As Alaska Braces For Intense Storm, Mainland U.S. Could Witness Extreme Weather This Weekend

The United States is preparing to experience some extreme weather this weekend, if we are to believe forecasts from The National Weather Service. The reason for the extreme weather is due to a huge storm that is expected to hit Alaska over the weekend. While not a full-fledged hurricane, it is still likely to create hurricane force winds and cause 50-foot waves, reports Yahoo! News. The Inquisitr previously reported about the likelihood of winter setting in early this year.

The storm is caused by the remnants of typhoon Nuri that hit Japan earlier this week. That weather system has mixed with the cold air and the jet stream over the frigid waters of the northern pacific and led it straight towards Alaska, where it is expected to reach the western Aleutian Islands over the weekend.

If that wasn’t enough, this weather system is also likely to affect the lower 48 states by bringing in cold air from the north. Temperatures across the mainland United States is likely to dip this weekend, and the weather is likely to continue for a good part of the next week. Current estimates put the arrival time of the weather by late Friday or early Saturday. The weather system will eventually dissipate over the Bering Sea. If it continues its current path and trend, the storm is likely to become one of the most intensive storms ever to hit the North Pacific, says the National Weather Service’s Brian Hurley. Emergency responders in Alaska as well as the U.S. Coast Guard have been put on high alert and are on standby for any eventualities.

According to weather forecaster Bob Oravec, temperatures in Chicago, one of the worst affected cities during the last polar vortex, could dip as low as 30 to 35 degrees — which is almost 15 degrees below normal. Minneapolis is likely to hover in the frigid upper 20s.

“It looks like winter’s starting early,” Oravec added.

The storm is being called the Hurricane Sandy of the Alaskan coast. Although unlike Sandy, which wreaked havoc in the heavily populated eastern coast of the United States, this will hit the sparsely populated Alaskan coast. While it is unlikely to cause any loss of life, it is pertinent to note that it would hit a busy shipping route taken by vessels coming from eastern Asia. They have already been advised to steer clear of the path of the storm, or have been told to take refuge at the nearest harbors.

Are you prepared for this extreme weather that is likely to hit the U.S. soon?

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