Dec 24: Monitoring next Monday-Wednesday for Snow

Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr December 24, 2014 14:06

Dec 24: Monitoring next Monday-Wednesday for Snow

The rain will clear out overnight and the weekend looks pretty good with high pressure in full control. For a few runs now and on multiple models, a weak low pressure disturbance looks to follow the departing high next Monday-Wednesday. I can’t emphasize enough that this is a mid-to-long range possibility at this point. I’m just tracking it because it now has my interest.

The Arctic air mass is still set to invade immediately after this system passes through and does whatever it does. With that being said, we have to consider the possible impacts of the strong Pacific Jet stream and/or the cold suppression keeping this system weaker and out to sea—just like the system that was modeled for this past weekend. However, if the high departs just right with the cold air digging in behind, we could be looking at a significant snow event for New Jersey. It’s too soon to carve up the state snow/rain line. If this system stays on guidance into the short-to-mid range, then that will happen. There is also a disagreement in timing. Let’s look at some guidance:

The 12Z GFS buys into the squashed southerly solution and only brings light snow showers to SNJ. This map shows 850mb pressure, temperature, and precipitation falling between Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon (December 31).

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The 12Z Canadian GEM has a much stronger solution which brings significant snow to most of New Jersey. This map also shows 850mb pressure, temperature, and precipitation but falling between Monday night and early Tuesday morning (December 29-30). The 12Z European model appears to be split between the 12Z GFS and 12Z Canadian.

canadian

In English: Rain ends overnight tonight. High pressure keeps us sunny, mild and dry through the weekend. Anything from light snow showers in SNJ to a full blown snow storm is possible in the Monday-Wednesday period depending on timing and influence from the Pacific Jet and/or Arctic cold air mass moving in. Just monitoring for now…no reason to sound any alarms. Let’s see where it is 24 hours from now. Be safe and have a great Christmas Eve! JC

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Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr December 24, 2014 14:06

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