Winter Storm System Across The Central United States

December 15, 2022
A photo of dark storm clouds

Hurricanes we can see, we can prepare for, but these things, we don’t have a way to prepare for them.

Resident of Arabi, Louisiana, Lauren Edward Denny, on tornadoes which swept through the Southern United States on Wednesday, killing three people and injuring dozens of others.

Why It Matters: The deadly tornado which impacted Louisiana was one of more than four dozen tornadoes reported this week, and was spawned from a major winter storm system that has been moving across the Central United States. As of Thursday morning, more than 40 million people across the U.S. were under winter storm advisories or warnings.

Big Picture: The storm is expected to move into the Northeast U.S. on Friday, bringing 6-12 inches of snow (up to 2 feet in areas located in higher elevations) before moving away from the region on Sunday. Axios reports: "In the wake of this storm, widespread colder-than-average conditions are set to sweep coast to coast later this month and last through to Christmas."

Something To Consider: Not only are the storms impacting millions of people, but the hazardous weather has the potential to impact travel and shipping amid the busy holiday season. According to flight-tracking website, FlightAware, more than 300 flights were cancelled and more than 6,000 flights were delayed across the U.S. on Thursday as poor weather conditions impact not only air travel, but also cause road and school closures.

Tornado Sweeps Through New Orleans as Death Toll From Storms Reaches 3 (The New York Times)

Storm Will Bring Rain, Ice and Snow to the Northeast (The New York Times)

Major storm sweeping U.S. brings blizzards, flooding and tornadoes (Axios)

National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (NOAA)

by Jenna Lee,