Unusual Ice & Snow Storms Sweeping Across U.S. for Thanksgiving

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 14:31 PM
November 25, 2013

nextweek-powerful-storm    At last count, the current wrath of winter storms moving West to East across the U.S. has killed at least 10 victims, and it may well pelt the South and Northeast with a true Nor’easter, just in time for Thanksgiving holidays.

These unusual storms killed five in California, one in New Mexico, one in Arizona, and three in Texas. Before these storms, AAA expected more than 43 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more for the holidays. However, now many weather and travel experts advise against air or automobile travel this week.

Today’s ‘Winter Weather Advisory’ from the National Weather Service says ‘light freezing . . . sleet’ should hit the Charleston-Raleigh North Carolina and West Virginia mountain areas by Tuesday evening.” Road travel is discouraged.

New York forecaster, David Eichorn, explores:  “There seems to be a trend developing within weather forecast models to be developing an East Coast storm Tuesday and Wednesday.  As the storm begins to take shape on Tuesday over the Carolinas, moisture along with milder air at higher altitudes will spread north over Central New York.

“. . . the air near the ground will remain chilly. This could set us up for a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain Tuesday and Tuesday night. In western New York, toward Buffalo, the precipitation has a better chance of being all snow.  Later Wednesday, we need to watch for a batch of heavier snow to form over West Virginia or western Pennsylvania which would track northeast over Central New York. If this is going to occur, it would arrive near or shortly after dinnertime.”

Air travel is also interrupted. L.A. Times reporter, Matt Pearce,  writes: “The wintry system slushed through New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas on Sunday, dumping heavy snow over several areas in New Mexico and sleet that forced the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to ‘pre-cancel’ about 300 flights.”

National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain told Pearce: “This is more of a January, February-type weather event.” For the East Coast he adds such temperatures could “even be considered cold by January standards.”

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski insists:  “Substantial snow will unfold from the spine of the w01_02018963Appalachians to the St. Lawrence Valley and far northern New England.”

Joe Harris, another National Weather Service meteorologist, told Associated Press reporter, Susan Montoya Bryan: “The ‘Nordic outbreak’ will produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation.” Bryan mentions the storms causing cancellation of sports events in Arizona, as well as several traffic accents in that state along with Texas.

Even if travel interferes with holiday plans, everyone should remember that the purpose of Thanksgiving is not necessarily family, friends or food.  Rather it is a time to reflect on God’s goodness and to thank Him for His many blessings.  As the Psalmist cries in used Christian Bibles:  “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High (50:14).”

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