Saturday, October 29, 2011

"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/ffmetronewyork 



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.

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, please visit our Winter Stormcast Northeast page in facebook.

15 comments:

Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

I have 8 inches on my deck table and still snowing hard.  This is truly an amazing event.  I just hope the rest of the winter will hold serve. 

hocoKtchr said...

WOW!  Definitely not that much in Frederick. I will be interested in the final meaurement for Frederick.  Not 5.60 inches here, but I am not in northern Frederick Co either!  It has stopped snowing here now...but it is still beautiful!  :-E

Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

My ruler was involved in an unfortunate industrial accident.  Nevertheless, I have the old handy tape measure, and a bounty towel role.  I marked it off at 10 inches and stuck it on the deck table.

ravensbbr said...

10 count average of 6.2" here in NE CC @ 850 ft. Google insists it's 880ft, so call it 865ft or so.

Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

We are at 8 inches on the ground.  The 10 inch mark on the roll is near the top.  Still light snow falling.  I measure on the table because I can't get anything accurate from the lawn, and the driveway had sublimation.  My son disturbed the snow on the car roof so that wouldn't be of any real use.  It is a solid 8, and as a powderhound, you can't get anymore of a fix than that for October in this part of the world!

ravensbbr said...

That's a keeper!

Jen O said...

I couldnt get my camera phone to work right trying to get my measurement, but I measure right over 8" less than 8.25"...what a storm and it's still coming down.

BioPat said...

I'm hearing you guys and have to admit I am jealous!  We have 0.00"  We've had some sleet and some snow but nothing of any accumulation.  The difference in the rain/snow line is so significant it is amazing.

Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

Steady light snow falling at 9:20 pm.  Radar does not so much but ground truth has flakes flying like they have all evening.  We are at or near the 9 inch mark from my trusty Bounty paper towel unscientific but pretty darn close measuring device.  My son's little car had about 3 inches of snow on it when he cleared  it and thsi is the new batch.  My flowers are toast, well frozen toast!

NeedaSnowday said...

<gawking> it just seems so crazy....

I am glad I dont have to shovel as trying to get snow mixed with the leaves would be torture!</gawking>

ravensbbr said...

Driveway...shoveled itself! Not really, but waiting until now gave me just a coating to get through, probably would have all sublimated if I'd let it go all afternoon, but in-laws are coming over to watch the Ravens beat the Cardinals.

ravensbbr said...

<span>That trick probably only works 'til about November 15 and after March 15, judging from sun angles. Fun little storm, hope everyone made out OK, and here's to the next one being sooner than later!
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Andy, Southern York County, PA said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32639942@N03/sets/72157628005898584/show/


Here is a little slide show from Saturday until about noon today of the storm and its impact on my yard and microclimate.

We finished with around 9 inches of snow in the Halloween Howler Hinterlands Express of 2011!  This was an amazing storm.  Areas with 800 plus feet elevation finished with 7-9 inches around here, while valleys had 4.5-6.5 inches.  Just 20 minutes to my south there was little to nothing.  A little elevation and latitude went a long way.  This is one for the record books!

NeedaSnowday said...

Gah.. just got home from the game...  Cards almost ruined the day... I am whupped from yellin'.  I NeedaSnowday!  HAAA!

NeedaSnowday said...

Great pictures...  I loved the Ghost in the yard with the Home Alone scream in the snow.... The contrast of fall leaves with the white snow is cool too....  Thanks for sharing Manwich!