Sandy's Remnant Low Brings More Rain, Snow and Wind
UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, October 31, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
Although Sandy is just a shell of its former self, its impact remains widespread across the eastern half of the U.S. Heavy snow continues to blanket parts of the Appalachians, while heavy rain is drenching eastern New England. Gusty winds are sending massive waves toward the Chicago area.
As of early this morning, barely the center of the remnant low of Sandy is located in western Pennsylvania and is slowly moving northward into the eastern Great Lakes. Surrounding the center, light rain showers continue across the Mid-Atlantic and western New England, with heavy rain and thunderstorms falling across Maine.
Another 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected today across the eastern half of Maine, with around a half-inch in Portland. This is likely to create areas of flooding, as the rain is falling on top of 2-3 inches that fell on Tuesday. As a result, a Flood Watch extends from northern New Hampshire to eastern Maine.
The storm has weakened enough that the storm-force winds that terrorized the Mid-Atlantic on Monday and Tuesday have diminished, but a few gusts of 20-25 mph are still expected. This, combined with light showers that continue to rotate around the area of low pressure, will hamper the efforts of electric crews across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
While the storm is winding down in the Northeast, the same can`t be said across the central Appalachians. Northwesterly winds are drawing moisture around the low pressure system, which is being squeezed out as heavy snow across much of eastern West Virginia, as well as adjacent parts of North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. A few Blizzard Warnings remain in effect, in addition to Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories that stretch through the Blue Ridge from western North Carolina to southwestern Pennsylvania. Travel across the crest of the Appalachians along highways including Interstates 64, 68 and 70 will be difficult as the roads remain snow-covered and slick.
Twenty-six inches of snow has fallen in Craigsville, W.Va., with 14 inches of snow measured in Elkins, W.Va. Redhouse, Md., has seen 29 inches of snow, while Champion, Penn., has reported 13 inches of snow. Another 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected across the higher elevations of the Appalachians today.
The East Coast is able to breathe a sigh of relief at Sandy`s demise, but the threat isn`t quite over across the central and western Great Lakes. Northerly winds between the low pressure in western Pennsylvania and high pressure in the Plains is sending the air flow perfectly southward along Lake Michigan, into Chicago and its eastern suburbs.
A Lakeshore Flood Warning remains in place, as 50 to 65 mph winds chug onshore. This will produce waves as high as 18 to 22 feet, overtopping walls along the lake. Major travel corridors, including Chicago`s Lake Shore Drive, could find themselves flooded today. The winds will slowly abate this afternoon, as the two weather systems responsible both weaken.
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