Snow and record cold headed for Northeast

An “out of season Arctic blast” will make for a chilly & blustery Mother’s Day Weekend for much of the eastern U.S. where dozens of record low temperatures may be tied or broken, warns the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will approach record cold readings on Saturday morning from the Great Lakes to the Northeast, including major cities such as Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

Dozens of states from the Plains to the Northeast are already under freeze watches and warnings this morning.

Measurable snowfall possible in the Northeast & Great Lakes

In addition to the winter-like temperatures, parts of the Great Lakes, Appalachians, and Northeast will witness wintry precipitation Friday evening and into Saturday.

Snow could fall heavily at times with several inches of accumulating snowfall possible in the northern and central Appalachians.

Just when you thought it was safe to believe that winter was finally behind us, well, guess again, WGME reports.

The National Weather Service office in Gray, Maine, predicts a widespread 1 to 4 inches of snow across most of northern Maine overnight Friday into Saturday, with larger amounts of snowfall possible for the highest elevations and at the Canadian border.

Nighttime lows get to the low 30s (Fahrenheit) Friday night and again Saturday night. High temperatures Saturday will likely only get to the 40-degree range outside of the mountains — very cold for early May, WGME reports.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Ryan for these links

13 thoughts on “Snow and record cold headed for Northeast”

  1. Let’s Go:


    all together now: COLD SNAP!!

  2. Weather warning: Shock chart reveals ‘intense Arctic cold outbreak’ set to freeze Europe. Fri, May 8, 2020
    A SHOCKING weather graphic shows for many parts of Europe, the dry, sunny weather may be over as Arctic air is forecast to ice over large regions of the continent.
    Severe Weather Europe have reported a “marked cold snap” is expected over the days of May 11 to 13. The northern parts of the continent are set to face an “intense Arctic outbreak”. The foreseen pattern will bring “significantly colder air mass” across many countries.
    In the WXCHARTS graphic, a huge area of rain can be seen entering into Europe from the end of this week.
    Eventually by Thursday May 12, snow begins to appear across northern and eastern parts.
    Heavy rain continues to swirl around, moving into latter weeks and generating thunderstorms.
    Eventually by the end of the month, the cold snap appears to weaken significantly.

  3. Now, cold springs and record cold can follow a relatively mild winter. It did happen in 2002 when we experienced up to a foot of snow (after a mild winter) in New England and the coldest third week of May in 400 years.

    But this is also how ice ages begin.

  4. 1-3 inches tonight in NE Vermont, though we always seem to get more than the predicted amount.

  5. Snow hurricane in Maine right now. Past the first week of May. This will be all time late heavy snow accumulation.

  6. In addition to a snow hurricane in Maine, that will be a record breaker for amounts, they can say it’s nit unusual at all, however if it happens at all it’s normally flurries. In addition to that it is snowing in Minnesota.

  7. It literally snowed all day in Maine, strengthening hurricane blizard, despite the prognostications if the “May sun is too strong”, and other things I’d like to mention but won’t.

  8. As you can imagine, a hurricane blizzard in May All day isn’t newsworthy. A sunny day in California is though if they are one inch short on yearly precipitation. Lack of weather is news.

  9. In southern New Hampshire, on the border with Massachusetts, it snowed fitfully all day, with the wind blasting from the north. The sun, as high as it is in August, kept blazing out between hurtling clouds, and the snow never really stuck, though all the tree branches were white, first thing in the morning.

    One does not think of plants as being “warm blooded”, but they do put out heat. For example, skunk cabbage can melt its way up through ice in March the way a dandelion pushes up through asphalt. Once it’s May, it is like the trees know they can’t delay any longer, and they wage war on cold winds. Despite the miserable day the maples unfurled leaves and the lilacs budded blooms. Tonight the war will be fierce. Temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing, in which case a lot of tender shoots and leaves will be blackened. But the plants will battle to make the computer models wrong. I would not at all be surprised to see temperatures touch freezing, but not dip below.

    People, on the other hand, are not as tough as plants. The sodden day and bitter gales seemed to make people even more crabby than all the nonsense about the corona virus made them.

    Fortunately, in the afternoon, the weather became so absurd people’s sense of humor started to kick in. This stuff called graupel started to fall. It is a sort of soft hail which occurs when super-cooled water forms rime around a snowflake. In actual fact it is like being bombarded by pompoms out of a Dr. Seuss book. It was so ridiculous that it was hard to remain grouchy.

    In any case, I didn’t get my garden planted, but the good thing is no one wanted to argue that Global Warming is real. (Also I wrote a good grumpy sonnet.)

  10. They got at least a foot of snow already in New York, with lake effect snow all day Upstate. Snow flakes recorded in Central Park last night, tied for latest ever in New York City, and it’s still snowing in Northeast Maine. Ground is probably warm, however with that strong a snowstorm being somewhat stationary, who knows how much snow they will get. Still Lake effect snow too, Upstate New York. I checked two radars since one doesn’t update occasionally. It’s not a mistake.

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