Into the weekend and going into next week, the U.S will be hit significantly with heavy snowfall and heavy precipitation. These strong conditions will mainly stay westward in states such as California, Oregon, and Washington. Winter Storm Orion will be delivering some much needed snow to the western mountains of California. This snow will continue to fall at low elevations, and this could create some travel hassles. This cell will then make its way into the northeast and Midwest, only delivering small and light accumulations. Residents living in these regions can take solace in the fact that it will be a break from the heavy snowfall that they were experiencing in the past weeks.
In the levels of lower elevation, Washington, Oregon, and Vancouver have also seen some precipitation and snowfall. 11.5 inches was even recorded in Corvallis. In Portland, they recorded about 4 inches of snow, which made that day the fifth single day snowfall total in the city since 1940. Another cold front will make its way into Oregon on Friday and this will make for some flurries and snow storms that will head across the central United States.
Northern California will experience consistent amounts of rainfall within the next couple of days, and it will definitely be welcomed warmly. California has been undoubtedly been going through a drought recently, and this large cell of precipitation will help alleviate some of those dry conditions. In the Sierra Nevada, snowfalls will reach about 4 feet higher by the end of the week. States like Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Colorado will also see snowfall due to Orion. According to the U.S Drought Monitor, this snowfall will be falling in a area that greatly needs it.
Lower elevations of California will experience 1 to 3 inches of precipitation into the weekend, and this will be considered the warmer side of Winter Storm Orion. This cell will produce the heaviest rainfall of the winter thus far. On Saturday, light snow is predicted for Iowa, parts of Illinois, and Minnesota. After the snow has hit these areas, the cell will then move up into the Northeast and deliver some light snow to that region as well.
This has been a very cold and snowy winter for many residents across the U.S, but luckily, there may be some relief in store in the coming weeks. The cold temperatures will continue, as this season has been below average temperature wise. You should always take precautions in the winter time when it comes to keeping your home winterized. This will help fight against any cold weather issues that could occur on your property. It is also a good idea to keep an emergency kit when the weather is quite cold in case of a power outage.
For any further updates on Winter Storm Orion, check the Weather Channel or your local weather authority.