Whenarrives in Mexico today as a major hurricane, the next step is already planned. The storm is on its way to becoming the first major seasonal easter on the East Coast, bringing dizzy winds, heavy surf and even heavy, wet inland snow this weekend.
Currently more than 2000 miles from New York City,lands today on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, south of the resort of Mazatlan. Willa briefly reached Category 5 on Monday, becoming the third Category 5 storm of the Eastern Pacific Season, which is now the most energetic of all time.
Willa carries the charged pacific energy and even moisture from another tropical system, Vincente, when it hits land in Mexico. As the storm looses its strength as it traverses the mountains of Mexico, it will retain its identity as it moves toward Texas. And here begins the transition from tropical storm system to northeast. There will be some big impact along the way.
In Texas, up to a few inches of rain will fall on already saturated ground. After having sufferedin the mountains less than a week ago, the Texans are preparing for the second round on Wednesday. This time the rain will not be nearly as heavy and it will not be that long. But lightning flooding is a danger in localized rains.
And that's only the beginning, when the storm penetrates into the deep south.
On Thursday, heavy thunderstorms will destroy some of the areas devastated by. Torrential rains and occasional tornadoes are possible from Louisiana to Mississippi, Alabama, Northern Florida and Georgia. The biggest threat to tornadoes will be the and South Georgia.
Then the system starts again. The remains of the Willa will merge with a cold front, around the corner and then embrace the east coast, becoming a major north easter for the entire East Coast as we head into the weekend.
The storm will start turning on Friday, bringing stormy weather to the southeastern US. Expect a cool and stormy rain for North and South Carolina and Virginia. Westward across the Appalachians to Kentucky and Tennessee will blow a cool wind in heavy rain and temperatures in the '40s.
This harsh weather will summon the east coast and make for a miserable Saturday in the northeast. At that point, the storm will be a full-fledged easter, and a very strong one for this start of the season. Gusts of 50-70 miles per hour and ocean waves up to 20 feet in length will lash coastal areas from Virginia to New England. Coastal floods are possible in normally endangered areas.
From Washington DC to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston it gets a stormy, cold day with a strong it is still early in the fall, so most of the trees are still full of leaves. That's why the season's nostrils are notorious for falling trees and power lines.
The temperatures in the far inland may just be cold enough for the first measurable snow of the season. A few wet flakes will probably fall as far south as the Poconos and Northern New Jersey.
The Snow continues farther north from the Catskills into the mountains of Northern New England. Some areas in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine could gain a foothold. The cement-like snow loads the power lines and, together with gusty winds, can cause isolated power failures.
The weather will improve on Sunday when the north pulls away, but it will leave very cold and windy autumn weather for the start of the Halloween week. Bundle, trick-or-treater!
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