There will be a wet and strong storm across the country starting on Wednesday, which will bring rain, severe storms, strong winds and snow on Friday.
While rain will spread from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, strong storms are possible in cities including Houston and New Orleans.
The northern and cold side of the storm system is likely to receive heavy snowfall in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska, including the cities of Minneapolis and Omaha.
There is also a chance of snow in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Thursday, including the cities of Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky.
On the East Coast, heavy rains and damaging winds will affect millions as severe storms capable of producing hurricanes can impact the East Carolinas.
On Friday, on Christmas Day, heavy rain and strong winds will run through the morning in parts of the Northeast and New England, with the second half of the day improving. Rain in the interior of the Northeast can turn to snow.
Heavy rainfall of 1-3 inches over a deep snowchack that fell during last week’s Not’Easter could lead to flooding concerns throughout the Northeast and New England. In many spots, Christmas will also be more wet and muddy than white.
Snowfall totals for the storm system will be on the order of 2–6 inches along the route from the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley, with 8 inches below the Great Lakes and isolated totals in the higher elevations of the Appalachian.
In addition to snow and heavy rain, the storm is also expected to bring harmful winds. Winds at speeds of 50–60 mph can be carried on Thursday and Friday for the East Coast, causing tree and power shortages. Christmas decorations that can be blown must be brought inside.
This storm will also be responsible for unstable temperatures in some parts of the country for this time of year.
Boston’s forecast in the mid-50s will be warmer than the city’s experience on Halloween this year.
Highs in the 60s for South Florida would mean the region’s coldest Christmas in 21 years.