Winter Storm Hunter Brings the Big Chill to Half the US

By Chris Jasurek

Hopefully everyone has finished clearing the snow which piled up during Winter Storm Grayson, because Grayson’s big brother, Winter Storm Hunter, is fast approaching.

Hunter looks to be even bigger than Grayson, bringing freezing rain, then snow, then even colder temperatures than what we experienced after Grayson passed.

Hunter is coming from the Canada, across the Northwest and Northern Great Plains, before rolling across the Northeast later in the weekend.

One benefit of Hunter’s path is that there will be no storm surge, so the coast won’t see the kind of flooding brought by the “bomb cyclone” earlier this month.

But after the rain, ice and snow to be dumped by Hunter on much of the eastern and parts of southern United States, temperatures are expected to plunge as a mass of bitterly cold Arctic air moves in.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to 12 degrees in Chicago, for instance, and to freezing or below as far south as Kentucky and Arkansas.

Winter weather warnings are in effect from the Great Lakes down the Mississippi Valley, to the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys, and all the way to New England, Weather.com reports.

Freezing rain and snow are already falling in Missouri, eastern Arkansas, west Tennessee, northern Mississippi, northern Louisiana and western Kentucky. Many roads are coated in ice, and power outages have been reported in Indiana and Kentucky.

More Winter Woes for the Northeast

The Northeast, which was hit especially hard by Grayson’s “Bomb Cyclone” effects, is in for another freeze—and maybe more rising water woes, as well.

Right now, New England is experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures, ranging from the low 50s to the low 60s, according to the National Weather Service.

When Hunter first hits, it could come as rain, melting even more of the snow which accumulated after Grayson. That water won’t have anywhere to go because the soil will be too frozen to absorb it. This could cause flooding in low-lying areas—and when the frigid air hits all that water, the Northeast could find itself covered in glacier-like sheets of ice.

Extreme temperature drops are predicted between 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 12 and 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan 13. (National Weather Service)
Extreme temperature drops are predicted between 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 12 and 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan 13. (National Weather Service)
 
 
 

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