Nov 24: Winter Storm Update

Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr November 24, 2014 15:17

Nov 24: Winter Storm Update

A winter storm is still expected for this Wednesday which will impact millions of people traveling for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Most model guidance is currently suggesting a coastal  low pressure track near or just inside the benchmark (40N/70W). There is also going to be a warm layer in the atmosphere from current surface conditions. This is a lot to overcome for the coastal plain to see snow accumulations but when all is said and done, I think there are enough ingredients to make it happen. With that being said, here are my “updated thoughts” on this Wednesday regarding snowfall accumulations:

second call snow map for new jersey before thanksgiving

The lighter gray area represents the furthest NW accumulations. Expect powdery snow with a sharp NW cutoff meaning it can go from a few inches to nothing in just 10-15 miles.

The darker gray area should be all snow from start to finish with significant accumulations possible.

The darker blue area should see the jackpot accumulations of the entire system. While some areas in this region could start as rain, they should quickly go over to snow. Are localized areas of 12 inches+ possible? I suppose but 6-10 is a safer bet at this point—in my opinion.

The lighter blue area represents the hardest call to make with this system. That warm layer of the atmosphere I mentioned before will be at play along with onshore warmer winds off the ocean. This should keep surface temperatures warmer for longer but eventually winds will switch to the N and crash temperatures below freezing. It’s the case where a foot of snow could fall but only 3-6 inches of it sticks. Regardless, expect this to start as rain, change to snow and eventually accumulate.

The green area should see rain for the majority of the storm system but end as snow. Immediate coastal areas could see minor tidal flooding and beach erosion with little to no accumulation. Areas closer to the lighter blue have a better chance to end with a few slushy inches than barrier islands.

Timing seems a little faster with most of the system happening between mid-Wednesday morning and midnight Wednesday night. This still makes Wednesday a rough day to travel, especially along the I-95 corridor and any highways northwestward of there. By Thursday morning the system will be cleared out and road conditions will be subject to plowing efficiency. I imagine highways will be fine with secondary and side roads a mess. For coastal/SENJ, it shouldn’t be much of an issue at all.

In English: It’s becoming likely that Wednesday will start with rain as early as mid-morning and end as snow. Higher NWNJ elevations have the best chance for accumulations (might stay all snow) and extreme SENJ has the worst (might stay all rain). Everyone in the middle will see a battle between rain vs. snow that will have to be live-casted on Wednesday. Be safe! JC

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Jonathan Carr
By Jonathan Carr November 24, 2014 15:17

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