Major Winter Storm Still Burying The Northeast
UPDATED 4 PM EST, February 5, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman
A major winter storm continues to rampage across the eastern U.S., bringing heavy snow to New England and upstate New York, while substantial icing takes place in the interior Mid-Atlantic.
Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are still in effect from Buffalo, to Providence, R.I., Boston, and Portland, Maine.
This storm is currently racing eastward through the Northeast, pulling in plenty of Atlantic moisture while at the same time dragging down cold air out of Canada. This combination is leading to heavy snowfall across most of New England and upstate New York. These areas will continue to see moderate-to-heavy snow accumulate unabated right through the afternoon. Widespread 8-to-12 inch snow accumulations are expected in this region, with even isolated amounts as high as 14 inches possible. As the western edge of this storm moves through the eastern Great Lakes and northern Ohio Valley, much lighter 1-to-3 inch snowfall amounts will be common.
Farther south, things were more icy than snowy. This unwelcome combination lead to sleet infiltrating the New York City metropolitan area, while treacherous freezing rain caused substantial ice accumulations across interior Pennsylvania, central Maryland, and westward through the Ohio Valley. Here, localized ice accumulations up to one-half inch lead to numerous power outages as well as downed trees and accidents. In addition, untreated roadways will be very hazardous, meaning that travel should be avoided if at all possible. Some of the heaviest ice accumulations have been seen
Already many impressive snowfall totals have been reported as this
storm streaks across the Northeast. Seven inches of fresh snow fell in Bellefontaine, Ohio, with 8 inches reported in Tioga Terrace, N.Y., and 6 inches on the ground already in Monroe, N.Y.
Brisk winds and colder temperatures will return in the storm`s wake on Thursday as a large area of high pressure returns to the Plains and East.
This latest winter blitz will only add to the snow surplus in the Midwest and Northeast. Chicago has seen its fourth snowiest winter season so far with 47.9 inches from December 1 to January 31. Last month was Indianapolis`s fourth snowiest on record, with 26.9 inches. This amount also exceeds the yearly average of 25.9 inches. Boston, expecting 6 to 12 inches of snow, is already above average for the winter. Since December 1, 35.1 inches have accumulated compared to an average of 23.1 inches.
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