#Blizzard2016 was trending on Twitter yesterday as nearly 78 million people were under some type of winter weather headline. The image below was the visible satllite image from Friday afternoon as the storm system continued to intensify over the Eastern U.S.
Radar from Friday
This radar loop from Friday afternoon showed several bands of precipitation across the Eastern U.S.. From strong to severe thunderstorms across the Southeast and Florida, to heavy sleet, ice and snow farther north. It was an active day Friday with more wintry weather expected into the weekend with significant snowfall tallies likely for some major cities in the Mid-Atlantic to parts of the Northeast.
* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW AND WIND WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. SLEET MAY MIX WITH THE SNOW TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING EAST OF INTERSTATE 95 BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO ALL SNOW BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON. * ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION 18 TO 24 INCHES ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 95...AND 24 TO 30 WEST OF INTERSTATE 95. THE CITY OF WASHINGTON DC IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE AROUND 24 INCHES. * TIMING...HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DETERIORATE THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW... STRONGEST WINDS...AND POTENTIAL LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. * IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AND WILL BE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. TRAVEL IS EXPECTED TO BE SEVERELY LIMITED IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO AT TIMES IN WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. * WINDS...NORTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH ALONG THE CHESAPEAKE BAY SHORELINE...BECOMING NORTH SATURDAY AND NORTHWEST SATURDAY NIGHT.
Incredible snowfall tallies of 1ft to 2ft.+ will be possible across a large swath from the Ohio Valley to parts of the Northeast. The snowfall loop below shows some of the heaviest from near the Baltimore/DC area to New York City/Long Island. This also corresponds with the blizzard warnings that have been posted by the NWS.
Total Snowfall Forecast
These really are some incredible amounts! Look at how widespread the 12" to 24" amounts will be!! Crippling snowstorm for some, no question!
BPI: Blizzard Potential Index
The BPI combines snowfall and winds to show where the best potential for blizzard-like conditions may unfold at that specific time. Note that the brighter colors (indicating the best chances for blizzard-like conditions) fall within the blizzard warned areas above from PM Friday to early Sunday morning.
The Big One Out East; An Un-Arctic Weekend For Us
By Todd Nelson, Filling in for Douglas
A major winter storm continues today for some major cities in the Mid-Atlantic to parts of the Northeast. This crippling event will dump a whopping 1ft. to 2ft or more in locations with winds gusting to near 50mph, which could create blizzard-like conditions from Washington D.C. to New York City this weekend. Significant icing across parts of the Mid-Atlantic region could be even more devastating than the historic snowfall amounts expected just to the north. Yep, this is the big one!
For us, a much more sublime weather pattern has moved in. It's not nearly as Arctic as it was over the past couple of weekends. In fact, temperatures will be nearly 40 to 50 degrees warmer than it was last Sunday morning when many locations dipped into the 10s, 20s and even 30s below zero across the state.
I am reminded by one of my favorite movies, Grumpy Old Men, when Walter Matthau "Max Goldman" walks to the mailbox humming the tune, "Heat Wave".
Our Minnesota heat wave sticks around through next week with light snow accumulations by Monday.
Average Low: 7F (Record: -34F set in 1886)
*Daylight Gained Since Winter Solstice (December 21st): ~39mins