Destructive snowstorm to rumble through U.S. Northeast

April 22, 2012NEW YORKLow pressure will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina later Sunday into the interior Northeast Monday. In concert with this surface low, a powerful dip in the jet stream and just enough cold air near the surface will team up to produce heavy, wet snow. The areas of concern are western New York, western Pennsylvania, extreme eastern Ohio, parts of northern West Virginia and extreme western Maryland. The timing of the changeover to snow is shown by the model forecast loop below (denoted by white shadings). Snowfall rates may exceed 1” per hour Sunday night into early Monday, accompanied by thunder and lightning! How much snow? Below is our storm total snowfall forecast. No, you’re not seeing things. It may be late April, but we’re expecting significant accumulations in both Buffalo and Pittsburgh, and at least a foot of snow in the Allegheny Plateau and Appalachians! This would be a noteworthy storm enough, but there’s another factor that will likely make this spring snow destructive! Thanks to the intensifying low, strong winds will develop in these same areas late Sunday night, persisting through much of Monday, before slackening off Tuesday. These winds will combine with heavy snow to reduce visibilities, leading to hazardous driving conditions late Sunday night into Monday from western New York to northern West Virginia. -Weather
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13 Responses to Destructive snowstorm to rumble through U.S. Northeast

  1. Bill H says:

    and folks wonder how glaciation startes ……

    the polar vortexes which disrupted flows for the last 7 years are subsiding and the cold setteling.. the climatic follow of solar cycles continues… were on the down hill side of 24 and 25 appears to be a non starter… I suspect there will be much more of this in thenext few years..

  2. misstroas says:

    hmmm this was the leading breaking news story on abc world news after the lakers game went off. This will surely be interesting to see how this plays out….

  3. Dr. Brian says:

    We are in the path of the highest amounts of snow fall here in the Laurel Highlands of west central PA. Fortunately we installed a good soapstone wood stove this winter, and we have lots of candles and oil lamps, so losing electricity is not as worrisome as it has been in the past.

  4. Patty says:

    I’ve got a question. When this cold front comes in from the east coast and we’re doing 70 or 80 degrees here in the Rocky Mountain range (even Idaho is experiencing warm days), will this now cause another set of tornadoes?

  5. TexasRedNeck says:

    I wonder how this fits in with Al Gore’s “Global Warming” thoughts ?

  6. Phyllis says:

    This is just shocking to be having barbeues one day and snow the next, its crazy, and right now here in sc the wind is really blowing like crazy and its droppin down to 30 tonight the weather said and all the farmers are getting prepared to try to save the crops, our seasons seem to be really messed up, may God help us.

  7. TLindemann says:

    So THAT’S to where our snow is going…

    April, for the past couple decades or so, has been our snowiest month. This year, we have had very little of the white stuff compared to years previous. Temps for yesterday and today (+23 and +26 degrees C), respectively. Far cry from we Albertans have become accustomed. Last year, we experienced record breaking cold temps and much snow. Since late November last year, the weather has changed noticeably.

  8. johnm33 says:

    My view is that we’re looking at systemic breakdown, and moving from a period of extremes to a more erratic randomised period as the ‘climate’ has various ‘trys’ to reconsile energy input/output. The Americas will bear the brunt, [imo] due to their N/S mountain ranges with the north getting the worst, having no protection from the arctic, which is arguably the most changeable zone on earth. Apart from oceanic islands though I think anywhere could get hit. Not too many islands that are safe from the seismic stuff though.

  9. Chris L says:

    States get snowstorms, we get 24 degree C beautiful golfing weather here in Saskatchewan Canada. This is some weird freaky stuff.

  10. yamkin says:

    AS MANY PARTS OF THE UK ARE ON FLOOD ALERT AND PLACES FLOODED, POTENTIAL FLOODING AROUND THE 1st MAY 2012 IN THE SOUTH EAST – AND MOST OF THE MONTH OF MAY WILL BE ON THE COLD SIDE FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL.

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