It’s worth checking the Forecaster’s Discussion for mid-day Sunday (issued two to four times a day) for their thinking on how this storm could go…..oh, and did a mention low temperatures near zero F Tuesday morning?
DO NOT SEE A BIG SHIFT IN THE MODELS THIS RUN...AND GENERAL AGREEMENT IS NOTED. LOW PRESSURE WILL PASS TO THE SOUTH MONDAY. ANALYSIS OF LOW LEVEL THERMAL FIELDS SUGGESTS SNOW SUNDAY NIGHT...WITH A WINTRY MIX FOR THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE FORECAST AREA MONDAY MORNING. EXPECT A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN FOR A PORTION OF THE AREA. THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND COULD SEE A CHANGEOVER TO PLAIN RAIN FOR A TIME. OVERALL...EXPECT 6 TO 8 INCHES NEAR THE COAST...AND 8 TO 12 INLAND. SOME LIGHT ICING IS POSSIBLE NEAR THE COAST AS WELL. FOR LONG ISLAND AND NYC...THESE ACCUMULATIONS ARE A TOTAL. THE ACTUAL AMOUNTS COULD BE LOWER DUE TO RAIN/FREEZING RAIN CHANGEOVER. FOR THE COAST...SNOW TO BRIEF PD OF RAIN/FZRA AND IP...BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO SNOW MONDAY AFTN. INTERIOR...MAINLY SNOW WITH A PERIOD OF SLEET MIXED IN MONDAY MORNING. TIMING FOR HEAVIEST PRECIP WOULD BE MIDNIGHT THROUGH ABOUT NOON OR SO MONDAY. AFTER COLLAB WITH SURROUNDING OFFICES...A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN POSTED. START TIME 00Z MONDAY THROUGH 6 PM MONDAY. THIS CAN BE FINE TUNED AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT. OF COURSE ANY SHIFT IN TRACK NORTH OR SOUTH WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE AS OUR AREA WILL BE DEALING WITH THE RAIN/SNOW LINE...WHICH IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO FORECAST.
After ‘that really big football game in Arizona’, the New York through Boston area gets a more typical snow storm than last time, with the amounts determined by how much rain mixes in, which will be based on how close to the coast you are located. This is a storm forecast for 6 to 8 inches along the coast, 10 to 14 north and west, not much for southern NJ and Philadelphia.
Here’s the link to the snow amounts – all subject to change, based on the usual factors, like how close the storm comes to us.
When you go to the web site, the NYC map links to the other nearby cities’ snow.
Based on recent weather models, a major snow storm will engulf the Philadelphia – Boston
Washington corridor on Tuesday.
No matter what the final snow totals will be – you and your family need to be a safe, secure place by Monday evening. Snow, cold, and high winds will be terrible tonight through Tuesday. Give yourself a margin of safety to be in a safe place and ready well before the heavier snow starts.
Listen to National Weather Service forecasts as they refine the time when the snowfall will start to increase.
If you want good news, the computer forecast models have reduced the amount of precipitation over us from the storm, but it would still mean a foot and a half of snow for the NYC-Boston coastal area. There is still a worrying amount of inconsistency among the models, so close in time to this event, so stay tuned for updates. Remember that events predicted to be extreme are extremely difficult to predict precisely.
1030am Sunday update….NYC NWS map projects 18 to 24 as far south as Central Park. Scary. Updated map is below……
Clipper storms generally skip down from western Canada through the midwest; some strengthen and drop six to twelve inches over a small band before merrily going out to sea.
For a moment, this clipper looked like it was going to stay to our south and not bother us, but it was a fake out.
The clipper is moving south to gather moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, all the while collecting upper air energy impulses before setting a trap off the eastern coast of the US over the warmer Gulf Stream waters; waiting for the final upper air kicker to complete the modest clipper’s transformation into an historic coastal snow storm. It will have more energy than it knows what to do with, so it will modify the air high above it, making an upper air low pressure system, grinding to a halt and spinning down to a shell of its former self.
So many things the previous storm didn’t have, this one has available to it – like a source of significantly cold air to mix into the developing storm.
At least, that’s how it might unfold.
See the maps from the National Weather Service. http://www.weather.gov/okx/winter
Watch for updates from the NWS or your favorite weather forecast provider.
Here’s the NYC office’s estimates of snow amounts as of Sunday morning’s forecast….see the web site for updates and links to maps for other areas in the northeast.
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Based on info talked about in the NWS weather discussion and Washington Post’s Capitol Weather Gang: (I’ve also been looking at weathernj.com.)
