In another classic example of October weather being unpredictable and extreme, the US is facing twin storm systems from the north and south this week. In the north, two massive Arctic cold fronts threaten to push snow as far south as the Texas Panhandle. The cold fronts are expected to bring record-setting cold to the Rockies and Northern Plains throughout the weekend.
Meanwhile, over the Caribbean, a tropical disturbance threatens to bring rainfall to Florida. This is even as Hurricane Epsilon, the twenty-sixth hurricane of the 2020 season, aims to brush Bermuda.
Thankfully for the island, the center of the storm seems likely to miss to the east, while the storm is then likely to head farther out into the ocean.
Arctic Cold Front
In the north, a pair of Arctic cold fronts are set to collide over Canada before plunging south into the US. The southward dip of the storm system is forecast to be so intense that it is likely to bring snow as far south as the Panhandle of Texas by early next week. The first wave of the snowfall is set to arrive late this week in the Rockies before pushing east.
The second wave of this system will likely be in the US by Saturday, where it will hang over the Rockies and the Northern Plains. This second wave is forecast to be much more intense than the first, and could bring up to five inches of snow to parts of the Rockies and Northern Plains.
Hurricane Epsilon May Clip Bermuda
Epsilon, which formed in earned over the last week, had a well-defined eye on Wednesday. By Thursday, however, the storm had lost much of its steam and its eye was looking far less defined. This, combined with crosswinds that are helping slow the storm, has brought it to an incredibly sluggish pace. This means that Bermuda could be in store for tropical storm conditions for an extended period of time.
Thankfully for the island, Bermuda is quite accustomed to storm conditions like this. Meteorologists have described it as more of a “nuisance storm” than a real threat. While there might be high wind speeds and heavy rainfall, it’s nothing that the region isn’t already used to seeing during hurricane season.
Even as Epsilon churns out over the Atlantic, another disturbance threatens to bring rainfall for Florida. The disturbance over the Western Caribbean has a small chance of developing into a tropical depression, but is all but certain to bring rainfall to Southern Florida and many Western Caribbean islands.