Huge storm pounding West Coast as East sees warm-up

PHOTO: Joseph Keller, of Beaverton, Ore., stands on an outcropping of rocks as massive waves crash ashore at Shore Acres State Park, Jan. 18, 2018. A high surf warning for the Oregon coast was issued with breaker heights of 30 to 35 feet expected.PlayZuma/Splash News
WATCH Rescue crews rush to save man swept away by intense waves in Oregon

A series of storms have lined up to bring rain, snow, wind and more waves to the West Coast over the weekend.

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Waves of 20 to 40 feet pounded the Pacific Northwest coast from Washington to Oregon, producing flooding and damage to coastal cities. At least one man was swept to sea in Depoe Bay, Oregon, and presumed dead after the Coast Guard stopped a search for him late Thursday, ABC affiliate KATU reported.

On Friday, 15 states were under winter storm watches, warnings and advisories for winter storm moving from the West Coast to the Plains and Midwest through the weekend.

Heavy snow will hit the Rockies on Saturday, as another storm approaches the Pacific Northwest.ABC News
Heavy snow will hit the Rockies on Saturday, as another storm approaches the Pacific Northwest.

Early this morning, the first two storms began to bring snow to the West, including the mountains outside of Los Angeles and San Diego, where several inches of snow could accumulate Friday.

There are 17 states under alerts due to the storms hitting the West on Friday.ABC News
There are 17 states under alerts due to the storms hitting the West on Friday.

The storm that brought coastal impacts to the Pacific Northwest Thursday is now moving inland, bringing snow to the mountains, including the Sierra and Rocky Mountains, where winter storm warnings are in effect from Friday night into Saturday.

Huge waves in Depoe Bay, Oregon, washed one man out to sea on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.Brad Gnuschke/Facebook
Huge waves in Depoe Bay, Oregon, washed one man out to sea on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

By Saturday, the storm system will be moving through the Rockies with heavy snow expected to add up to 1 to 2 feet locally. Snow will be falling in Salt Lake City and Denver as well.

Rain and wind will impact the Pacific Northwest on Sunday.ABC News
Rain and wind will impact the Pacific Northwest on Sunday.

The storm system will move into the Great Plains by Sunday, strengthening and bringing a chance for heavy wet snow to the western Great Lakes and the Northern Plains, including the Twin Cities.

Heading south, thunderstorms are possible from Dallas to Oklahoma City. Some of the storms could be strong to severe with gusty winds and lightning.

At the same time, a new storm system will bring more rain, snow, high surf and wind to the Pacific Northwest beginning Sunday afternoon.

As much as 2 inches of rain could fall in Northern California, while the Rockies will see as much as a foot of snow, through the weekend.ABC News
As much as 2 inches of rain could fall in Northern California, while the Rockies will see as much as a foot of snow, through the weekend.

Some rain is expected today even in Southern California, around Montecito, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, but most rainfall amounts will be less than one-quarter of an inch.

Snow will be measured in feet in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Rockies, where up to 2 feet is possible.

The last day of cold temperatures will be Friday before a warm-up in the East.ABC News
The last day of cold temperatures will be Friday before a warm-up in the East.

Major warm-up in the East

The final morning of freezing temperatures in Florida and the Gulf Coast comes Friday.

Wind chill readings are still relatively cold for the South this morning with 20s and 30s in Florida and the teens for Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee.

A January thaw will bring temperatures in the 60s and 70s to the South and 40s and 50s for the Midwest and Northeast.ABC News
A January thaw will bring temperatures in the 60s and 70s to the South and 40s and 50s for the Midwest and Northeast.

But you won’t have to wait too long for warmer temperatures, as already a major warm-up is on the way for the Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and the Northeast.

Temperatures will be in the 70s from Texas to Florida and in the 50s and 60s for most of the mid-South.

The temperatures are expected to be in the 40s and 50s from the Midwest into the Northeast.

PHOTO: Downtown Chicago skyline is seen through ice-covered trees on Northerly Island, Jan. 18, 2018. Extreme cold weather hit the midwest this past week with many trees along the lakefront covered with icicles. Wang Ping/Xinhua/Newscom
Downtown Chicago skyline is seen through ice-covered trees on Northerly Island, Jan. 18, 2018. Extreme cold weather hit the midwest this past week with many trees along the lakefront covered with icicles.

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