- Up to 10 feet of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada region of California
- Another storm is expected to bring 1 to 5 inches of snow in the upper-Midwest on Saturday
- Parts of the Northeast can see snowfall as early as Sunday night, which may linger until Wednesday
After historic snowfall earlier this week, parts of the country from the West Coast to the Northeast will again see snowfall, forecast to stretch into next week.
The winter storm that arrived in California earlier this week will continue until Friday, bringing unusual snowfall in mountainous areas of the state. Up to 10 feet of snow is expected in the Sierra Nevada region, The National Weather Service reported. It also issued a backcountry avalanche warning for the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, saying traveling is not recommended in the region east of Yosemite National Park.
Moderate to heavy rainfall drenched much of California Thursday, with up to 1.5 to 3.5 inches forecast to fall in Los Angeles County, according to KABC.
Rainfall was forecast to be particularly heavy in central California, which could expect to see 7 to 10 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
Earlier this week, residents in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties were told to evacuate due to debris flows carrying massive boulders, soil, trees and other objects. The heavy rains Thursday led to a stretch of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast in Monterey County washing away after being hit by a debris flow off a hillside, Caltrans officials said.
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These unusual and heavy weather conditions are a result of an “atmospheric river,” which are ribbons of water vapor that extend thousands of miles from the tropics to the western U.S. They fuel massive rain, snowstorms and subsequent floods along the West Coast.
“Even though precipitation is greatly needed across the drought-stricken state, the storm will bring too much all at once and lead to serious flooding concerns,” AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda previously said.
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The same storm will travel Saturday to bring snow to the Plains and upper-Midwest. But “we’re not looking at amounts anywhere close” to the snowfall earlier this week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Suzanne Fortin, who is based in Omaha, Nebraska.
Southeast and central Iowa and southwest and central Nebraska can expect 1 to 3 inches of snow, while 3 to 5 inches is expected in the northern areas of both states, Fortin said.
The Great Lakes region to eastern Iowa, along with Chicago and Cleveland, have greater snowfall potential, said Fortin. Cleveland is expected to receive 5 to 8 inches of snow, while south Chicago may see 8 to 12 inches, according to meteorologist Stephanie Abrams at The Weather Channel.
Later Saturday, the storm is forecast to move to areas in the Appalachians and the mid-Atlantic, and may stretch to southern Virginia to northern North Carolina, according to The Weather Channel. The National Weather Service has winter weather advisories in effect from Eastern Kentucky to coastal North Carolina.
To close the weekend, snowfall will continue Sunday in the mid-Atlantic and upper Mississippi region, The Weather Channel reported.
Parts of New England may see snowfall as early as late Sunday, but it is expected to increase Monday night and into Tuesday morning, The Weather Channel forecasts. The storm may linger in the region until Wednesday morning.
This week saw unusually high snowfall in several regions, especially the Midwest, which will be hit once again with the upcoming storm.
Des Moines, Iowa, saw 12.9 inches by Tuesday, the snowiest storm in the city since a blizzard dropped 15.5 inches in December 2009. Lincoln, Nebraska received a two-day total of 14.8 inches Tuesday morning. The area had not received more than a foot of snow in a single storm in 15 years.
“This is historic snow,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen, who is based near Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this week.
Contributing: Philip Joens and Tim Webber, Des Moines Register; Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
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