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Blizzard Warning – Winter Storm Stella Gears Up to Deliver More Than a Foot of Snow

Blizzard warnings have been issued for a part of the Northeast coast, including New York City, in advance of Winter Storm Stella which will hammer the Northeast with more than a foot of snow and strong winds Monday night-Tuesday. Stella will also deliver a swath of snow to the Midwest through Monday.

This major nor'easter will take shape as a strong area of low pressure develops off the East Coast late Monday in response to jet stream energy moving through the eastern states. That low may undergo bombogenesis as it moves northward along the coast through Tuesday night, meaning there will be a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure which indicates strengthening.

This major nor'easter will take shape as a strong area of low pressure develops off the East Coast late Monday in response to jet stream energy moving through the eastern states. That low may undergo bombogenesis as it moves northward along the coast through Tuesday night, meaning there will be a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure which indicates strengthening.

One trend in the latest forecast data is that the low may now track closer to the coast. That could cause some locations, including near parts of the Interstate 95 corridor, to change to rain or sleet for a time during the storm and cut down on accumulations where that occurs.

Below, we have the forecast for impacts in the Northeast followed by an overview of what to expect from Stella in the Midwest.

Stella's Northeast Timing

Monday Night

  • Snow will begin to develop in the mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, as the coastal low from Stella develops and intensifies.
  • The snow could be heavy at times overnight with rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
  • Locations near Interstate 95, including parts of the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, could change to rain or sleet for a time.
  • By late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, snow may develop as far north as New York City or southern New England.
  • Light to moderate snow will also impact the eastern Great Lakes region.
  • Travel should be avoided Monday night in all of the above-mentioned areas.

Winter Stella Temperatures

 

Tuesday

  • A large swath of the Northeast will see snowfall, heavy at times, from Stella during the daytime hours.
  • Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are possible near and northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor.
  • Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions are possible in coastal areas.
  • Road and airport travel are likely to be snarled across the region. Some roads may become impassable.
  • Strong winds (gusts over 40 or 50 mph), and the weight of the snow could cause some tree damage and power outages.

 

Winter Stella Temperatures Tuesday

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Winter’s revenge? Snow Might Be Coming This Weekend

Snow late this week could be the first of several disruptive snowstorms to parade through the midwestern and eastern United States in mid-March.

After the dramatic upswing in temperatures for the first half of this week, a flip in the weather pattern will return the threat of snow starting late this week. Some communities could go from experiencing highs in the 50s and lower 60s F at the peak of the warmth the next few days to utilizing snow shovels and revving up snowplows.

“The Northeast has had everything from frigid cold this weekend and warm spells early this week but has largely avoided snow recently,” Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said. “But late this week, a storm will sneak in from the west, and it could bring snow,” Abrams said.

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While it is not likely to strengthen into a major winter storm, the system could still spread a narrow swath of accumulating snow from part of the lower Great Lakes on Thursday to a portion of the mid-Atlantic by early Friday. In the Northeast, odds currently favor the snow streaking in between the Interstate 70 and 80 corridors.

This swath of snow may only be 100 miles in width from north to south. A slight shift in the system’s track could mean the difference between disruptions and slick travel to dry weather holding. "Where the snow falls at night in the central Appalachians and first thing Friday morning along the upper part of the mid-Atlantic coast, there is the potential for a few inches and slippery roads," according to Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Where the snow falls light enough during the day, it could have difficulty sticking to roads due to the stronger March sun. “Along with the late-week threat, there can be additional threats this weekend and next week,” Abrams said. A storm bears watching from early this weekend over part of the Midwest to late this weekend in part of the mid-Atlantic. The weekend storm could be more or less disruptive than the late-week system.

If the storm this weekend is the stronger of the first two storms, more substantial snow could fall on parts of the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic.

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Winter Storm Hammers Northeast With Blizzard Conditions, Over a Foot of Snow in Six States

Winter Storm Niko brought heavy snow, blizzard conditions and high winds to a swath of the Northeast during a brief, one-day siege on February 9, 2017.

Niko's intense snowfall, following record highs the previous day, prompted thousands of flights cancellations and numerous schools closed from parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York into New England.

