- Storms will wreak havoc from coast to coast not solely going into this weekend, but in addition into subsequent week.
- Attributable to Thursday’s storm, greater than 100,000 prospects in Texas, Kentucky and West Virginia remained with out energy Friday morning.
- On Friday and into Saturday, a few of the worst climate might be within the Pacific Northwest.
Brutal winter climate reveals no indicators of letting up, because the U.S. is enduring one in every of its busiest winter climate patterns “in a long time,” forecasters mentioned Friday.
A bitterly chilly arctic air mass draped throughout a lot of the nation will assist gas winter storms that may “wreak havoc from coast to coast, not solely going into this weekend, but in addition into subsequent week,” the Nationwide Climate Service warned.
AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno known as it “a stormy, stormy sample throughout the nation,” describing it as “unbelievable.”
Heavy snow and ice will blast the Pacific Northwest on Friday whereas snow and freezing rain will hit parts of the Plains, the South and the Mid-Atlantic by Saturday, the climate service mentioned.
In line with Climate.com, the subsequent winter storm will convey significantly worse climate circumstances than what was seen early Thursday morning in Texas, when no less than six individuals had been killed and 65 others hospitalized – together with frontline well being care staff simply getting off their shifts – in a large chain-reaction crash that concerned greater than 100 autos on an icy Fort Value interstate.
The crash occurred as a frigid storm dropped ice and snow alongside a 1,500-mile swath of land for a lot of Thursday from Texas to southern New Jersey, triggering widespread energy outages and very harmful highway circumstances.
As a result of storm, greater than 100,000 prospects in Texas, Kentucky and West Virginia remained with out energy Friday morning, in keeping with Poweroutage.us.
Kentucky was particularly hard-hit with ice, the place winter-weary Louisville resident Megan Adams mentioned, “I hate winter. I hate ice. I hate the chilly and want I might hibernate from Jan. 2 to March 1.”
On Friday and into Saturday, a few of the worst climate might be within the Pacific Northwest, the place a Pacific storm system slamming into the area will convey heavy snow and ice accumulations from Portland to Seattle, the climate service mentioned. This “may very well be one of many heavier snow occasions in no less than a couple of years in Seattle and Portland,” Climate.com mentioned.
Within the East, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York Metropolis are within the zone the place a wintry or icy combine is forecast from later Saturday to Sunday morning, AccuWeather mentioned. In the meantime, it can stay chilly sufficient for principally snow to fall in Pittsburgh and Boston this weekend.
And within the central and southern U.S., the area is bracing for a snow and ice storm Saturday and into Monday. “Dallas goes to get no less than a couple of, if not a number of inches of snow,” Rayno mentioned.
Along with the snow, record-shattering chilly will spill into Texas and parts of the South over the subsequent few days. Dozens of each day report lows are probably, in keeping with Climate.com.
“Subzero lows might happen as far south as components of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Oklahoma Metropolis might plunge beneath zero for the primary time in over 4 years and solely the third time this century,” mentioned Climate.com meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.
“In truth, nowhere else within the Northern Hemisphere – not even Siberia – will expertise temperatures to this point beneath common on Valentine’s Day than within the central U.S.,” he mentioned.
Lastly, whereas it will not be chilly in Florida, some components of the state should take care of doubtlessly extreme thunderstorms by the weekend, which might disrupt NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Contributing: Mary Ramsey, Louisville Courier Journal