Another Massive Winter Weather System Blowing East From The
Those in Denver and across the Rockies who were wishing for a
White Christmas got a lot more than they bargained for -- about 50
inches more in some cases.
Last week's blizzard that shut down airports across the
inter-mountain west stranded thousands and thwarted holiday travel
plans across the country as the nation's air travel system
struggled to recover from flight delays and cancellations -- some
1,700 cancellations in Denver alone.
If you're still digging your way out of the snow, you might want
to put your shovel down -- it looks like Mother Nature is
whipping up Act II.
A major low-pressure system pushing northwest from west Texas
and northeastern New Mexico has been developing for a couple of
days now. The brewing storm has already lashed California and
Nevada with heavy rain and winds leaving thousands without
As it grows and moves west to higher elevations, the storm
is expected to intensify. Denver is looking at snowfall
to begin around noon today with ten to eighteen inches on the
As the sprawling storm strengthens, it's expected to drop
significant amounts of snow from Montana south to New Mexico, and
Arizona east to Kansas and Nebraska.
Forecasters say while accumulations won't reach amounts from
last week's storm, the high winds threaten to pile snow into
massive drifts. Meteorologists say the stinging winds will blow
As the storm continues east it's forecast to bring a mix of ice,
snow and drenching rains across the plains states and into the
And it won't stop there...
Further into the weekend computer models show the system kicking
off wicked thunderstorms in the southeast as warm, moist Gulf air
collides with the cold air moving east ahead of the storm. That's
not good news for the residents of Daytona, FL who are just
cleaning up from a strong line of thunderstorms that blew through
on Christmas Day. The storms spawned several damaging tornadoes and
destroyed 50 to 60 aircraft at Embry Riddle Aeronautical
The only area of the country to be spared looks to be the
northeast. Light flurries are forecast in New England with
temperatures hovering around winter average for the area.
So, just as the ripples effects of last week's storm subside --
airports across the country are still reporting lost, mis-routed
and delayed luggage -- the nation's air travel industry is gearing
up for more chaos.
The only good thing about this storm is the timing; it looks as
though the worst will be over just in time for holiday travelers to
get home after New Years.