Sunday, February 28

Icy and snowstorm from the south points to the northeastern US.


(CNN) — The storm causing snowfall and freezing rain from Texas even the middle of the Mississippi River Valley is heading northeast on Thursday and bringing more snow with it.

Two areas of low pressure, which are the engine of this winter weather, will drift down the east coast, one after the other.

“It looks more and more like an all or almost all snow event in most of (southern New England). This time a heavy snow scenario is not expected either, but rather a prolonged event of light snow, sometimes moderate, ”said the Office of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boston.

The snow that the storm will drop in the northeast

The most intense round of winter weather will take place Thursday through Thursday night across much of the Northeast. There is increasing agreement among meteorologists that icy air will have the ability to affect areas further south, increasing the period for snowfall.

An area of ​​high arctic pressure located over the northeast will feed the cold air, the same one responsible for the record cold that extends through the central United States. The cold air at this point will have changed a bit, but widespread high temperatures of -6 and -1 degrees Celsius are still forecast.

During daytime Thursday, light to moderate snowfall will affect areas from the Mid-Atlantic to southern New England. This includes cities like New York and Philadelphia.

By Thursday night, the snow will spread across southern New England and reach the Boston area. Most of this snow will be light, but it will be a nuisance given the weather it will be falling. In some places, snow could be falling for more than 36 hours.

Meanwhile, to the south, snow will continue to fall over much of the inland Mid-Atlantic.

New York could reach historic figures with this storm

On Friday, a general swath of light snow will persist in the New York City and southern New England areas. Snow is also expected to move further north, affecting much of New York and central New England during the day.

By Friday night, the snowfall should come to an end for most as low pressure drives it away from the Mid-Atlantic coast. Southern New England may experience a potentially heavier final band of snow before it clears up on Saturday morning.

storm-northeast

The forecast for snowfall between now and Saturday is 5 to 8 inches from northwestern Virginia to southern New England.

New York City has received 21 inches of snow so far in February. If the next storm brings at least 14.2 cm of snow, this month would be on the list of the 10 snowiest months in history. The current forecast is for 6 to 8 inches of snow to fall between now and Friday. If snow totals in the Big Apple don’t hit the mark, there’s still two more weeks to go.

Washington is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches. As the city has seen many times this winter, Washington tends to find its way near the mixing line (a term for measurement on a thermodynamic diagram). When this combination of winter precipitation or freezing or freezing rain begins, that will ultimately determine how much snow will fall in Washington.

Ice further south

To the south of the snow-affected areas there will be ice, mainly affecting the Mid-Atlantic from Thursday to Friday.

Early Thursday morning, there could be a period of freezing rain as far south as north Georgia, Alabama and eastern Tennessee, but there is more concern about what will happen north and east of that region.

The NWS office in Raleigh says there is “increased confidence in a prolonged freezing rain event” for much of its forecast area.

In some places, especially from central Virginia, including Richmond and Durham, to north-central North Carolina, ice accumulation could approach 1.3 cm throughout the storm.

In cities like Washington and Baltimore, snow will fall at the start of the precipitation Thursday morning, but a change to freezing rain or a wintry mix is ​​expected by late afternoon. Ice formation is also expected from southern New Jersey to much of Virginia and western North Carolina.

Warning for residents of areas with ice accumulation

“In areas facing these devastating ice accumulations, residents can expect dangerous travel conditions, numerous power outages, and extensive damage to trees,” says the NWS Weather Prediction Center.

On Thursday night, freezing rain is anticipated across much of Virginia toward areas near the Chesapeake Bay.

Then on Friday morning, a persistent freezing rain could still be possible near and along I-95 from northern North Carolina to central New Jersey. There could even be a brief change to snow in the afternoon, before coming to an end in these areas on Friday night.



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