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Major Blizzard On Tap for Northeast US

Over the last 24 hours…computer models have come more in line for a potential “blockbuster” storm in the Monday – Tuesday time frame across portions of New England.  Most of the major global and mesoscale models are now printing a large Nor’easter that would produce blizzard conditions across a good chunk of real estate from New Jersey to southeast Maine.  With that said, we will go ahead and turn to the major player that will cause trouble in about 36 hours.

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Current mid level analysis shows a vigorous shortwave across the mid section of the country on the back side of a deep trough that was established in the east by the first coastal storm that we dealt with on Friday.  This wave is forecast to swing across the southern Ohio Valley and spark a rapidly deepening surface low off of the Mid-Atlantic coastline.  Heavy snow will develop across the Appalachians by Monday and spread northeastward into the evening hours.  Model guidance suggests parts of the New York and Boston metro areas could get crushed with nearly 2 feet of snow.  Winds will also be a high impact deal with this.  With the sub 985mb low off shore and a tightening pressure gradient, wind gusts over 50 mph will be likely on the coastline.

Here is our current thinking of where the worst conditions should develop by Monday Evening into the overnight…

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Areas from New Jersey to southern New Hampshire look to deal with blinding snow and high winds.  The best advice is to prepare and make plans ahead in preparation of this storm.  It’s been a while since many of these areas have dealt with a storm of such high impact.  The storm system should start winding down by Wednesday, but bitter cold is expected to follow and another storm could be on the heels of this one by the weekend.

We will continue to keep an eye on this system as the situation continues to evolve.  We have crews that are headed to the region and we will keep you updated on their position and conditions in their locations.  Stay tuned…

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