US blizzard warning over East Coast

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Carolinas and Virginia are on alert for snow this week

US forecasters are warning that blizzard-like snow could hit East Coast states this week as storms continue to drench the West Coast.

After snow and thunderstorms battered the Southeast, a deep low pressure system and accompanying storm has now advanced northeastward into Virginia.

Late on Friday a strong low pressure system and accompanying storm crossed to the west of Hawaii, bringing with it some heavy rains, strong winds and flooding.

A powerful storm brought up to 12ins (30cm) of snow to the Carolinas earlier this week.

The National Weather Service in Charlotte, North Carolina, is calling for heavy rain over most of the region with hail, lightning and power outages.

The last blizzard in this area was in 1972, when the “Carolinas Blizzard” fell on the day of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

The latest storm is known as a pixie storm because it is a series of storms that often follow the same type of low pressure system that led to last week’s devastating and record-breaking snowstorm in the Carolinas.

The states that could be affected are Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, New England, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina.

The storm could bring snow accumulations of more than eight inches (20cm) to the lower and middle Appalachians and mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, especially towards the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border.

As the storm intensifies on Saturday morning, it could bring strong winds with gusts as high as 60mph.

It also could bring ice to parts of the region, although this is less likely due to cooler temperatures.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Strong winds and rain fell on Friday in the Carolinas

Additionally, it is predicted that a low pressure system will move into the middle and upper Mississippi Valley on Sunday, bringing rain to Kansas and Texas in addition to portions of Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, in California, a ridge of high pressure is blocking moisture from moving into the state from the tropics, and thus unseasonably warm weather is expected to continue in central and southern California.

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