I know I can sometimes annoy you readers in the temperate zones with my not-so-subtle reminders that I live in a subtropical climate and that a cold day is when it’s in the 60’s F, but the train of winter storms and sub-Arctic cold across a lot of the country is no joke, especially for those of you who are susceptible to cold-weather health issues.
Via Weather Underground, here comes another one.
We are watching for the potential for a potentially major winter storm to affect a long swath of the Deep South this week – including places better known for their beaches, balmy breezes and hurricanes. This will include some of the areas affected by Winter Storm Kronos just last week – but it includes millions of people farther east as well.
The threat stems from the combination of a bitterly cold arctic air mass plunging southward behind a sharp cold front, while moisture streams northward from the Gulf Coast. As the moisture crosses into the cold air behind the front, a swath of frozen and freezing precipitation is likely to break out.
Already, the National Weather Service in Charleston, S.C. has issued winter storm watches for the South Carolina Lowcountry and parts of southeast Georgia, including Charleston and Savannah, Ga. It’s the first winter storm watch issued for those two cities since Feb. 11, 2010.
These are just part of a swath of winter storm watches stretching from southeast North Carolina to southeast Texas. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Houston for the second time in just five days.
Stay inside, stay warm, and cuddle up with your pets if you have them.