Heaviest Snow Occurs This Morning, Lighter Precipitation This Afternoon

24 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Precipitation-Maker’ To Bring Weekend Wintry Mix to Northeast.

A swift and powerful Nor’easter is expected to hammer the Big Apple this weekend — unleashing fierce rain, a blanket of snow and dangerously icy roads, city officials said. “It’s going to be a messy situation tonight and tomorrow,” said Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito, speaking Friday during a press conference at OEM headquarters. “We’re expecting between 2 to 5 inches of snow and probably some accumulation of some icing conditions,” Esposito explained. “We’re expecting some wintery mix tonight. EST, shows a storm system over the Atlantic Ocean with a back-end surface trough that is causing some snow to develop across parts of southern New England.

The wintry mix, set to affect more than 6 million people, is due to begin Friday night in areas stretching from West Virginia to New York City, according to Weather.com. A larger developing storm system is located just due northwest of the Gulf of Mexico with a large precipitation shield over most of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. This swath, including Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, can expect snowfall until Saturday afternoon, at which point the snow will head north through Boston and up to northern New England. Today (Saturday): The bulk of this storm is done, but it’s still spinning just off to our east during the early morning, so some impacts are likely to remain. The bad weather will start off as snow on Friday just before midnight and will then transform into a brief period of freezing rain before sunrise, meteorologists said.

The snow that began falling in southeastern Pennsylvania and West Virginia late Friday had become rain and sleet in some areas by early Saturday, and the National Weather Service said Washington, D.C., Delaware and most of Maryland had rain. People west of the New York metropolitan area will see snow through Saturday afternoon, with the possibility of periods with freezing rain or a mix of the two. Connecticut has plenty of salt and snow-treatment chemicals stockpiled around the state and a fleet of 632 plow trucks ready to go, Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick said.

Confidence: Medium-High Tomorrow night: Despite mild temperatures on Sunday, a cold high pressure to the north mixes with a strong clipper system passing to the south to quickly bring cold air into the region as precipitation gets underway overnight.

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