After being classified as a named winter storm on Feb. 7, a stripe of snow blanketed parts of the central Plains and Ohio Valley, with generally light to moderate snow.

Around 2 inches of snow had fallen in Omaha, Nebraska, and in parts of the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area during the morning of Feb. 8. A stripe of northern Nebraska picked up heavier snow, led by 10 inches of snow in Ainsworth.

Wednesday afternoon, 2.1 inches of snow was measured at Indianapolis International Airport. By that evening, Dayton, Ohio, had picked up 1 inch of snow.

The build up of snow has caused motorists issues on the road and a recommended ice melter like Safe Paw or traction agent  like Traction Magic can ensure you don't get stuck at home.

February 9th - Northeast

Niko quickly moved into the Northeast by early on Thursday, Feb. 9. Its rapidly-intensifying low pressure system raced from the Delmarva peninsula northeast into the Atlantic, well off the coast of Long Island and Cape Cod, but close enough to spread blizzard conditions inland.

Niko underwent "bombogenesis", which is defined as a drop in central pressure of the surface low of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less, off the Eastern Seaboard when it's pressure dropped 29 millibars in 24 hours. Pressure fell from 1002 millibars (mb) to 973 mb from 7pm Feb. 8 to 7pm Feb. 9.

This was the first blizzard in Boston since Jan. 27, 2015, which lasted 9 hours. In Providence, blizzard conditions were recorded for more than five hours.

Here is a sampling of the top and notable snow reports by state in the Northeast:

  • Connecticut: 19.0 inches in East Hartford; 15.5 inches in Windsor Locks (Bradley Field); 10.3 inches in Bridgeport
  • Delaware: 1.1 inches in Wilmington
  • Maine: 24 inches near Cooper; 22 inches in Gouldsboro; 7.5 inches at the Portland Jetport
  • Maryland: 12.3 inches in Redhouse; 9 inches in Oakland
  • Massachusetts: 19.0 inches in East Longmeadow; 16.0 inches in Springfield; 12.9 inches in Worcester; 10.7 inches at Boston-Logan Airport
  • New Hampshire: 17.0 inches in Nottingham; 16.5 inches in Merrimack; 15.0 inches in Litchfield; 8.0 inches in Concord
  • New Jersey: 12.5 inches near Denville Township; 7.8 inches in Newark; 0.3 inch in Atlantic City
  • New York: 18 inches in Feura Bush and Voorheesville; 14.3 inches in Islip; 11.2 inches at Albany Int'l Airport; 10 inches at La Guardia Airport; 9.4 inches in Central Park; 8.3 inches at JFK Airport
  • Pennsylvania: 13 inches near Bear Creek; 9 inches in Mt. Pocono; 7.5 inches in Scranton-Wilkes-Barre; 7.1 inches in Allentown; 3.6 inches in Harrisburg; 2 inches in Philadelphia
  • Rhode Island: 14.5 inches in North Foster; 11.9 inches at T.F. Green Airport near Providence
  • Vermont: 12 inches in Wilmington; 1.6 inches in Burlington

 

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Winter Storm Warnings Issued For Philadelphia, New York City, Boston – Are you Prepared?

Winter Storm Niko will likely bring heavy snow to a sizable swath of the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor Wednesday night through Thursday. Some areas could pick up a half-foot or more of snow in a short amount of time. Before the storm hits we recommend being prepared with the following items:

  • Shop ahead of time to have 3-5 days of non-perishable food on hand plus enough bottled water for one gallon per day per person
  • Place flashlights with fresh batteries in several locations where they can be easily reached if you lose power in the dark
  • Keep a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio on hand to listen to emergency weather information
  • Keep your mobile phone battery fully charged for maximum life in a power outage, and if you do lose power, use the phone only for necessary calls
  • Have a 5 to 7-day supply on hand of required prescription medications
  • If you have a fireplace, have a supply of wood on hand
  • If you do not have a fireplace, consider having an alternate method of heating such as a kerosene or propane heater approved for indoor use
  • Stock up on baby supplies including food and diapers
  • Ditto for pet supplies, and bring outdoor pets indoor - use Safe Paw Ice Melt to protect our furry friends

The snow will make for a difficult commute and will likely trigger significant flight delays Thursday in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Winter storm warnings have now been posted by the National Weather Service for all of southern New England, southward into eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and parts of northern Delaware and northern Maryland. This includes the Boston, Providence, Hartford, New York City and Philadelphia.

