Storm threatens South with severe thunderstorms, heavy snow on Christmas week
The Christmas week storm is on the move, and is crossing the West Tuesday with damaging winds and heavy snow for the Rockies .
On Monday night, the primary snow of the season fell in Seattle. Parts of Washington saw up to 9 inches of snow, which caused accidents and spinouts on the roads.
Winds have gusted up to 60 mph from Washington to Montana and Wyoming.
On Tuesday, the storm will move through the Rockies with winter alerts stretching from Colorado to Montana, where some areas could see the maximum amount as 30 inches of snow.
An avalanche warning and a wind warning are issued for the areas, and winds could gust as high as 70 mph.
On Wednesday, the storm will enter the Central U.S. and stretch from the Gulf Coast to the good Lakes.
For the Gulf Coast , severe thunderstorms are possible with damaging winds, and there’s even an opportunity an isolated tornado will hit.
A winter storm watch has already been issued for the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa, where blizzard conditions are possible thanks to strong winds near 60 mph and blowing snow.
On Christmas Eve , the storm will enter the Northeast and therefore the East Coast with widespread damaging winds and heavy rain from Washington, D.C., to Boston. Widespread power outages may occur.
In the South, from Florida to the Carolinas and southern Virginia, severe thunderstorms are possible with damaging winds and an isolated tornado.
Behind the storm, cold air will change the rain to snow for western ny , Pennsylvania and into parts of Ohio, where some areas could see up to a foot of snow. A winter storm watch has already been issued.