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article imageSevere Weather: When a Texas low and an Alberta clipper collide

By Karl Gotthardt     Feb 8, 2013 in Environment
Toronto - Texas and Alberta have many things in common. Both regions produce oil, raise cattle and for the most part are very conservative. It would appear though that when two weather systems, a Texas low and an Alberta clipper meet, there is a major clash.
There are severe weather warnings all across the US north east, with predicted snowfall not being measured in centimeters, but feet. The severe weather, which is expected to contain sustained winds that will create blizzard conditions. The system will be created when a Alberta clipper moving west to east collides with a Texas low moving north from the south.
Environment Canada has issued a weather warning for southern Ontario, including Toronto, forecasting heavy snowfall in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) along the highway 401 corridor during rush hour this morning.
This Texas low has intensified into a major winter storm as it approached Southern Ontario. An expanding area of heavy snow has moved into Southern Ontario and will spread eastward this morning.
The heaviest snow will occur during the morning rush hour along the highway 401 corridor from London across the Waterloo region and the Greater Toronto area. Heavy snow will spread quickly east during the day to affect Kingston through Brockville to Cornwall. Strong and gusty northeasterly winds will whip up the freshly fallen snow and result in very low visibility at times in blowing snow.
Total snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 centimetres are likely across the regions.
According to CNN, the storm, which will grip the northeast on Friday may lock people inside for the weekend. The storm, which is following a path near that of Hurricane Sandy, is expected to produce strong winds and cause trouble at sea. The storm could bring up to two feet of snow in cities like Boston.
The icy rage will commence Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service predicts, and will last into Saturday.
Snow could lock some residents indoors over the weekend.
In addition, it will produce high winds and stir up trouble at sea, pushing ocean waves onto land and flooding New England coastlines.
"It's going to be one of the strongest winter storms we've seen in a very long time," CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.
While the severe weather in southern Ontario is primarily caused by the the Texas low, as the system moves further east it will collide with a Texas low causing blizzard conditions, due to strong winds and heavy snow fall, with amounts measuring up to two feet, due to the massive moisture contained in the Texas low. CTV News reports that the system will move eastward, creating blizzard conditions in the Maritimes near midnight on Friday and has caused the cancellation of many flights out of Toronto's Pearson International airport. In the United States the anticipated winter storm has caused the cancellation of 2600 flights.
Many flights in and out of Toronto have also been cancelled. Toronto's Pearson International Airport is urging passengers to check flight information before heading out.
In the United States, the blizzard that's expected to leave up to 60 cm of snow from New York to Boston and beyond has already led to the cancellation of more than 2,600 flights. Those cancellations are expected to have ripple effects on Canadian flights throughout the day.
In Ontario, provincial police are urging people not to head out onto the roads if they don't have to.
CBC reports that the same system will bring up to 90cm (35 inches) of snow in the northeastern United States.
The same weather system is also poised to dump up to 90 cm of snow across the northeastern United States.
Environment Canada is warning commuters of hazardous traveling conditions due to near-zero visibility, and heavy and blowing snow.
From southern Ontario to Canada's Atlantic provinces and in the northeastern United States there will be traffic delays, flight disruptions and the subsequent task of digging out. This will be a major task for all jurisdictions involved.
The collision of these two system gives new meaning to the Texas slogan "Don't Mess with Texas."
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