Models show indications of a new band of snow forming west of the Hudson River and moving east from 1pm to 3 or so. We could get a quick 1 to 3 inches out of that.
Then, this storm continues to develop as it moves away from us, bring very cold air to the east coast. Low temperatures will be in the 0 to 10 range this week.
Monday’s storm is a clipper from Canada. Clippers generally skip past us quickly, sometimes developing bands of heavy snow, but rarely do they stop and develop off shore into major nor’easter. Monday’s clipper has the potential to be a big storm. The stronger the storm, the better the chance of a right turn up the coast to torment us with the possibility of heavy snow.
If it doesn’t get strong, it is likely to skip off well to our south. Then we’ll stay in the deep freeze for the rest of the week.
So keep any eye out for a strong band of snow this afternoon; freezing of slush and snow; and keep your ears open to listen if Monday’s storm overachieves.
If you want variety in your weather, Saturday is the day for you! Snow then rain - watch the temperature for freezing rain - it's all over by evening. Total snowfall amounts are hard to predict - it all depends on how much rain we get mixed in. http://www.weather.gov/okx/winter for predicted amounts and connect for forecasts for nearby areas. PRECIP TO START AS SNOW FOR ALL AREAS...MAINLY AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW SHOULD BECOME MODERATE TO HEAVY FROM SW TO NE BTWN 4-7AM ... 1+ INCH SNOWFALL RATES POSSIBLE SATURDAY MORNING.
FOR THE NY/NJ METRO AND COASTAL PLAIN...THAT ENOUGH WARM AIR GETS IN ALOFT FOR A CHANGE TO MAINLY LIQUID PRECIP (RAIN/FREEZING RAIN) FROM MID MORNING INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. A BIT FARTHER N AND W...THIS WILL LIKELY BE A MIX OF SLEET...SNOW...AND FREEZING RAIN. WHILE INTERIOR PORTIONS OF NE NJ...LOWER HUDSON VALLEY...AND SW CT WILL LIKELY BE MAINLY SNOW THROUGH THE EVENT.
SO A 1-2 HR TIMING DIFFERENCE IN CHANGEOVER COULD BE A 1 TO 3 INCH DIFFERENCE IN SNOWFALL. FOR THE NYC/NJ METRO AND COAST MOST OF THE SNOW ACCUM SHOULD BE LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY SAT MORNING. A GENERAL 2 TO 5 INCH RANGE STILL LOOKS REASONABLE THERE...WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS ACROSS NE NJ...LOWER HUDSON VALLEY...AND SW CT. AGAIN WITH BEST BANDING POTENTIAL AND WESTWARD MODEL DRIFT ACROSS INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE SW CT ZONES AND PUTNAM COUNTY...5 TO 8 INCHES EXPECTED THERE..
Maybe Monday's storm will miss us as the models are trending to keep the storm well to the south of us.
Today (Wednesday’s) snow will make driving slippery, but not too bad, after sunset tonight through midnight.
Less than one inch is expected in the NYC area. Light snow is forecast to begin about 6pm and get steadier by about 8pm. With the storm passing well to our south, there will be more snow in southern NJ and less to our north (the reverse of many snow storm’s forecasts). And, we have a chance of just seeing a few snowflakes. Check out the National Weather Service’s map of forecast snowfall amounts…
And you can click on the map to find the maps for adjoining areas.
Then the focus shifts to two possible storm systems – one on Saturday and one Monday/ Monday night.
Both have the possibility of being major nor’easters and bring significant snowfalls.
Saturday a storm is forecast to pass off the coast, getting stronger as it goes by us, which is a method for getting lots of snow. There are some wrinkles in the forecast maps that keep us from jumping on the ‘big snow’ bandwagon. The storm will have to make its own cold air, as no high pressure system will be stationed to the north of us pumping in the cold air. Storms coming up the coast bring warm air with them, as it is the contrast between warm and cold air that is one of element needed to make a strong storm and having lots of precipitation.
Also, the upper air energy doesn’t quite come into phase. Sometimes the computer models will overbuild a storm even when the energy isn’t all there at the right time in the right place.
So where the storm tracks will be more important than usual for the likelihood of getting lots of snow vs. a mix of snow and rain.
But I’d suggest preparing for this storm well before Saturday since the timing of the snow is during the day on Saturday. You don’t want to be out with all the people make last-minute runs to the stores as the snow starts.
It will be important to prepare early for Saturday’s possible storm, since we may have another storm Monday night into Tuesday.
We’re coming into a pattern that gives us a greater chance of snowstorms, so be ready.