It’s been a little while since Northeast Wisconsin has seen a doozy of a snowstorm, but the Northeastern United States has one knocking on their doorstep.
Blizzard Warnings are in effect all the way from coastal New Jersey (including my home town!) through the Maine’s coastal border with Canada. Just inland from those warnings, Winter Storm Warnings are in effect, and further away from the coast yet from those is a swath of Winter Weather Advisories.
The snow has already started in many places the storm is beginning to take shape, on its way to becoming a powerful Nor’Easter.
The storm total forecast for this storm from now until the snow finally tapers off late Tuesday night is going to be extremely impressive.
Official National Weather Service forecasts are calling from 18-30+ inches of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up the I-95 corridor through Connecticut, Providence, Boston, and into coastal Maine. The highest amounts could be approaching 3 feet in Connecticut and central Massachusetts. Our very own national-grid FutureTrack model that ran this morning has a very good handle on this storm, it would appear.
But high snowfall totals alone do not make for “blizzard” conditions. You need strong winds to go with that snow, and there will be plenty of those.
Sustained winds will range from 20-30 miles per hour during this storm, and gusts to 50 miles per hour or even higher are possible in places like Long Island and Cape Cod. Put it all together, and you have a recipe for truly blinding snow and drifts that could pile up to more than twice what the actual snowfall is.
It’s a storm that’s going to bear close monitoring over the next 36 hours as it strengthens and the snow piles up.
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