Winter storm watches extend into southern New Hampshire and coastal Maine and south into parts of northern Maryland north of Baltimore and Washington D.C., as well as parts of eastern West Virginia.

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Winter Storm Decima – Heavy Snow and Ice Expected in Midwest & Northeast

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According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the arctic air mass will spread from the northern Plains and Midwest to the Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast as a rapid arctic cold front.

High temperatures will be between 11 and 16.7 °C (20 and 30 °F) below average in the north-central US on December 14 and will spread eastward on December 15. The front will likely induce further lake effect snow downwind of the Great Lakes later in the day into December 15 (local time) while an arctic high-pressure field will produce another arctic air blast into the northern High Plains by December 16.

Winter storm warnings have been put in effect in regions between southern Washington and Oregon, Siskiyous, northern California, and parts of Idaho while winter storm watches are in place from the Sierra Nevada, California to parts of Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

The energy of the jet stream is expected to produce a low pressure field over the Plains, and move northeastward trough the central and the eastern US. The moisture associated with the system will meet the cold air from the north and form a high-pressure system over the eastern states. The resulting air mass could produce snowfall, sleet and freezing rain.

Dangerous travel conditions are expected across most of the central US into the coming weekend.  Blizzard conditions could affect Denver and Chicago while strong snowfall will likely cause traffic disruptions across the Rockies, Northern Plains, and Upper Midwest.

"Motorists and airline passengers may want to explore an alternate or more southern route as confidence is high that there will be widespread, major travel disruptions with this storm," said Brett Anderson, and AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist.

Dangerous driving conditions are expected around Chicago from December 15, and in Detroit on December 16. Freezing conditions, resulting from the remnants of rain which will change to snow are anticipated on December 17 in St. Louis. Freezing conditions are also in store for the area west and east across the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes on December 17 and 18.

 

 

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Winter Storm Alert – Forecast calls for heavy snow in Quad-cities, Illinios

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The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Quad City metro area including Cedar, Clinton. Muscatine, Scott, Whiteside, Rock Island and Henry, Ill. counties. The warning calls for heavy snow and is in effect until 3 p.m. this afternoon.

The NWS says the heaviest snowfall is expected through 2 p.m. Snow accumulations could reach 6 to 8 inches.

Accumulating wet snow will lead to hazardous travel conditions. Roadways will be slick due to snow and visibility could be less than one quarter mile at times.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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Will The United States Get More Snow In February?

There is a likelihood that multiple storms in the coming week could merge with colder air settling into the east of the United States. This will in turn bring snow to some parts of the region. After almost-record warmth experienced in mid last week, colder air is expected to arrive into stages from later this week going into February. 
 
Gentle weather expected this weekend will change to more extreme in the course of next week. Several storms could result that are likely to have a considerable impact in parts of eastern US. Anywhere from late in the weekend up to next week, the jet stream will plunge southwards into the central states. This stream of strong winds aloft will lead to arctic air pouring southward over the Midwest and the Plains. 
 
According to meteorologist Henry Margusity, should that storm strengthen fast enough and pull in cold air at the last minute, there is a likelihood of a change to wet snow occurring. This would take place in the eastern parts of South and North Carolina during Sunday’s storm. Also, a second storm is likely to have wintry effect for the Northeast and the mid-Atlanta. 
 
By Tuesday of next week, the air is likely to be sufficiently cold enough to induce snow farther east, probably right into the Atlantic coast. All in all, how fast the formation of second storm occurs will determine the extent of the mid-Atlantic region gets accumulating snow. The chances of this accumulating snow and the likelihood of a significant snowstorm will rise further north from the mid-Atlantic’s upper part to New England. This will span between Tuesday and early Wednesday. 

Make sure to have Safe Paw ice melter ready for the storm.
 
