A major nor’easter is expected to take shape at midweek and unload the biggest snowstorm in years across a good portion of the Northeast. Snowfall totals are expected to be measured in feet in some areas across the interior as winds ramp up and create near-blizzard conditions for parts of the region late Wednesday into Thursday morning.
But, one factor will keep the storm from becoming a full-on “snowmaggedon,” and that will be it’s forward speed. It’ll be a fast-moving storm, which will keep overall snow totals down. Even still, at the storm’s peak, snow is expected to come down at a rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service New York NY 347 AM EST Wed Dec 16 2020 NJZ006-NYZ072>075-176>178-162100- /O.CON.KOKX.WS.W.0001.201216T1900Z-201217T1800Z/ Hudson-New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)- Kings (Brooklyn)-Northern Queens-Northern Nassau-Southern Queens- 347 AM EST Wed Dec 16 2020 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 1 PM EST THURSDAY... * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 13 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York. * WHEN...From 2 PM this afternoon to 1 PM EST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. * ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...Snowfall amounts could be a bit lower than forecast along south coastal portions of the region if sleet mixes in Wednesday Night. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Check local Department of Transportation information services for the latest road conditions. && $$
inter Storm Gail could bring some Northeast cities more snow in a day or two than they saw all of last winter.
Winter 2019-20 produced paltry snowfall amounts in many Northeast cities. In some cases, even a small amount of snow from Gail could top last season’s totals.
New York City’s Central Park only picked up 4.8 inches of snow all of last winter, 21 inches fewer than an average snow season and only 2 inches more than their least snowy season on record, 1972-73. Only three other seasons since 1869 were less snowy than 2019-20 in New York.