Historic Blizzard Winding Down……Significant Blizzard Headed For the Plains, But Rain HereFebruary 9th, 2013 at 11:32 am by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Historic blizzard is winding down in the Northeast with up to 38″ of snowfall in Connecticut & a substantial storm surge in Massachusetts that has flooded roads & damaged structures. 17″ fell in parts of New Jersey, up to 33.5″ on Long Island, New York & 15″ in the New York City metro. In the middle of New York, at Central Park, 11.4″ is the official total. Wind gusts reached 83 mph in Massachusetts with now over 650,000 customers without power in the Northeast. Wind gust measured as high as 82 mph in Fairfield County, Connecticut with a gust of 75 mph at Plum Island in Suffolk County, New York (Long Island).
Now Colorado to Minnesota is bracing for a significant blizzard with winds up to 60 mph & up to 15″ of snowfall, while Texas to Mississippi & Arkansas braces for tornado threat from storm. Here, looks like rain with perhaps a rumble of thunder with highs of 46-54 Sunday.
Models paint up to 4″ of snowfall in Kentucky & southern Missouri Wednesday-Thursday from storm system with 1-2″ in southern Indiana & up to 6″ in northern Arkansas & 10″ in Oklahoma. It keeps the snow south of here on those days, but we will watch as it is still days out & there are questions on track. This still has the potential to bring accumulating snowfall. This also is showing signs of perhaps re-developing into a coastal storm for the Northeast with significant snowfall for the East Coast, specifically around Boston with up to a 10″ of snow. We will watch & see.
A second system Thursday night-Friday may bring accumulating snowfall to the area. With Arctic air diving southward with it, some data bring some light snow & flurries (no accumulation) all the way nearly to the Gulf Coast on its backside.