"Damaging Heavy Wet Snow"
-National Weather Service, Taunton MA
I-95 CORRIDOR FROM NORTHERN NJ TO BOSTON
FACING A CRIPPLING EARLY SEASON STORM
6:00 PM EDT 10/29/11 This report is reposted from our Northeast Winter Stormcast Zone on facebook, prepared by Forecasters Jason M., Mike N., Connor M., and Advisor Foot. A State of Emergency for New Jersey was recently announced by Governor Christie for up to 500,000 power outages across the state, and nearly 1.7 million so far fort the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S.
The surface low pressure responsible for delivering a record-breaking October snowstorm to much of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey is currently located just off the Delmarva coast. The storm has received a high energy injection of tropical moisture from the remnants of once-Hurricane Rina. As a result, we expect snowfall amounts to be significantly higher across New England than were originally forecasted.
The current extent of NWS warnings at:http://www.erh.noaa.gov/
HIGH WIND WARNINGS & POWER OUTAGES
This classic nor’easter has deepened quickly, and has formed an “eye” off the coast. Only a handful of nor’easters have developed an eye off the coast. The NWS is aware of this rapid strengthening and has posted a hurricane force wind warning for just offshore the New England Coast. NWS Taunton, MA: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/box
/. Area outside of this may see gust up to 50 mph following passage of the storm tonight, which will add to the widespread power outages already reported in New Jersey, with up to a third of the state without power presently.
METRO NYC UPDATE
Forecaster Mike Natoli has the latest Metro NYC forecast posted at: http://www.facebook.com/ffmetr
LOCAL REPORT FROM NJ: We have just spoken with one of our Maryland colleagues in Emergency Management visiting in NJ. They report power outages throughout the area, over 6 inches near Bloomfield, NJ with heavy snow in progress and trees overloaded with snow. With winds forecasted by the NWS to gust near 50 mph tonight throughout NJ, NY and southern New England, this region is facing a significantly damaging event which could rival the power outage impacts of Irene.
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