Snowstorm is Due in February 2016!
We all know what Winter Storm Jonas has done to the areas in the East Coast by bringing down the heaviest snowfall in the history of the region and while doing that it interrupted the transportation systems and closures to many private and governmental organizations and institutes which caused huge panic as well as wassail. Efforts, related to removing the snow from various areas and clearing the roads, are at large among the majority of the cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. Moreover, there are news that more of the snow is going to come down but not in the East Coast this time its the turn of the Midwest. In accordance with the weather services, the areas of Northeast might sneak out from a snowstorm of a major scale during the end of this week however, the snow due to the lake-effect will fall of the Great Lakes downwind.
Due to this record-breaking Blizzard of 2016 caused by Winter Storm Jonas, many of the people in the East might be thinking that is another snowstorm due in any recent time? In the beginning of this week the weather services predicted the possibility of snowfall, rain and thunderstorms for most of the Eastern states. According to National Weather Service Florida and New Mexico were more inclined to the the severe weather conditions as compared to the East Coast.
The residents of East Coast areas are not very much concerned about this situation due to the fact that this past Saturday’s Winter Storm Jonas claimed the lives of at least 48 people as per Weather Channel. Over 10,000 flight cancellations were reported by USA Today due to the storm system and the number of the grounded planes can rise with the passage of time. On Thursday, the storm will continue with some rain and snow in the beginning and will take the form of a major snowstorm on Friday and throughout the weekend over almost all the areas of the East Coast. The storm will effect heavily with blizzard conditions across the area of 15 states including Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C. Very heavy winds and snow, possibly with damaging effects along with flooding in the coastal regions is also predicted.
In awake of the preparations for this storm winter storm watch, blizzard watch, winter storm warning, winter weather advisory/freezing rain advisory have been covering in access of 73 million people from southeast Nebraska to the metro area of New York City. Traveling in the Northeast areas including Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C. will be heavily halted by strong winds and heavy snow and this will continue from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. The storm warnings have been issued from the Carolinas to as far as Arkansas. From Wednesday night to Thursday morning snow already started to develop over the some portions of the central Plains. During Thursday the snow will fizzle gradually and this will make way for low pressure especially in the lower parts of Mississippi Valley. On the other hand, the warm side of this winter storm will see severe thunderstorms with a few tornadoes as well and this might take place on Friday in the areas of the states of Gulf Coast and Florida.
Snow and ice impacts may vary across different area. At least a foot snow is probable in eastern Kentucky, western Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, northwest North Carolina, northern Delaware and majority of Maryland. People living in these areas may expect a total snowfall of over 20 inches. In the I-95 corridor towards Long Island and towards westward of northwest Tennessee and Ohio Valley more than 6 inches of snow is predicted. There is a probable chance of ice and sharp snowfall in these areas and associated localities as well which might cause slick roads and ice accumulations.
As far as the high wind gusts are concerned the areas of Chesapeake Bay, Long Island, New Jersey and Delmarva Peninsula might experience winds of up to 60 mph along with thick snow. While coastal flooding is the most eminent threat due to this winter storm because there is some extent of uncertainty associated with identifying the exact areas that will be impacted by the flood. The track of the flood will be directed by low pressure center and forward speed of the wind, its direction, duration and length of the wind flow over water. However, tides will definitely surge higher due to full moon this weekend.