Western states soaked, storm to head east

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – Heavy rain soaked southwestern states on Tuesday, causing mudslides and flooding, while sleet and snow socked the Midwest, forecasters said.

Eastern and mid-Atlantic states were braced for more snow at midweek that could bring a white Christmas and headaches for millions of holiday travelers, forecasters said.

“Energy from the West will help yield a winter storm that will go on to produce a Christmas week snowfall from the central Plains and Midwest to the mid-South and East Coast,” said Tim Ballisty, editorial meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

The storm is predicted to move east from Wednesday through Saturday, with heavy snow, said Accuweather.com.

“The storm is forecast to be over the Rockies and Intermountain West Wednesday, the Plains Thursday, the Midwest Friday, and along the mid-Atlantic coast on Christmas Day,” said Alex Sosnowski, senior Accuweather.com meteorologist.

“For portions of the Ohio Valley and central and southern Appalachians, this could transpire to deliver an old-fashioned classic Christmas Eve snowfall,” he said.

Holiday travelers could expect delays due to snow from Iowa to Virginia, Accuweather.com said.

In the western United states, moisture-laden Pacific storms were dumping heavy rains and snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood warnings and watches were in effect in central and southern California, southern Nevada, southern Utah and northwest Arizona, the Weather Service said.

“A series of moist Pacific systems will continue to inundate the western U.S. through the middle of the week,” the Weather Service said.

Rainfall was predicted of as much as 7 inches in some areas, the Weather Service said.

Mammoth Mountain in the Sierra Nevada has gotten more than 12 feet of snow, according to Accuweather.com.

Western states soaked, storm to head east