NEW YORK- According to the predictions, a blizzard dubbed as ‘sleeping giant’ is going to hit the north east of United States i.e. New York, Washington and Philadelphia and Boston.
As much as two feet of snow could bury parts of the eastern seaboard, potentially shutting down transport and electricity to hundreds of thousands of people.
Two or more feet of snow would put the storm in the top three snowstorms for Washington – the state has not seen a 20-inch or greater snowstorm in nearly 100 years. In 1922, 28 inches of snow fell during the city’s largest snowstorm on record.
Further adding to the misery, flooding is also likely in New Jersey, Long Island and southern New England. This is due to forecasted heavy waves and high winds which could lead to beach erosion, along with high tides.
The weather is likely to be caused by low pressure, currently building up over the northern Pacific, which will push westwards across the country.
The elongated nature of the weather system, stretching across several states, indicates that there is a lot of energy contained in it.
The system is likely to move steadily into the north east, gaining strength, where it is thought it will hit and mix a section of northerly cold air (though it’s not cold air from the Arctic, which usually causes snowstorms in this region).
Temperatures have been far below what is normal for much of the Midwest and eastern United States, the National Weather Service has said.
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek, “We are just now at the point [of the winter] where the air is cold enough with the ongoing storms to awaken a sleeping giant in terms of a snowstorm.”