Feb 2: Monitoring Thursday and Beyond

Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr February 3, 2015 10:49

Feb 2: Monitoring Thursday and Beyond

Road crews have been doing an excellent job given the amount of icing that occurred yesterday and overnight. There are still areas of ice, mostly north of I-195, but now that the sun has been up for a few hours conditions should improve. Let’s talk about Thursday…

Northern and southern stream energy will be meeting up over the mid-Atlantic but most model guidance is indicating that will be too late to produce a significant snowfall for New Jersey. Light precipitation in the form of snow showers and squalls appear possible but far from a wrapped up low pressure center hurling precipitation off the ocean into Arctic air. The model image below is from the latest GFS (850mb temps, pressure and precip). As you can see, the northern stream brings just light wintry precipitation while the northern stream remains too far to the SE. These energies will eventually phase for a stronger coastal New England impact but give the progressive nature of the overall setup, it spells minor impact for New Jersey. Most other guidance is on board with the late phase too.

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The next system I’m paying close attention to is the Sunday-Monday system as decent high-latitude NW Atlantic blocking should be in place to slow down the low. We’re still a ways out so I’ll be monitoring/analyzing guidance for you until about Friday when I’ll make my first call on it. Until then, the emotional roller coaster for the snow lover/hater continues…

In English: Snow showers and squalls could lay down statewide trace-to-minor snow accumulations late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. I’ll be tracking and updating on Sunday-Monday as we approach. Be safe! JC

Model images used with permission from WeatherBell Analytics.

 

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Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr February 3, 2015 10:49

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