New Storm System Moving Across Country

cars and trucks on the highway in a snowstorm

This week has brought not only destruction, but multiple deaths after severe storms swept through the South. At least eleven people are confirmed dead across multiple states, including the latest discovery of an elderly couple.

A new storm system is moving across the country today, starting in the West then moving onto the Northeast through the weekend. How deadly will it be?

More Snow, Ice, and Rain

The new system will dump more rain and snow in the West. As it moves through the central and eastern United States later this week, snow, ice and rain will develop. The jet stream energy will fuel the storm on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to a new storm system that will move across the Plains, Midwest, and East Coast later in the week through the weekend.

By the weekend, much of the storm will be limited to the Great Lakes and areas and in the Eastern US. Depending on the storm pressure, snow and/or ice accumulations for surrounding areas could change.

Snowfall Accumulation

As we move into Thursday, the panhandle areas of Texas and Oklahoma into Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, southwest Minnesota and eastern Dakotas will see snow and ice developing. As the storm moves across the country, people on either side of Interstate 70 from Kansas to Ohio could see snow, sleet, or freezing rain depending on temperatures.

Moderate accumulation is expected from the upper Mississippi Valley into parts of the Great Lakes and interior Northeast. The largest snowfall isn’t expected to hit until Sunday due to strong winds which are expected to create heavy lake-effect snowfall around the Great Lakes area.

Portions of the interior Northeast and New England could see heavier snowfall accumulating on Saturday before changing over to rain creating a winter mess for the roadways.

Folks near the Interstate 95 corridor of the Northeast could see some accumulation before the area transitions into rainfall. Winds will power the low-pressure system fueling it up for the larger storms in the Great Lakes and southern Canada.

These winds could produce lakeshore flooding in the already swollen Great Lakes. This will only complicate the aftermath the storm is expected to leave behind as it moves out late Sunday into Monday.

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Kristy Shaver
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Written by Kristy Shaver