‘Deadly attack’ erupts as anticyclone ‘bubble’ slams America as relentless heavy rain and heavy snow prompt warnings
Three storms that dumped heavy rain and heavy snow have sparked warnings of “impossible” travel conditions as the United States battles a “deadly weather attack.”
The anti-hurricane “bubble” choking the United States has allowed three major storm systems to wreak havoc across the western and southern states.
California’s historic rains were caused by a powerful “atmospheric river” of moisture, with severe weather reportedly killing three people.
Persistent heavy rains this week caused an avalanche in Lee Canyon, Nevada, while leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power.
California was severely exposed to storms and floods
Heavy rain is expected to continue over the coming days, while heavy snow in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico has triggered a raft of winter storm warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NOAA).
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), winter storms hitting southern areas with up to three feet of snow could make travel routes impassable.
A company spokesperson said: “Travel may be very difficult or impossible, and residents may be stranded due to closed roads.
“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.
“The continued influx of moisture from the Pacific Ocean will bring heavy snowfall to regional mountain ranges in the Intermountain West over the next two days.”
Southern California will continue to be hit by flooding as an atmospheric storm system dumps inches of rain across the regions.
Huge channels of water in the atmosphere can carry up to a ton of rain, dumping it on Western states as it blows in from the Pacific Ocean.
Heavy rain is expected to continue
Unstable weather conditions will also see a risk of thunderstorms during the week, according to National Weather Advisors.
Low temperatures inland will increase the risk of freezing rain, triggering ice warnings in parts.
Coastal flood warnings remain in effect across Southern California while strong winds threaten Arizona and New Mexico.
Storms in California left three people dead from falling trees, while “rivers of mud” flowed through the state.
According to the Weather Channel, heavy rain leaving the ground saturated will result in a continued risk of landslides through the week.
“Over the weekend, a bubble of high pressure hung over the Midwest and disrupted the weather pattern,” a company spokesperson said.
“This allowed three separate storm systems to continue and produce significant impacts.
The southwest will also be affected
National Weather Service (NOAA)
“At least three people were killed by falling trees in California, and rivers of mud flowed through streets in the Los Angeles area.”
“Southern California is suffering a deadly weather attack with an atmospheric river storm system dumping historic amounts of rain and killing at least three people,” Weather Channel meteorologist Dominica Davis said.
The “Pineapple Express” strengthened storm brought strong winds of up to 60 mph.
“While there is more heavy rain ahead, the storm will soon begin moving eastward, and out of Southern California.”
Volatile weather conditions are driven by competing air masses over the United States.
Warm air from the south meets cold air from the north as a result of the final winter blast, bringing heavy rain and thunder.
“The warm, humid air emerging from the Gulf of Mexico is bringing unstable weather conditions, and with very heavy rain there will be a risk of thunderstorms and strong winds in the cut,” said Jim Dale, a US weather correspondent and meteorologist with the British Weather Service.