Texas low will leave behind 6,000-km swath of snow in its wake
Often it is said that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, this new, powerful storm originating from the Deep South state certainly holds up to that reputation.
Millions of people will feel the wrath of a potent Texas low this week, with Ontario and Quebec on the hook for 10-25 cm of snow through Thursday, along with some substantial impacts to travel.
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The Texas low will create a swath of snow that will start as far south as Texas and Mexico, extend north through the Great Lakes, push east into Atlantic Canada, and finally, end in Greenland. When you do the math, the track totals more than 6,000 km.
The system will affect approximately 100 million people over the course of its journey (Tuesday to Friday).
The low is already responsible for destructive, severe weather in the Gulf States. There were tornado reports on Tuesday in Texas and Louisiana, with the risk popping up again on Wednesday.
In fact, there was a significant tornado reported not far from Houston, Texas. According to American media reports, there are reports of damage and stranded motorists after a likely tornado moved through Tuesday. The resulting structural damage from a tornado in Pasadena, about 24 km southeast of Houston, is “catastrophic,” said local police Chief, Josh Bruegger, reported by CNN.
“In my 25 years here, this is probably the worst damage I’ve seen,” Bruegger told reporters.
So, what's responsible for driving this potent Texas low and its widespread impacts?
"This cold air diving out of Canada is the fuel responsible for this track and this low-pressure system. We anticipate more lows like this in the future," said Tyler Hamilton, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.