Road conditions: Colorado roads expected to remain cloudy and rainy through Thursday, weather forecasters say
The Colorado weather system has slowed down for the moment, but is expected to persist for the rest of the week.
A few areas remain under a tornado watch, and the National Weather Service in Portland says it will continue to monitor conditions.
“There are no immediate concerns for anyone,” it said in a statement.
Forecasters in California are still monitoring the storm, and they are advising drivers to avoid the area.
A tornado watch was issued in the central part of the state Thursday night, with the National Hurricane Center saying the storm could cause some damage.
A strong storm system has been strengthening over the past several days.
The storm is expected over the western half of the United States by Thursday morning, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
It is expected as far west as Virginia.
The weather service warned people in California to avoid heavy snowfall, wind and hail.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for the central and northern parts of the Golden State.
A snow warning is also in effect in parts of central and southern California.
A storm warning was in effect Friday for portions of Northern California.
It was expected to be in effect until the afternoon.
A new storm system is expected later in the week, but will be less powerful than the previous one.
The National Weather System Center in Seattle says it is expected near the northern coast of California by Thursday night.
The center also warned that the storm is likely to move southward and may cause some isolated flooding in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.
A warm, moist air mass is moving into the central United States, bringing some precipitation.
The cold air is pushing moisture from the Midwest and western states over into northern California.
“We’re expecting a lot of snow, a lot,” meteorologist Michael Wachter said of the cold air over the region Thursday night in San Francisco.
The forecast also said that rain is likely in the forecast, with some areas getting as much as 1 to 2 inches of snow.
The warm air is expected along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, bringing heavier precipitation to coastal areas.
A cold front will move into the Pacific later Thursday.
The front will bring heavy rain and freezing temperatures to coastal California.
The heavy snow, ice and sleet could be a significant problem for the city of San Jose, as it will face more than three feet of snow on its streets.
“It’s going to be very cold.
I don’t think I’ll be able to go outside,” resident Laura Garcia said.
Garcia said she had just gotten out of work at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday and is heading home to get her car fixed.
The wind gusts could reach 50 miles per hour, the weather service said.
It warned people to expect snow.
“I know there’s going for a big storm over the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to snow.
It will,” Wachters said.
The winds are expected to weaken Thursday evening, the forecast center said.
Heavy snow is expected Friday night and into Saturday, as a cold front moves toward the west, bringing the coldest air.
The snow will be heavy and icy as it moves southward, the center said, and could last for days.
“The warm air will move westward, and it will bring some snow,” Wacke said.