Two separate storm systems are forecast to merge over Christmas weekend as they meet up over the Rockies and the Plains states.
This merger will trigger a number of major weather impacts heading into the busiest stretch of the holiday weekend. Here is what you need to know about this potentially disruptive forecast.
How These Two Weather Systems Will Come Together
The first storm is currently dumping significant amounts of rainfall in Southern California and the Desert Southwest. The second system is setting up over the Pacific Northwest with the threat of rain and snow.
Each separate system is predicted to merge as they meet up over the Rockies and the High Plains over the weekend, possibly snarling traffic and causing other travel delays.
While travel may be compromised because of this monster system coming together, skiers and snowboarders headed up to the area mountain resorts will appreciate the good shot of accumulating snow just in time for holiday vacations.
Forecasters are still working to determine where the heaviest bands of snow will come together but it appears as if the mountain resorts in the southern Rockies will be the beneficiary of a solid portion of the wintry mix.
In addition to the southern Rockies, the interior portions of the Northwest will also see the chance of meaningful snow accumulation.
However, snow levels will remain high thanks to the absence of cold air over this part of the country. This is good news for motorists heading out for the extended weekend.