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Winter Storm Nika: Freezing snow and ice hitting U.S. soon, 'an epic blizzard'

Winter Storm Nika is causing many residents across the U.S. to brace themselves for more freezing snow and ice to hit various parts of the country this week. The winter weather forecast on this latest snowstorm has set an advisory out for people living in the U.S. Northeast, Great Lakes, and Plains regions. The Inquisitr confirms this Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, that with many people still trying to recover from the rampage that was Winter Storm Maximum this weekend, Nika may be a new “epic blizzard” that folks need to be well prepared for in the coming days.

A winter storm covering the U.S. with ice
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Winter Storm Nika has left both meteorologists and the public at large shivering in their boots with a number of low temperatures, high chances of freezing precipitation, and snow predictions coming this way via winter weather forecasts. According to the Weather Channel, a number of social media sources are asserting that a new threat is heading this way this very week, “an epic winter storm that may become a blizzard up until this weekend.”

Although predictions for the actual amount of snowfall have varied — some estimates have been as little as a couple of inches of snow while others have even guessed at a whopping 20 inches at the higher end of the spectrum — all rumors do seem to point to Winter Storm Nika bringing a considerable amount of snowfall and ice in the next several days. Though Winter Storm Maximus has already passed through, it only served as a reminder to many U.S. residents that the cold winter time is still very much present.

It was the Weather Channel that also noted despite such threatening forecasts, it is ultimately difficult to ascertain just how much these “epic blizzards” may actually leave in their wake beyond a 48 hour time frame due to such predictions not being fully reliable. Nonetheless, Winter Storm Nika is something to definitely be ready for.

“As a general rule of thumb, be wary of any specific forecast graphic or article with explicit snow/ice totals beyond two or three days from any website. There can be complexities and uncertainties – the interaction of upper-level disturbances aloft, the magnitude and depth of subfreezing air near the surface, and, most importantly, the track of the surface low pressure system – that numerical forecast models frequently disagree on beyond a couple of days from the event.”

“Many people rely on long-term forecasting to help keep them ready for the weather to come. So what can citizens expect from Winter Storm Nika? Weather Channel‘s Chris Dolce stated that come Tuesday, the storm will “quickly shift from out of the Plains and head for the southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley” and could bring widespread snow, sleet and freezing rain. Dolce did say that some cities could see more than six inches of snow.”

A new name has even been given to this onslaught of storms this 2014 winter season: bombogenesis. While the name might sound strange, meteorologists say that it is rare such a heavy downfall of snow and ice has hit in succession in recent memory, and these massive storms are not unlike a “hurricane of snow.”

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