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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rare October “Global Warming” Event Set To Slam Northeast

Rare October “Global Warming” Event Set To Slam Northeast

All You Need To Know From The Weather Channel

By Dell Hill

A significant, rare October snowstorm will plow through the Northeast Saturday through early Sunday morning.  Scroll down or use the links below to view the forecast and current conditions to guide you through the storm.

See:  Snow forecast | Power outage potential | Radar | Winds | Temps

How Much Snow?

The forecast map below shows the heaviest accumulations in the pink shadings, mainly just to the west and northwest of the I-95 corridor.  This is where at least 6 inches is expected.  Dark purple shading indicates the potential for a foot or more of snow. The heavy, wet nature of the snow will likely cause tree damage and power outages.

Some accumulations are also possible closer to the coast along the heavily-populated I-95 corridor from near Washington, D.C. to Boston. Precipitation will start as rain in these locations, but may change over to snow. How quickly this occurs and how much snow falls is dependent on the availability of enough cold air, which is difficult to forecast early in the season.

Map: Interactive winter storm alerts map
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Northeast snow forecast

Power Outage Potential

As mentioned before, this will be a heavy, wet snow.  Combine this with wind from the intensifying low-pressure system off the coast and power outages are likely in the darker blue-shaded area on the map below.  Outages are also possible in locations closer to the coast from the wind alone.  The map below shows the power outage potential across the Northeast.
Power outage potential

Current Radar

Track the snow and rain as it spreads northward through the region using the regional view radar maps below and the links to local radar sites across the region.  Snow is depicted by the white shadings and different intensities of rain are depicted by the green, yellow and orange shadings.

See how much snow has fallen: 24-hour radar estimates

Local radar sites and the latest winter storm alerts:

Albany | Allentown | Baltimore | Bangor | Boston | D.C. | Harrisburg | Hartford | Philadelphia | Portland | New York City | Poughkeepsie | Providence | Springfield, Mass.
Current Northeast radar | Enlarge and animate

New England Radar Enlarge map
Mid-Atlantic/NYC Radar Enlarge map

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Current Winds

Winds will be the strongest along the immediate coast.  This is where gusts could reach 45 mph or higher.  Farther inland, gusts of 30 mph or higher are expected.  Power outages and tree damage are both possible, particularly in areas where significant snow accumulation occurs.

The map below shows current sustained winds in the blue shadings.  The specific numbers plotted are wind gusts from the current hour.

To view a wider look at current winds across the Northeast, click here.
Current Northeast winds

Winds will intensify tonight along the coast, spreading northeast into New England, and will linger in New England much of the day Sunday. You can see where the winds will be strongest by clicking the links below. Strongest forecast winds are shaded in darker blue.
See forecast winds: Tonight | Tomorrow

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