US Braces For Powerful Winter Storms That Could Claim More Lives

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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“Unsettled weather” is en route to hit the U.S. by Thursday, continuing the back-to-back trend of severe meteorological threats that have dominated the country since Christmas 2022.

Localized yet heavy snow is heading for the Great Lakes, all the way east into the mid-Atlantic on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Similar trends are forecast in California, which has been battered by blizzards, snow storms, flooding, and atmospheric rivers since the end of 2022, with limited signals that the extreme weather is slowing down.

Warm atmospheric rivers are anticipated to strike the Golden State starting on Friday, increasing the potential for significant flooding potential across the northern and central regions of the state, according to one amateur tracker. When combined with the record-breaking snowfall across the state, risk of mass and sudden flooding is possible should the warm moisture force snowmelt through March.

Elsewhere in the U.S., heavy rain and flash flooding will strike the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley by Tuesday evening. Significant winter weather and a possible storm are expected by Thursday in Nebraska, but the direction of the storm tracker, duration, and the overall intensity could change before then. (RELATED: Yosemite National Park Closed Indefinitely Over Extreme Weather)

Residents were told to start monitoring forecasts as impacts to travel across the country are possible, NWS noted. The warnings come in conjunction with South Carolina’s Severe Weather and Flood Safety week. Some ten people have died from severe storms in the southwest in recent weeks, the New York Post noted. Multiple others have passed from extreme weather since the start of 2023.