The upcoming storm could trigger some snow during Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. As is the case with any pattern change, a period of uncertainty exists as well as likelihood for swings in weather forecast. Meteorologist Elliot Abrams admits that it is too early to predict what will happen until it is gauged how the two storms and the colder weather will interact with one another. 
 
Abrams is of the opinion that the driving force that will push the storm out to the eastern sea is an Alberta clipper system. This is a system whose origin is near the province of Alberta in western Canada. These fast-moving systems that are often without moisture can bring light to moderate rain and snow. 
 
The blizzard that was experienced in the US east coast in late January could have been the sequel to the above-mentioned event. Given that February is often the snowiest month of the winter, there is likelihood that it will be even snowier this year. Weather experts say that this could be due to the El Nino weather phenomenon. The historic blizzard brought much of densely populated East Coast to a standstill. A snowy gridlock closed businesses and government operations in Washington for almost three days. With more snow expected in February, there could be an increase in demand for home heating fuels, and more people are likely to stay at home. 

Make sure to have Safe Paw ice melter ready for the storm.

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How Much Snow Did Winter Storm Jonas Bring?

Winter has been known to produce some of the most severe snowstorm in North America in the past few years most probably due to global warming. Mid January saw the highest ever recorded snow levels for over a decade in most parts of North America especially the eastern section thanks to snowstorm Jonas.

New Records Set
Previous records in the East Coast were no match compared to Jonas. Winter Storm Jonas became the first ever snowstorm to bring up to 2 feet or more of snow to parts of NYC and Baltimore. Previous records stood at about 20 inches in some sections of Washington DC, Baltimore, Pennsylvania and NYC which dated back to 1996. However, Jonas came along with new records in these cities. Washington D.C. for instance recorded snowfall records of up to 2 feet (24 inches) and above bringing the urban city to a halt. New snow fall records were also reported in Baltimore, Pennsylvania, New York and JFK Airport.

Damages and Casualties
Widespread effects and casualties were reported across the East Coast region with transportation being the major casualty thanks to over 20 inches (51cm) of snow covering most parts of the cities.

A total of 55 fatalities were reported in Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York City, Washington DC, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Virginia recorded the highest number of fatalities with over 12 people reportedly killed. It’s estimated that more than 478,000 people lost power with over 147,000 households located in North Carolina. This was attributed to wind gusts traveling at speeds of up to 47 mph which damaged numerous trees and brought down power lines.

In Glengarry Maryland, snow depth of up to 42 inches (110 cm) was recorded making it the highest ever snow record to date in Maryland. In Baltimore, a large section of the Ocean City fishing pier was destroyed by high winds and rough seas. The National Guard was called in to offer assistance in West Virginia where Interstate 77 was completely shut down.

Coastal flooding took place in New Jersey and Delaware during the early morning of January 23 which saw new tide records set. Delaware recorded high tides of up to 32 km of dunes along the oceanfront section. This led to emergency evacuation in parts of Oak Orchard and Long Neck.

An estimated economic loss of between $500 million and $3 billion was recorded in the affected areas. It’s also estimated that the airline industry lost up to $200 Million dollars in revenue. The positive side of the storm is the fact that it occurred over the weekend when most businesses were closed.

Many schools especially in DC, Maryland, Baltimore, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia remained closed throughout the three days storm. Some government offices were also closed in Washington DC.

How to Eradicate Snow around Your Household Vicinity
It’s easy to eradicate snow using Safe Paw Ice Melter. Safe Paw is a technologically advanced salt free pack which is 100% safe on your pets and building structures and guarantees you 100% effectiveness. It’s also available in 4 different packs namely pet, grocery, hardware and mass merchandise stores.

How Safe Paw Works
Safe Paw has a two layer timed release action which functions by melting the ice and breaking the surface tension. The crystal internal core penetrates the ice and destabilizes it leading to its breakdown. It also attracts sunlight to speed up the ice melting process during the day.

Once the ice has broken been down, an invisible shield is left intact for up to 3 days. This allows easy shoveling which also prevents sliding and eventual accidents.

