Massive snowstorm hammers the U.S. East Coast

“A powerful Nor’easter and winter storm continues to impact much of the Northeast and New England with a variety of hazards,” warns the National Weather Service.

Those hazards include “widespread heavy snow, gusty winds, near blizzard conditions and coastal impacts.”

“Expect major to extreme impacts across the region from Pennsylvania to Maine, including the Philadelphia, New York, and Boston metro areas. Travel is not recommended.”

Moe than a foot of snow has been reported in parts of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

By Monday afternoon as much as 19 inches (48cm) of snow had already fallen in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and more than 17 inches (43cm) in New York City’s Central Park. This places the storm in the top 20 snowstorms in the city’s recorded history.

New Jersey and New York City both declared a state of emergency. Not only in the city, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in 44 other counties as well.

“This is a dangerous situation,” said Cuomo. “A life-threatening-situation.”

Parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey have seen more than 2 feet of snow. The highest totals reported so far were in the Pennsylvania communities of Nazareth and Ancient Oaks, with 31 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The US National Weather Service said snow will continue across the Central Appalachians/Mid-Atlantic to northern New England, before tapering off on Tuesday.

Snow hit the west coast last week, with some parts of California experiencing more than 6ft (2m) of snowfall.

The storm follows a record-breaking snowstorm that hit the U.S. East Coast in December when parts of northern New York received three feet (90cm) of snowfall and New York City received all of last year’s snow total in just that one storm.

During that storm the city of Binghamton, New York, received 45 inches (114cm) of snowfall, breaking its all-time record for the month of December. Snowfall totals in parts of Pennsylvania reached 40 inches (102cm), and the Williamsport Regional Airport broke its previous snowfall record, reporting 24.7 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, a front over the West Coast and a second front over Western Canada will move south and eastward toward the central U.S. The system will produce
rain and higher elevation snow from the Pacific Northwest into Central California today with snow-levels lowering over the Northwest.

Overnight, the snow will move into the Northern Rockies and then into the Central Rockies with rain over the Southern Rockies.

Snow and rain/freezing rain will move into parts of the Northern High Plains/Northern Plains on Wednesday evening, and into parts of the Central Plains and the Upper Mississippi Valley overnight Wednesday.

As the rain and snow move into the Upper Mississippi Valley, rain/freezing rain areas will develop on Wednesday night into Thursday.

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4 thoughts on “Massive snowstorm hammers the U.S. East Coast”

    • That should be –
      Probably the UK’s best amateur weather forecaster looks at the outlook and says “brutal cold” is coming to the US …

  1. I’m finding that the NWS forecasts are pretty close, but that they also are not spot-on the mark. Today was supposed to be snowbound and cold, but instead, the sun is shining brilliantly in a clear blue sky (Thank you, snow gods!!!) and the sky itself is a very clear, brilliant blue, and is a slightly deeper clear blue when you look straight up overhead.

    That means little to no dust up there, no contrails from jet airplanes, and a very low level of water vapor. In fact, the atmosphere nowadays seems a whole lot cleaner than it was 30 to 40 years ago. Just sayin’ – maybe those exhaust regulations for vehicles weren’t such a bad idea, after all.

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