The heaviest snow fall in Las Vegas in 30 years – twin winter storms blast America from coast to coast. Photo/weather.com
Twin monster winter storms are swirling in the West. One in the Northwest and one in the Southwest with record setting impacts.
In the Northwest a powerful storm combined with arctic air is bringing gusty winds and heavy snows from the northern Rockies to the Cascades and even to the big cities of Seattle and Portland and right down to the coast of Washington and Oregon.
In the Southwest another record setting winter storm has dropped 50mm of flooding rains from San Diego to Palm Springs to interior southern California. Reports of flash flooding and runoff in Riverside County and throughout southern California lower elevations have been reported.
Record setting snow has fallen in the mountains to the east of Los Angeles and San Diego right down to 2000 feet and even heavy snow in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some of the heaviest snow in Las Vegas since 1979.
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Reports of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60cms) of heavy snow have come in from the San Gabriel Mountains to the San Bernardino Mountains to Tehachapi Mountains, even Laguna Peak, Mount Wilson, Grapevine on I-5, Antelope Valley have reported record setting snow at very low levels down to 2500 feet. Travel in the mountains above 2500 feet will be extremely dangerous through tonight with snow and icy patches.
This monster record setting storm will move slowly across the Southwestern Sttaes through today with heavy snow for the Mountains from Utah to Arizona to Colorado and New Mexico. These locations also are looking at 1 to 2 feet of snow, especially Arizona to southern Utah to Colorado.
This storm will catch a ride on the jet stream and cross into the Midwest on later today into tonight and combine with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to add another chapter of a MAJOR ICE STORM AND SNOWSTORM to its history.
Significant freezing rain and ice will develop in the central U.S. into tonight. Cities from Topeka, Kansas, to Kansas City, Missouri to St. Louis, Missouri to Indianapolis, Indiana and then from Chicago, Illinois to Peoria to Davenport, Iowa. Be ready for power outages and horrible travel in this region into tonight.
To the north a band of heavy snow will develop across northern Iowa to southern Minnesota into Wisconsin and central to northern Michigan. Even here some of it will mix with sleet and freezing rain on the fringes.
This storm will then race into the Northeast on into Friday bringing snow, sleet, and ice. Heavy snow from Buffalo to Albany to Boston to southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire will be in the offering.
Northeast Ohio to central to northern Pennsylvania into northern New Jersey to New York it will be a quick burst of snow and then a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain with significant ice accumulations in the interior sections.
For the Weekend the storm in the Northwest will exit out into the Northern Plains and combine with moisture surging from the Gulf of Mexico to bring yet another winter snow and ice event from the Midwest back into the very same areas in the Northeast that got hit on Friday. This time the ice zone will be from Washington, DC to Baltimore to New York City and New Jersey with heavy snow to the north again from Buffalo to Boston.