A powerful Winter storm takes-aim at the Northeast
Across the Corn Belt, a storm crossing the lower Great Lakes region is being absorbed by a stronger system near the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Widespread precipitation, mostly snow, is causing travel disruptions in the lower Great Lakes States.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching Western storm system. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, dated February 5, exceptional drought (D4) covers at least one-quarter of Nebraska (77%), Oklahoma (40%), Kansas (36%), and South Dakota (30%).
In the South, wind-driven rain is developing along the southern Mid-Atlantic coast. Scattered showers dot the remainder of the Southeast, although significant rainfall is again bypassing Florida’s peninsula.
In the West, cooler air and beneficial showers are overspreading the California and the Intermountain West. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the average water content of the high-elevation Sierra Nevada snow pack currently stands at 16 inches (about 80 percent of average), compared to 14 inches (140 percent) at the beginning of the year.
A major storm developing near the Mid-Atlantic Coast will drift northeastward, resulting in possible blizzard conditions through Saturday across southeastern New England. Snow will blanket other areas of the Northeast.
Meanwhile, another storm will emerge from the Southwest, resulting in much-needed precipitation across the nation’s mid-section through Monday. Wind-driven snow will fall northwest of the storm’s center, which should track from the central High Plains into the upper Great Lakes region.
In addition, showers and locally severe thunderstorms will sweep across the South.
Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches across the Deep South, excluding Florida’s peninsula.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures throughout the Nation, the exception being the Northeast, where somewhat milder conditions are expected. Drier-than-normal weather is forecast for much of the West, including California, and parts of the middle Mississippi Valley. In contrast, wet or snowy weather is forecast for states along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, the Great Lakes Region, and northern portions of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.