A conveyor belt of extreme and powerful weather systems is expected to move across the United States this week, bringing blizzards to the center of the country and heavy rain and flash flooding to the Northeast, forecasters warn.
“This is a pattern where we can see relatively strong storm systems moving east across the country from the western United States,” Greg Corbin, forecast operations branch chief for the National Weather Service, said Sunday.
That pattern, he said, “creates a combination of winter weather, but heavy storms and wet weather.”
Plains face blizzards.
A blizzard warning has been issued for the central and southern High Plains until Tuesday morning.
The blizzard is expected to hit parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Wind gusts up to 70 mph will “produce severe blizzard conditions with whiteouts,” forecasters said Monday.
Snowfall is expected to make travel extremely dangerous, if not impossible, and weather watchers recommended that anyone traveling carry winter survival gear, as wind chills could drop below zero.
Some parts of the Midwest could get up to a foot of snow. forecasters said.
“A range of hazards are expected in this next storm system,” said Mr. Corbin said power outages are likely due to strong winds and heavy snow. “Travel may be impossible in parts of Central America as we go into the week.”
The storm is expected to move into the upper Great Lakes over the central Mississippi Valley on Tuesday evening, the weather service said.
Heavy rains and floods are likely to occur in northeastern areas.
Two to four inches of rain is expected across the Northeast on Tuesday.
Snowmelt from the weekend's winter storm, which brought a foot or more of snow to parts of the East Coast, will contribute to flooding and increase the risk of flooding. Meteorologists said.
“Continued heavy rains will cause flash floods in many areas” The weather service said. “Also, many streams may flood, affecting larger rivers.”
Forecasters identified a large area around Philadelphia There will be considerable river flooding. All in all, meteorologists predict At least 19 rivers Flooding will occur in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Flooding is possible as far south as Richmond, Va., as far north as the Catskills in New York, according to forecasters.
There is a hurricane risk along the Gulf Coast.
Along the Gulf Coast, there is a risk of severe thunderstorms Monday night through Tuesday morning, with frequent lightning, strong winds, hail and a few tornadoes. Weather Service.
Significant river and flash flooding is possible early Wednesday for the central Gulf Coast and eastern states.
Rain and snow will fall in the Pacific Northwest.
Rain and snow are expected in the Seattle area on Monday and Tuesday Weather Service.
Meteorological Department released Winter storm and blizzard warnings For the Olympic and Cascade Mountains above 2,000 feet. In areas under a blizzard warning, the forecast called for up to 40 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
Referring to the storm system in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Corbin said, “It's a bit uncertain, but this storm is bringing rain and wind to the East Coast and could bring snow by the end of the week.”
Derrick Bryson Taylor Contributed report.