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Wintry Blasts To Slick South & Cold, Snow to Seize Northeast

Old man winter is making an appearance this year with some cold temperatures, sleet, snow, and ice. This comes as a blast of Arctic air dips down from Canada. According to AccuWeather.com, this is right on schedule. This year’s predictions have winter shaping up to be a brutal monster in areas. It seems Mother Nature has the U.S. in her grip and will command a repeat performance of the dismal winter of 2013.

The South is expected to see ice storms and snowy days on the increase. The Tennessee Valley will not only see colder temperatures than usual, but will also bear the brunt of higher than normal wintery precipitation, in the form of sleet, ice, and snow. Cold snaps will stretch into the southern states and will extend its reach as far South as Florida. This could cause significant damage to citrus crops and other commodities as well.

The Northeast had better hold onto its hat, as last year’s record setting low temperatures that were below zero for extended periods will again plague the area. The Northeast will see snow and ice storms similar to last year, as more Polar Vortex’s forge their way south out of Canada. Old man winter and Mother Nature must really have something against the Northeast since this is the second year in a row that winter is expected to shatter records. The bright side is that most of the seriously bad weather will hold off until after the holidays, after making a brief appearance in November and December.

The West will see a mild winter. Dryer conditions will continue in the Northwest, which is bad news for the drought that is already extreme.

Southwest conditions will be wet, but with average temperatures. It won’t however be wet enough to have a big impact on the drought that they are also seeing. It will undoubtedly increase wildfire potential for the summer of 2015.

The Plains will be ensconced in a very cold and icy pattern this winter. The upper plains will see temperatures plunge to the sub zero’s for days at a time, with no relief in sight.

The Southern plains will be an icy mess beginning around the first part of January and continuing through the winter with small breaks in between storms.

Now is the time to prepare for winter weather before it hits. Make sure you have all the supplies you will need to prepare in the event of a snow or ice event. You should make a preparedness kit for each vehicle as well as one for your home. Things you want to include in each kit are, flashlights, batteries, a battery operated radio, non-perishable foods, water, blankets, and anything else you feel your family would need to survive an event. In addition, it would be handy to have a deicer in the event you need to get out and about. Safe Paw Ice Melt is recommended, not only is it safe for pets and the environment, but it melts ice and for days.

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Winter Snow Forecast for 2014-2015

The minute the cool crisp Autumn breeze hits the air and the leaves begin to fall, everyone becomes curious what the winter will bring.  In certain parts of the country, especially those that see their fair share of the cold and snow, you can just hear the moans and groans as weather forecasters across the country begin to release their winter weather predictions.

So, what does "Old Man" Winter hold in store for your section of the country, at least according to the Farmer's Almanac:

• Mid-Atlantic:  Cooler than normal, with above normal snowfall.  Guess that means some possible major storms for some metropolitan areas.

Northeast:  Cooler than normal temperatures, with above normal snowfall.  Doesn't it seem like this is always the forecast for the Northeast?  Sure, and just after National Grid said to expect lower heating prices this season because they heard it predicted that it would be a little warmer than normal this winter.

Southwest:  Warmer than normal, with above average precipitation.  Snowfall will be right around average.  So, it goes without saying, plan any possible trips to California accordingly, if you are looking to avoid the areas that are prone to snow.

North Plains:  Cooler than normal, with average snowfall.  This may be surprising for some, as most associate lots of snow with Fargo, North Dakota.

South Plains:  Cooler than normal, with slightly above average snowfall.  Part of the South Plains includes northwest Texas.  Kind of surprising because one usually does not associate Texas with snowfall, considering how close to the equator it truly is.

Midwest and Great Lakes:  The Midwest and the Great Lakes will experience slightly cooler than normal temperatures, with normal snowfall.  The exact same can be said for the Ohio Valley.

Southeast:  Cooler than normal temperatures, with wetter than normal precipitation.  Snowfall will be slightly above normal.  So, does this mean parts of Florida may experience snow?  If so, cover the citrus crops.

Now that you have read these forecasts, please keep in mind, they are only predictions.  Winter weather can change in the blink of an eye, or at least that is what the National Weather Service tells us when there are dangerous winter storms blowing in, and they are describing road conditions.  Of course, a change in the wind direction in the winter can completely blow a weather prediction out of proportion.