Over the weekend parts of the United States from Texas to Virginia dealt with storms that included 19 tornados and more than 700 reports of storm damage. Residents are still trying to clean up the debris from these storms, with new storms on the way. Overnight Seattle was already hit with snow that has caused electrical outages, and numerous vehicle accidents. There does not appear to be a reprieve in sight as more storms are expected for the rest of the week.
A new round of storms will enter the western United States some time Wednesday with heavy snow and rain. By mid week the San Francisco Bay area with be inundated with the storm with heavy rain, and the storm will hit Los Angeles by Thursday afternoon. The jet stream will enter the Pacific Northwest where it could bring more snow to Coastal Oregon, California, and Seattle. Snow is forecasted for the Cascades, Sierra Nevada and the Rockies. Travel is likely to be troublesome on interstate 80, especially at higher elevations.
Last weekend numerous record highs were obliterated from Florida to Maine. Many cities reached record breaking highs for January with places like Boston reaching 74 degrees and Florida was near 90. However, those temperatures quickly dropped back down to more seasonable highs, with the Southeast remaining quite warm for this time of year.
However, since this storm system is a few days away still, it is unknown what the exact impact will be to the Midwest and East. There is enough cold air coming with it for some areas to possibly get a significant amount of snow or ice. This potential for snow, ice and rain will remain through the end of the workweek. There may also be wind gusts in the Midwest/Great Lakes area. It is hard to know where the dividing line will be, but areas north of interstate 70 from Missouri through Ohio may bear the brunt of it. On Saturday, New England appears to have the biggest chance of heavy snow accumulations that may linger into Sunday.