US Weather Forecast: Biggest snowstorm in two years to battle Midweast and Northeast
PHOTO: Truck drivers pull over on the west bound I-80 just outside of Reno, Nev., to install chains on their trucks on Jan. 28, 2021. A storm brought rains to California on Thursday as blizzard conditions buried the Sierra Nevada in snow. Photo: AP.
More than 15 inches of rain fell in California this week following the fires. This caused flooding, mudslides, rescues, and evacuations.
In the Sierra Nevada Mountains, up to 7 feet of snow fell, shutting down roads, stalling travelers, and burying entire towns.
And for the next few days, the precipitation will continue.
Truck drivers pull over on the westbound I-80 just outside of Reno, Nev., to install chains on their...Read More
This weekend, a storm system will move east through the Rocky Mountains and into the Midwest and East Coast.
This same storm will move east this weekend and will bring heavy snow for the Midwest and the East Coast.
On Friday morning, six western states are on alert for flooding, snow, and avalanches. The heaviest rain will be in Southern California, around San Diego, where flash flooding is possible.
A western storm will cross the U.S., bringing heavy snow to the Midwest and the East, Jan. 29, 2021.
A winter storm watch has already been issued from Iowa to Ohio, including Chicago, for Saturday into Sunday.
By Monday and Tuesday, the storm may become a Nor’easter off the East Coast, bringing heavy snow for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and coastal Northeast.
It is too early to say how much snow will fall in the Northeast, as weather models are not agreeing as of Friday morning.
More rain and high elevation snow this weekend
Gulf of Alaska will see the best chance for rain Saturday with some of those showers making it as far as the north end of the valley, in particular, the Redding area and maybe even Red Bluff. This will be the leading edge of the next Weather Maker so anything we do see will be on the light side, according to KRCRTV.
Winter Storm Warning, Winter Storm Watch and Winter Weather Advisories go into effect Saturday evening through Monday for Siskiyou and Trinity County areas above 3,000 feet. Some heavy snow in the forecast for the Mount Shasta area once again.
We'll start to see some light snow falling across areas of Trinity and Siskiyou County Friday night which will have little impact on mountain travel. However, Saturday evening snowfall rates will start to get heavier. Moderate to heavy snowfall is expected Sunday night into Monday.
Several inches of snow expected for Rockford region
The second winter storm of the week is expected to blanket the region with several inches of snow beginning late Saturday afternoon and continuing into Sunday, Rrstar reported.
“The heaviest snow looks like it will fall Saturday evening,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Birk said. “As far as total accumulations, current projections are in the 5- to 8-inch range with certainly some isolated higher amounts possible. This is going to be a pretty wet snow, it’s looking like. There’s a lot of moisture with this system.”
A winter storm warning for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin is scheduled to take effect at noon Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday.
The city of Rockford declared a snow emergency effective Saturday at 8 p.m.
Cars should be parked on the even-numbered side of the street after 8 p.m. Saturday and on the odd-numbered side of the street after 8 a.m. Sunday.
The parking restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
Illinoise prepares for the upcoming snowstorm and diving tempo
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for the upcoming weekend snowstorm and dropping temperatures.
State and local emergency officials urged people in a release to take time before the major anticipated snowfall to prepare families, homes and vehicles for a storm.
“This weekend, if weather impacts your area, please take a moment to check on your neighbors,” IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau said. “46% of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster. Send a text or make a call to ensure they have everything they need to survive this winter storm.”
|The IEMA recommended that residents do the following to prepare: |
- Understand the various weather alerts
- Build a home emergency kit with items such as food, water, medications, a weather radio, flashlight and spare batteries
- If travel is necessary, stock a vehicle with emergency items such as a first aid kit, phone charger, batteries, extra clothes, jumper cables, kitty litter or sand, a flashlight and a snow scraper
- Charge cell phones before the storm
- Create and discuss an emergency plan with the family
- Take steps to prevent frozen water pipes
Chicago face the second snowstorm in the winter
The Chicago area will now be under a winter storm warning Saturday as the second major snowstorm of the week threatens to dump up to 9 inches of snow, possiblly even more, on some parts of the area.
A potentially significant storm has set its sights on northern Illinois, likely bringing several inches of snow just days after much of the area saw its biggest snowfall of the season so far.
|The general jet-stream level features expected to be in place in February.|
A winter storm watch that had been issued for the entire Chicago area was upgraded to a storm warning Friday afternoon.
In LaSalle County the warning begins at noon Saturday and continues through 6 p.m. Sunday, though the system could begin with a short period of freezing rain before transitioning to snow. In McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Cook, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Kankakee and Will counties in Illinois, and Lake County in Indiana, the warning begins at 3 p.m. Saturday and continues through 6 p.m. Sunday.
The alert warns of "heavy wet snow" and wind gusts of up to 30 or 35 mph. Accumulations of 5 to 9 inches or higher are possible.
A winter storm watch remains in effect for Newton and Jasper counties in northwest Indiana from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, warning of 3 to 7 inches of snow possible, with some locations seeing higher totals.
New Jersey will get a double-shot of winter weather over the next several days — the coldest conditions in months on Friday and then a likely long-duration nor’easter snowstorm that begins Sunday and might drop as much as 8 inches of snow on the state by Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
While AccuWeather.com said that the storm could deliver as much as a foot of snow to parts of New Jersey by the time it moves out on Tuesday, the National Weather Service’s first projections only run until 7 p.m. Monday. The storm is expected to linger through Tuesday morning, so the next forecast update from the weather service should provide a more complete snowfall projection.
New Jersey expects 8 to 12 inches of snow
Forecasters are tracking the potential for a major winter storm starting Sunday and into Tuesday with early predictions calling for 8 to 12 inches of snow in some spots.Accuweather
The current outlook from the weather service’s New Jersey office expects the majority of the state to receive 4 to 6 inches with a pocket in southern Middlesex, western Monmouth and western Ocean counties getting 6 to 8 inches.
Usually-harder hit northwestern New Jersey is shown with 1 to 3 inches by Monday evening, with coastal areas of Atlantic and Cape May getting mainly rain.
Accuweather’s snowfall forecast map, however, shows North Jersey getting 6 to 12 inches, with 3 to 6 inches along the I-95 corridor. Both forecasts note the uncertainty in snowfall amounts with the storm still a few days out. Forecasters again noted that a shift in the track of the storm will affect where the rain/snow line sets up.
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