Snow is expected to fall in parts of the Four Corners and High Plains on Thursday before moving east, where heavy rain and thunderstorms will hit the Gulf Coast before the first snowstorm of the year reaches the East Coast by the end of the week, forecasters say.
According to the National Weather Service, snowfall totals are expected to range between 2-4 inches in parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday. Parts of New Mexico and Colorado, near the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, could see snow accumulations of about 5 to 10 inches, according to the NWS.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin in Texas and southern Oklahoma late Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening before moving east toward the Gulf Coast, where moderate to heavy rain is expected through Thursday night into Friday, the weather service said.
Rain can be a welcome sight for those looking for drought relief, especially in Mississippi and Louisiana. Both states are currently experiencing levels of severe to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Coastal rain, high-altitude mountain snow and a wintry mix are expected for inland valley locations in the Pacific Northwest throughout the day Thursday.
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WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST: Winter storm heading toward parts of Appalachia on the East Coast
According to AccuWeather, a “major winter storm packed with dangerous snow and ice” is on track to hit the Northeast this weekend.
The storm is expected to intensify as it advances from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic Coast from Saturday to Sunday. AccuWeather warns that heavy bands of snow could develop from West Virginia and northwest Virginia to the Hudson Valley during this time.
“Saturday through Sunday, a band of 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected to fall from the Smoky Mountains across much of northern and eastern West Virginia northeastward into southern inland New England,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyssa Glennie said.
Snowfall totals of 6 to 12 inches are expected in eastern West Virginia, central Pennsylvania and western and central Massachusetts.
“Any snow accumulation can cause significant travel slowdowns, but this storm may have a greater impact than others of similar size because it has been a long time since more than an inch of snow has accumulated in these areas — it may take people a while.” It's time to get used to driving and dealing with snow, said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Porter.
“A few inches of snow or more could fall along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, which would be the most snow some of these cities have seen since early 2022 thanks to multi-year drought,” Porter added. Due to major snow storms in these areas.”