By Amy Graff, SFGATE
Updated 2:18 pm PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019
CLICK THROUGH THE GALLERY TO SEE THE STORM MOVE ACROSS THE U.S.
10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019: The storm is centered off the West Coast(Forecast hour 6; valid at 18z Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)CLICK THROUGH THE GALLERY TO SEE THE STORM MOVE ACROSS THE U.S.
10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019: The storm is centered off the West Coast(Forecast hour 6; valid at 18z Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)
The big storm unleashing heavy rain across California into Thursday morning will make its way across the country in the coming days, taking aim at the Eastern Seaboard.
On Saturday night, the system is expected to blow into New York and deliver rain, sleet and snow through Sunday, though Jan Null, who runs a private forecasting service called Golden Gate Weather Services, says by then it will be a “very different storm” — and much colder than what we’re experiencing on the West Coast.
Null explains the storm will move as a big mass of moisture over the Great Basin and Utah to the Rocky Mountains, and after barreling over the mountain range, it will re-form.
“Cold air air will be dropping down from Canada east of the Rockies,” said Null. “It will move east as a cold front.”
New York City is forecast to see some slushy rain on Sunday.
See the storm’s forecast movement across the country in the series of maps above pulled from the National Hurricane Center and the weather site TropicalTidbits.com.
The storm’s movement is certainly interesting but not unusual.
“This happens all the time,” said Null. “They come into the West Coast and they move across the country.”
One aspect of this storm that is a little unique, however, is its speed.
While this storm will reach the East Coast in three to four days, most take closer to five.
“I’d say this is faster than the average, but this isn’t the fastest-moving storm either,” he said. “There are faster ones. I’d say five days is pretty typical.”
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