. 8, the agency stated, noting that the system will deepen further as it reaches Missouri on Jan. 9, before “bottoming out in pressure across the Lower Great Lakes early Wednesday.”
Additionally, portions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and California were issued winter storm advisories. Wind advisories and high wind warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for the entirety of the southern and eastern states.
High snowfall rates are anticipated during a severe winter storm that may impact the Pacific Northwest, some western states, the Cascade, Olympic, and Rocky Mountain regions, according to the agency. In certain regions, snowfall of over one foot is conceivable, the report noted. “Well into Tuesday,” the storm is expected to continue affecting the northern Rocky Mountains, as reported by the agency.
“Very cold air is expected behind the front by Tuesday and eventually Wednesday as the cold front surges through the northern Rockies, by Wednesday temperatures will be 10–25 degrees below normal for large portions of the West including further south into California, Utah, Arizona,” the agency stated.
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In the southern United States, forecasters warn that the storm currently looming for the Midwest and Plains will clash with warmer air from the Gulf of Mexico, sparking the risk of thunderstorms and severe weather across the Gulf states. It means that there could be multiple tornadoes, especially along the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, according to AccuWeather.
“A piece of robust energy will bring disruptive thunderstorms that can produce damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes to the Gulf Coast states. An inflow of moisture along the Gulf of Mexico from eastern Texas and southern Louisiana will aid in the development of thunderstorms across the region,” AccuWeather forecaster Alexander Duffus said in a recent report.
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He noted that the system will “bring the potential for damaging winds, hail, and a strong tornado overnight in areas like New Orleans, Louisiana.”
“It is vital that people in southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have methods to receive warnings on Monday night into Tuesday morning when storms are projected to ramp up,” Mr. Duffus said. CONTINUE READING…