Winter Arriving In US Ahead Of Schedule

November 9, 2014 by staff 

Winter Arriving In US Ahead Of Schedule, A massive storm expected to help push Arctic air toward the lower 48 states was moving slowly eastward after blasting parts of Alaska’s Aleutian chain with hurricane-force winds.

The tempest fueled by the remnants of Typhoon Nuri was forecast to play a role in generating a high-pressure system that will allow frigid air to blanket the central plains, starting with eastern Montana and the Dakotas on Sunday. The frigid temperatures are expected to spill south into the central plains on Monday.

The system was centered 220 miles northwest of Adak in the Aleutian chain, David Kochevar, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said early Sunday.

“It’s slowly dissipating over the Bering Sea,” he said.

Its strongest winds had diminished considerably and were recorded at just 45 mph in Adak and Shemya Island, Kochevar said.

The storm peaked Friday with sustained winds of 70 mph and gusts up to 96 mph on Shemya, forecasters said.

The weakened storm was only expected to bring gale-force winds to the Alaska mainland’s southwestern coast, typical for this time of year, said NWS meteorologist Shaun Baines.

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