Today is officially the first full day of Spring but someone forgot to inform Mother Nature. More than 72-million people - from Virginia to Maine - are bracing for a nasty reminder of winter, while people in the west are seriously about to get dumped on.
The Hudson Valley is preparing for 3-8 inches of snow with a winter storm warning for Dutchess, Orange and Putnam Counties till 8AM Thursday morning. A winter weather advisory is effect till 8AM Thursday morning.
In addition to the Hudson Valley, millions along the East Coast are bracing for another nor'easter…or a ‘four-easter’ since this is the fourth such storm to slam the region in recent weeks. Forecasters are predicting the storm could dump more than a foot of snow on parts of the Northeast.
The National Weather Service says the storm will bring snow, strong winds and coastal flooding to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through tomorrow afternoon – and winter storm warnings and watches are posted from West Virginia to Boston.
More than three-thousand flights are being canceled. Airports in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC are also affected. American, Delta, United and JetBlue are waiving fees for travelers who change tickets from a dozen major airports across the region.
The east coast residents aren’t the only folks feeling Mother Nature’s wrath. A powerful Pacific storm system is slowly moving across Southern California and promising at least two days of drenching rain and the possibility of flooding and mud and debris flows. The National Weather Service calls the storm an "atmospheric river" that promises to be just as wet as it sounds. Total rainfall from the storm is expected to range from two to five inches in coastal and valley areas and between five and ten inches across the foothills. Flash flood watches are in effect for Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Source: The Weather Channel
Snowfall reports received by NWS forecast offices as of 10 pm. pic.twitter.com/uOJ3PBFhlS— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) March 21, 2018
Still unsure what an Atmospheric River is? Here is a great larger scope view showing the weather pattern leading to this weather phenomena. https://t.co/oLcnc7jZNU— NWS (@NWS) March 21, 2018