A sprawling “kitchen sink” storm is gradually traversing the United States, heralding hazardous weather conditions that will impact every region. Residents across the contiguous states are preparing for a barrage of snowstorms, heavy rains, thunderstorms, high winds, and even tornadoes. National Weather Service (NWS) precipitation forecast maps illustrate expansive storm masses moving from the Pacific Northwest to New England, spanning the entire Lower 48.
Meteorologist Danielle Banks, describing these storms as “kitchen sink” due to their all-encompassing nature, anticipates severe storms and substantial snowfall. As the storm progresses, each region braces for its arrival, prompting residents to be vigilant about the impending battering.
The Pacific Northwest has already experienced precipitation, with snow and heavy rains affecting parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and northern California. A storm front is hovering over the mountainous Southwest, blanketing areas in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico with disruptive heavy snow.
The worst is yet to come for many regions. NWS maps predict substantial precipitation over the plains, impacting Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, and northern Texas. The storm intensifies from Friday into Saturday, extending into more areas of South Dakota and North Dakota.
Simultaneously, a significant storm develops in the South, fueled by moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Torrential rains and thunderstorms are anticipated in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina. These rains move westward and northward, converging with the northern system. The Midwest, from Illinois to western Pennsylvania, faces heavy snow, while Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas experience torrential rains.
The storm progresses up the East Coast, resulting in a mix of rain and snow, compounded by lake-effect phenomena from the Great Lakes, affecting travel and commutes. New York City, New England, and the East Coast, including Washington, D.C., brace for heavy snow for the first time in nearly two years. The storm’s peak impact on these regions is expected on Monday into Tuesday.
The eastern regions, including the South and East Coast, bear the brunt of the combined systems, drawing moisture from the Gulf. Potential disruptions include travel delays along the Interstate 95 corridor and the risk of heavy snowfall. Winter weather advisories and fog warnings are already in effect in plains regions. Banks warn of potential chaos in the Great Lakes, upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, and interior Northeast, urging residents to prepare for challenging conditions.