So what did the models do overnight? In short, the trend for a stronger storm is in tact. The European really went bold and blows up a major storm right over the mid-Atlantic while the GFS is more the the north and east effecting New England more. Lets review a few components to this storm.
All depends on the phasing of the jet streams....we have seen a stronger trend for this. Here is yesterdays European model..
And last nights...
Notice the stronger deeper trend to the disturbances combining. This has big forecast implications as it results in a deeper storm that blows up off the coast. Here is the surface map of the new European..
This results in rain turning into snow showers for the Mid-Atlantic and a snowstorm over the Northeast.
Things are never as simple as just buying one model however, take a look at its ensemble. What is an ensemble? Basically it takes the main model and tweaks its inputs to test for error. What you get are 52 different solutions. They more they are similar the more accurate a forecast is likely to be. Here is the European ensemble..
Two things to notice. For one, the average of all the members is the circle inside the green. Secondly, every individual member is represented by a low pressure symbol. Quite the spread on the micro level, but on the marco level we can confidently say a storm is coming.
So where do we go from here...rain,snow,both? Too early to say, it all depends on the track.I will take a first stab at it tonight with a map I will put out, but first let me show you something.
These are ocean temperature departure from normal. Notice how warm the Atlantic is along the coast. This creates something called a baroclinic zone or basically a boundary between cold air coming in from Canada and warm air over the ocean. Low pressure systems like to form over these zones to balance out the difference. I would not be surprised if that is the track the low takes. The recent trends back this up. A track like this would result in more frozen precipitation for many areas. Yes a more extreme solution but its something we need to consider.
- Increased confidence that a storm is coming this weekend
- Question remains, how early do the jet streams phase, which will dictate how deep and close to the coast the storm is.
- The ocean temperatures could be the wild card to this forecast
- My first map will go out tonight on what I think is going to happen.