As many people across the United States are looking for warmer weather, another new winter storm cell hailed “Winter Storm Titan” is making its way into California, beginning a weekend of ice, snow, and a wintry mix throughout the whole country. As well as snow, the Plains and Mid-Atlantic states may also see a large amount of sleet and freezing rain coming their way. Within the next couple of days, two storm systems will merge, and this will cause an even larger system that will wreak havoc on the Mid-Atlantic, Plains, and even the Midwest and Northeast as we close out this week. The golden state is already experiencing rainfall, but to many people’s pleasure it will weaken as it moves into the Rockies on Thursday. Light snow can be expected for residents living in the Midwest on Friday and will extend into the night.
There is also a second storm, and this system will be much stronger than the first. Heavy amounts of rain will begin to overtake California, and then will make its way throughout the mid-Atlantic and across the eastern region. This should actually be a relief to California residents, as the state has been going through an extensive drought. As California undergoes heavy rainfall, a large blast of Arctic air will make its way up to the mid-Atlantic and collide with the milder air, causing a very impactful storm.
Titan is expected to be quite a large system because of the warm moist air coming from the Gulf, which will mix with the cold and shallow air that is present in the Midwest and Northeast. Once these cells collide, an ice storm is sure to occur. How much ice? That is not yet known, as it is still too early to determine the scope of the ice accumulations that could be present.
The main event of Winter Storm Titan will occur late on Saturday as the system moves throughout the Midwest and Plains states. The precipitation will be heaviest on Sunday going into Monday morning. Large accumulations of ice are very likely through the Ozarks and into the Ohio Valley, with snow predicted farther north of the snow/ice line. On Sunday, the main cities that are expected to see ice are Indianapolis, Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Some of the southern states may also see a wintry mix, and this includes Memphis, Nashville, Paducah, Louisville, and Lexington.
As we begin next week, it is the mid-Atlantic that will be experiencing the brunt of Winter Storm Titan. This threat ranges from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C, and could even make its way into Virginia. If you are a resident of any of these areas, it is important to prepare for a significant amount of ice. By the end of this week, the Midwest will again see more heavy snow accumulations. Because it is so early in the system, meteorologists have not yet determined exactly where this snow will fall and approximately how much will fall. On Monday this snow will move into the Northeast just above the area that will be experiencing heavy ice accumulations. Depending on the track of this system, the snow/ice line could be anywhere from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to Virginia.
When weather such as ice or snow storms is in the forecast, it is always a good idea to be prepared! This could mean having extra blankets, flashlights, and even an emergency kit located in your car and home. If you want to further track Winter Storm Titan, stay tuned to your local weather authority or check the Weather Channel for more updates in your area!