Friday, January 3, 2014

Wild weather continues in US and Europe

Massive winter storm Hercules dumped snow across the Northeast and ushered in dangerously cold temperatures Friday. 7800 flights in the NE have been cancelled or delayed leaving travelers stranded and cutting a deadly trail across several states.

The treacherous conditions have led to at least 11 deaths in the eastern United States, according to The Associated Press.

A pattern we have seen all winter, this storm is followed by another, Ion a second surface low that will develop and bring a few inches of snow to Denver before heading out across the Plains. It will then turn northeast and bring a wide swath of snow from Missouri through Indiana, Ohio and Lower Michigan Sunday and Sunday night. By Monday this low will work its way into Quebec where it phases with the first low. The arctic front will barrel across New England and most of the East bringing a quick round of snow from Maine through Virginia and a flash freeze with rapidly falling temperatures Monday evening. That cold air will infiltrate all the way down to the Gulf Coast with places like Atlanta seeing low temperatures in the single digits by Tuesday morning. Finally, in the wake of the arctic front, cold air crossing the Great Lakes will spawn significant lake-effect snow in the Monday afternoon through Wednesday timeframe to the east of the Great Lakes.

In Europe,  high winds, waves and tides lashed the western coasts of Britain and France on Friday, flooding seaside towns and low-lying areas.

Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland were the worst-hit U.K. regions by the latest in a recent series of extreme winter storms. Parts of northwestern France also suffered flooding.

"This is the latest in a series of powerful storm systems that have pounded the UK and Ireland since Christmas Eve," said meteorologist Chris Dolce. "A break is expected on Saturday before yet another storm approaches Sunday with more soaking rainfall and gusty winds."

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