Prepare for nature’s grand spectacle as a potent cyclone, fueled by an intense atmospheric river, takes aim at the West Coast. While not reaching the legendary ARkStorm 1000 status, this system promises significant impacts, with the next few days poised to be the most intense. Intriguingly, snowflakes dance over the ocean as cold Alaskan air journeys south, setting the stage for a mountain snow extravaganza in the Western U.S. Snow accumulations measured by the feet, hurricane-force wind gusts, and the formation of a cyclonic structure reminiscent of tropical storms—all elements contributing to this atmospheric symphony.
As this meteorological performance unfolds, it’s a tale of two coasts. East of the Rockies, residents can temporarily retire their snow shovels, basking in unseasonable warmth for the next 7-10 days. Conversely, the Western U.S. prepares for a snowy embrace, highlighting the diverse and ever-changing canvas of atmospheric conditions.
As you see, it's snowing over the ocean on the backside of the low where cold air from Alaska is being dragged south.
This cold air by Friday sets the stage for mountain snow across the West measured by the feet ❄️🏔 pic.twitter.com/0HXTIOAijU
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) January 30, 2024
East of the Rockies, probably put away your snow shovel for the next 7-10 days — at least.
Much too warm for snowfall even with plenty of moisture and storminess.
Western U.S. states will be piling snow by the feet. pic.twitter.com/Au8EtOR9pc
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) January 29, 2024