Storm to Bring Blizzard, Severe Weather to Central U.S.

While tranquil weather is expected across much of the eastern United States for the next few days, a large storm is expected to bring multiple types of inclement weather to much of the central U.S at the same time. On the cold side of the system, heavy snow and very strong winds are in the forecast. As such, the National Weather Service has issued Blizzard Warnings for portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Up to 20 inches of snow is expected in some places along with wind gusts that may reach hurricane force.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

The threat of severe weather will exist on the warm side of the system. The Storm Prediction Center has put portions of southwestern Texas and southeastern New Mexico under an Enhanced Risk of severe thunderstorms for Tuesday. According to the SPC, the greatest threats with these storms will be damaging winds, a few tornadoes, and isolated strong hail. The threat of severe weather is then expected to move eastward towards the Mississippi River Valley over the next two days.

Multiple Rounds of Snow Blast Northeastern U.S.

While much of the winter of 2018-19 was nearly snowless in the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, snow returned to the region with a vengeance over the past week. The first system struck last Thursday, dumping 3 to 6 inches of snow across portions of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including the cities of Providence, RI, Worcester, MA, and Boston, MA. One day later, another system laid a blanket of snow across the Mid-Atlantic states, including 3 inches in Philadelphia, PA, and 4 inches in Ocean City, NJ.

But Mother Nature was not finished yet. Less than 24 hours later, a coastal storm dumped snow across both the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England. Four inches of snow fell at Central Park in New York City by Saturday morning and up to 6 inches fell across the North Shore of Long Island, and the south coast of New England.

The biggest storm, though, was the last one, which occurred Sunday into Monday. This storm produced a swath of greater than 10 inches of snow stretching from the Lower Hudson Valley of New York State to the coast of northeastern Massachusetts. The highest reported totals were 16.5 inches in both Pomfret, CT and Burrillville, RI.

Source: Danbury News Times

Source: Danbury News Times

Deadly Tornadoes Ravage Parts of Southeast U.S.

Though the calendar still reads winter, deadly severe weather battered much of the southeastern U.S. last weekend. Dozens of tornadoes struck parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Lee County, Alabama was the hardest hit, as two EF4 tornadoes ravaged the county on Sunday. One of which was one mile wide and traveled for 23 miles before dissipating. Tragically, 23 people lost their lives in the tornado. This made this outbreak the deadliest in the United States since May 2013.

Source: Al.com

Source: Al.com

While severe weather is not expected in the southeastern U.S. over the next few days, unfortunately, there is the potential for more violent weather in the area this weekend. Details on this next threat remain uncertain at this time.

Rare Wintry Precipitation Strikes Lower Elevations in Los Angeles Area

The taller mountains in southern California receive multiple snowfalls every winter. But the populated lower elevations, including places such as Hollywood, Pasadena, and Malibu, almost never receive snow. But flakes flew in those places last Thursday, with some sleet and grapuel also reported. No accumulations were reported in the lowest elevations, but Interstate 5 was closed through the Grapevine region after an inch of snow fell there. The snow fell in the midst of what is likely going to be the coldest February in Los Angeles since 1962. However, the last time measurable snow fell in downtown Los Angeles was in 1949.

Source: NBC News

Source: NBC News

The blast of unusual winter weather is not expected to return to Southern California anytime soon. High temperatures are expected to be in the 60s near Los Angeles this week with multiple chances of rain.