Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Latest Snowfall Hitting Northeast, Again

Snow was spreading into New England early Tuesday morning, after already having left a swath of 2 to 8 inches of snow across the Midwest yesterday.
A pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
last week caused by icy roads and people going
too fast for the conditions.  

It's another case of "Here we go again" in the East.

The storm that caused the snow yesterday is heading into New York State and starting to weaken as expected.

A new storm is trying to get going along the coast. You can already see a concentration of snow in and around New Jersey as the new coastal storm begins to crank up.

Up here in Vermont, the snow was just starting to move into the state as dawn broke. The forecasts from last night haven't changed much, with 1 to 3 inches expected by tonight in the northwestern part of the state to 3 to 6 inches in the southeastern half of the state.

Watch out, though. It seems like there's more car crashes on the highways in Vermont during a modest snowfall like this one than during a big storm. I guess people think a little snow isn't as slippery as a lot. But guess what? Only a bit of slush or ice can cause big problems.

I know I'm being Captain Obvious when I say that, but it's worth mentioning because I don't think some people get it.

They've expanded the winter storm warning beyond the borders of New Hampshire and Maine down into central Massachucetts. The whole winter storm warning region will get 4 to 8 inches of snow today.

That's not huge, but with all the snow already on the ground and the worst of the snow probably hitting near the afternoon rush hour, those regions will have some difficulties today.

The storm system will head out tonight. Another weak little thing will come through Wednesday, dropping a dusting to an inch or two of snow on Vermont and the rest of northern New England, with maybe a little rain in teh valleys as that long awaited, brief thaw starts coming in.

We get a relatively sunny, warm day on Thursday. with temperatures well into the 30s to near 40 in northern New England and in the 40s more to the south.

That gusty rainstorm is still expected all over the Northeast, all the way into northern New England Friday, (possibly preceded by some freezing rain and sleet in parts of northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire late Thursday night)

After that, it's a gradual cooldown over the weekend, and we revert back next week to that chilly weather pattern we've gotten used to all winter.

Some Near Record Snowfalls, Other Places, Meh!

Some of the big cities that are getting snow, like Philadelphia and New York, are already having one of their snowiest Februaries, and getting toward being among the snowiest winters on record.

New York's Central Park has been about as snowy this winter so far as normally very white Burlington Vermont. As of Monday both New York and Burlington had coincidentally each had 55.6 inches of snow so far this winter.

If it doesn't snow any more this season in New York, it wll be the 8th snowiest winter on record there.  Burlington's snowfall so far this winter comes to just about normal, and there, no snow records seem ready to fall.

Philadelphia has also had almost exactly the same amount of snow as both New York and Burlington, with 55.4 inches as of Monday. That's a whopping 39" above normal for Philadelphia and this, too, will be among the snowiest winters on record in Philadelphia.

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