Wild Storm Forecast to Hit East Next Week
By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
October 16, 2011, 1:11:41 AM EDT
Snow, cold, high winds, flooding rain and severe thunderstorms seem destined for the eastern United States and southeastern Canada next week.
The atmosphere has been showing increased volatility over recent days with a strengthening storm aiming for the Northeast. However, another potentially much stronger storm for the same region and other areas is forecast to come about later on.
Moisture from deep in the tropics will be harnessed by a storm, currently over the northern Pacific Ocean, in the East spanning during the middle of next week.
The end result may be an intensifying storm that runs from south to north along the Atlantic Seaboard of the U.S.
The storm has potential to foil outdoor plans and cause major travel delays at the very least with its heavy rain, strong winds, thunderstorms and snow.
Setting aside most potential factors of the storm, the greatest concern at this stage would be another dose of heavy rain in parts of Florida, the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.
Even a moderate amount of rain in a short period of time, on top of what hit these areas recently, and currently in some cases, could lead to renewed and major flooding.
Below is a timetable of possible dramatic weather for next week's storm:
--Locally severe thunderstorms from the lower Mississippi to the Ohio Valley Tuesday. --Flooding rain and severe thunderstorms Tuesday into Wednesday in the southeastern U.S., including Florida and the Carolinas. --Flooding rain in the I-81 and I-95 corridors of the mid-Atlantic and New England later Tuesday and Wednesday. --A heavy rain changing to an accumulating snow situation in the central Appalachians and eastern Great Lakes area Wednesday. --Heavy snow with wind in western Quebec and eastern Ontario Thursday. --Lake-effect snow and snow showers from the central Great Lakes to the central Appalachians in the wake of the storm. --Flooding rain in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Wednesday. --Rough seas from the Carolinas northward to the Maritimes late Tuesday into Thursday. --Damaging winds from the eastern Great Lakes to southeastern Canada Wednesday into Thursday.
While this is of course speculation at this point, we have some indication that the atmosphere is going into extreme mode and may unload a "bomb" of a storm somewhere in the northeastern U.S./southeastern Canada area next week.
While the storm next week will not be another "Perfect Storm," or "Storm of the Century," it could be quite a wild ride for some folks.
How quickly several elements come together will determine how nasty weather conditions become in eastern North America.
Meanwhile, as dramatic as the weather is likely to be in the East, the weather out West is likely to remain warm and benign in most areas next week.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity, "The upcoming storm next week and the one forecast to ramp up in the Northeast into this weekend could be setting up a pattern and giving some indication as to what the first part of the winter may be like."
Paul Pastelok and the Team of Long-Range Expert Meteorologists have recently released the AccuWeather.com Winter 2011-2012 Forecast for the U.S. and Canada.
A forecast for the upcoming winter in Europe is expected be be released during the week of Oct. 17.
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