A blizzard this week has begun to affect places like New Mexico, forcing locals to abandon their travel plans — just for New Mexico,media CNET reported. The rest of the United States will also be hit by more blizzard conditions, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is using its satellites to track it.
NOAA shared a satellite view of the emerging storm on Wednesday, saying it shows how the weather will make it difficult or even impossible to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.
NOAA said storms on the East Coast could produce strong gusts that could damage the famous floating balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
NOAA also shared a dramatic swirl inglis of the “bomb cyclone” that formed on the West Coast on Tuesday. A “bomb cyclone” is a storm that rapidly strengthens within 24 hours.
But NOAA says the storm system is not just hitting coastal areas. The bad weather caused the snow layers of the Rocky Mountains to pile up. According to the Colorado Climate Center’s overall storm record, 16.5 inches of snow fell Tuesday night in Fort Collins.
“The National Weather Service’s branch structure in most areas is currently implementing extensive winter weather observations,” the Northwest Weather Service said in a forecast discussion Wednesday. These stormy weather is expected to continue into the weekend.