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November 25, 2013

The Weather Channel Names Winter Storm Boreas

Major winter storm taking shape in the Southwest and expected to move east through the Thanksgiving holiday

The Weather Channel®, the nation's leading weather authority, today announced that Boreas, the second named winter storm of the season, is taking shape in the southwestern part of the United States. Boreas is expected to affect the Southwest over the next few days bringing heavy snow to New Mexico up through Colorado and Utah, and snow and ice in Texas, Oklahoma and parts of Kansas. Boreas is also expected to move slowly east throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, potentially causing severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the Southeast and freezing temperatures in the Northeast. Expected impacts include:

  • Deadly strong winds in California
  • Heavy, flooding rain in Arizona
  • Wintry effects extending very far south, all the way to the Mexico border
  • Precipitation accompanied by temperatures well below freezing, enhancing the potential for slippery roads and sidewalks
  • Enough ice to produce power outages in Texas
  • Heavy rain along Gulf Coast early-mid week, possibly with a little wintry precipitation on northern fringe
  • Potential for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes eastern Gulf coast and Southeast coast including Florida midweek
  • Possibility of storm turning up coast to Northeast on Wed with holiday travel being affected by coastal rain/fog, interior snow, and gusty winds
  • Holiday travel including roads and airports/hubs will be affected

The Weather Channel continues to fulfill its mission to help prepare and keep people safe during severe weather events, offering more comprehensive coverage than any other news and weather organization. Stick with The Weather Channel across all screens – TV, online, mobile and tablet – for up-to-the-minute updates on Boreas and its developments. Coverage includes: 

TV: The Weather Channel network will give viewers up-to-the-minute details on the storm’s path and possible effects. The Weather Channel coverage includes:

(NOTE: These locations are fluid and may change depending on Boreas’ path). 

ONLINE: Keep up with the latest news, videos and information on Boreas online at www.weather.com and www.wunderground.com. Visit Winter Storm Central available at weather.com/news/winter for news and tips on winter weather preparedness, winter safety, home protection and driving, and historical data on past storms.


  • Access the latest news, updates, videos and severe weather alerts on The Weather Channel apps across smartphone and tablet devices.
  • All mobile users will have access to severe coverage, Winter Storm Central and more via weather.com on mobile browsers.
  • Alerts: Sign up to receive free email or text message alerts for a local area from www.weather.com/alerts.


  • Twitter – Follow @twcbreaking and @weatherchannel for the latest on #Boreas.

The Weather Channel is the first national organization in North America to proactively name winter storms. The naming system, announced in October 2012, brings a more systematic approach to naming winter storms, similar to the way tropical storms have been named for years. The guidelines for naming winter storms are based on a combination of objective and subjective factors including significant impact due to snow or ice within three days, significant disruption to road and air travel and life-threatening conditions from wind, snow, ice, and cold. The ultimate decision to use one of the 26 names on the list is made by a small team of meteorologists experienced in global forecasting, winter weather and weather communications.

For more information, visit weather.com/news/winter