Millions of Americans face a Christmas mega-storm with ‘tropical storm force’ winds and copious rain and snow. Holidaymakers may reconsider travel options due to disruptive weather till Christmas weekend.
This is a major storm event, fuelled by very warm, moist Gulf of Mexico air. It will bring a lot of rain, which will increase the risk of flooding as it moves up the eastern US this week.
However, high winds and massive cumulonimbus clouds leading to thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible with this event.
Colder air could deliver significant snow to the Great Lakes, New England, and New York. Warmer-than-average sea temperatures following the hot summer will fuel the storm.
Storm will coincide with Christmas vacation, when millions will hit roads, airways, and travel networks. AAA forecasts 115 million Americans will drive and airports will be busiest ever at this time of year.
While ripping along the east coast this week, the superstorm is forecast to strengthen before dying down around the weekend.