Millions of residents in the northeastern United States are about to face a significant winter storm. This storm could possibly be the first of the season and, according to some reports, the biggest in years. Meteorologists at AccuWeather are warning of an approaching storm from the Pacific, diving into the southern plains and absorbing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
This atmospheric force will head towards the mid-Atlantic and New England over the weekend of 2024. It promises significant travel disruptions on the region’s roads and airports. The storm, expected to peak from Saturday to Sunday, poses a potentially chaotic scenario on major highways and airport terminals.
Meteorologists are predicting a wide variety of precipitation, from snow to freezing rain, which could further complicate the already challenging winter conditions.
In light of this forecast, experts are advising homeowners to pull their shovels and snowplows out of storage, preparing ice-melting compounds in advance. Highway departments and municipalities are also on alert, reviewing their action plans before the winter storm strikes with force.
It should be noted that the possibility of heavy snowfall after two relatively mild winters has raised additional concerns. The lack of winter driving practice for some motorists may be a factor to consider, highlighting the importance of a quick and efficient response from emergency services.
Many places have received less than one-third of their historical average snowfall, and some areas have received less than 10% of the average. Even in one of the northeastern snow capitals, Buffalo, New York, less than 6 inches of snow has fallen from October 1 to December 31.
The storm is expected to produce a heavy snow zone over the southern High Plains in parts of New Mexico, according to AccuWeather. Similarly, in northwest Texas, western Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, and western Kansas, from Thursday night to Friday.
Several inches of snow are likely to fall, and parts of the I-25, I-40, and I-70 corridors may experience slow or difficult travel. The region, which has experienced a shortage of significant snowfall in the last two winters, is preparing for a drastic change in weather conditions.
For many residents, this storm will be a test of their ability to face winter weather and adapt to adverse conditions on local roads and streets. The need for caution and preparation is further highlighted due to the prolonged period without intense snowfall, leaving some motorists potentially unprepared for winter driving.
The snow zone may diminish or possibly disappear over the lower and middle parts of the Mississippi Valley from Friday night to Saturday. However, a cold air zone will linger in the northeast, waiting for the storm to approach.
“It is expected that the storm will flourish in the southern states at the start of the weekend. Probably bringing with it a swath of heavy rains and thunderstorms,” said meteorologist Brandon Buckingham. “At the same time, further north, over the Ohio Valley.” The storm can expand northward to form cold enough air for snow to fall.