- Major/Historical winter storm effects whole region Friday night thought Saturday
- All areas from Washington DC to NYC should feel the brunt of this system
- Expect periods of heavy snow and wind Saturday with significant snow accumulations
- The height of this storm should be Saturday afternoon into Saturday night
- This will be a long duration event lasting up to around 24 hours.
- There will be a very sharp cutoff in snow amounts most likely around the I-84 corridor or slightly south of that
- The southern trends in the models have worked their way back north overnight
- I still expect these models to move around more but overall I think they settle in with what my updated map has below
You will notice I made two tweaks to this map. I highlighted the area of 5-8 inches to the north and have that as a potential risk for much lower amounts. Also, I inched up the mixing line (pink) into SE NJ. I still expect good snow amounts there but as this storm approaches some warm air might filter in. Otherwise I really like the other amounts I originally had. As I mentioned, I will issue a final map sometime tomorrow.
The American model went all out in its run last night copying the blizzard of 96! I think it might have been a little extreme and its most recent run, which is no small potatoes by the way, is more realistic. Below is the storm in 6 hour increments..
Unbelievable to see how this just stalls off the Delaware bay! This is why some areas I really believe can see over 24" of snow with this storm. Tomorrow I will try to nail down potential areas that can see the localized jackpot amounts.
The beloved European model which I cannot show shifted about 75 miles north from its big dud of a run yesterday. This was a huge trend and needed to be seen. It brought the heavy snow back into NNJ. I still think it might be a little too south and accumulating snow can work its way into CT and extreme SE Mass. My map reflects that.
Regardless though, that sharp cutoff should verify. Below shows example of what I mean courtesy of the Canadian model.
If you notice guys I blend a lot of models when trying to make this forecast. I think the Canadian in this case has the best idea for its precip printout. Notice the sharp cutoff around I-84. 20 miles can be difference up there between no snow and several inches.
Here is another image showing the warm air that can work its way into the storm at 5000ft..
This is just the nature of a storms circulation. Yes we have a cold high pressure system to the north funneling in cold air but this storm should inch just close enough to give those areas I highlighted in pink some mixed precipitation. Could this mixing line move more north? It could but that is not my forecast at this time.
The next image below shows you guys the unbelievable moisture circulation associated with this storm...
If you are a fan of weather this is right out of a textbook for a historical winter storm. Notice all the moist warm air this storm brings up and throws into the cold air being supplied by the high pressure. This is how you get feet of snow!
So there you have it guys I am sticking to my guns with the going forecast. I firmly believe folks rather see an actual forecast made rather than flip flopping. At this time my confidence is growing. I will make any adjustments if necessary tomorrow. Hopefully no big curve balls get thrown today! Mother nature is never a guarantee.
As usual a video breakdown will be up around 8pm tonight. Stay tuned! This can get exciting!