First Significant Northeast Winter Storm of the Season to Snarl Travel Through Tuesday

December 2, 2019

At a Glance

• A coastal storm will bring snow and gusty winds to the Northeast through Tuesday.
• More than a foot of snow has already fallen in the interior Northeast.
• Rain will change to snow along the Interstate 95 corridor on Monday.
• This storm system has brought snow and wind from the West Coast to the Plains and Midwest since last week.

The Northeast is seeing its first significant snowstorm of the season from a coastal storm which will continue to snarl travel in parts of the region through Tuesday.
The Weather Channel has named this system Winter Storm Ezekiel.

Happening Now
Snow is falling this morning across interior portions of the Northeast, from Pennsylvania into New York and New England. Rain showers are affecting areas closer to the coast near Interstate 95, but some of those areas should see snow develop later Monday.
Portions of the central and southern Appalachians are also seeing snowfall from this storm.
More than a foot of snow has already fallen in Albany, New York, since Sunday. The top Northeast snow total from this storm so far is 20.7 inches in East Glenville, New York.
Boston, Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island, all picked up their first accumulating snow of the season on Sunday.

Winter Weather Alerts
Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service across a broad area from Maine to the central and southern Appalachians.
The worst conditions are likely in areas where winter storm warnings are in effect. Some locations in these warnings may be impossible to travel through. Albany and Syracuse, New York; Allentown and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Concord and Manchester, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine, are among the cities under a winter storm warning.
Boston, New York City and Philadelphia are under a winter weather advisory, which means snowfall could affect travel in these areas later Monday into Tuesday.

Forecast Timing
The coastal storm will be strengthening and slowly tracking just off the Northeast coast.
Snow is likely to impact travel from the central and southern Appalachians to much of New York state and parts of western and northern New England.
Areas closer to the coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Boston will have rain changing to snow later today and this evening. Travel should be avoided in these areas this afternoon and evening.

Snow and gusty winds from this storm will impact the morning commute in eastern New England on Tuesday. Much of the snow should be over with by Tuesday night.
Morning commuters could be affected by snow that fell overnight as far south as the New York City metro.

Snowfall Forecast
More than 6 inches of additional snow is expected from northeast Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey into the Hudson Valley north of New York City and much of eastern New England. Up to a foot of additional snow can be expected in parts of eastern New England.
The Boston area is forecast to receive more than 6 inches of additional snowfall Monday evening into Tuesday, with heavier totals just north and west of the city.
New York City might pick up 3 to 5 inches of snow through Monday evening. Accumulations could be a couple inches higher in this area if a band of heavy snow sets up near the Interstate 95 corridor on Monday.

Source: The Weather Channel

Pre-Thanksgiving Snowstorm Spreading From Central Rockies to the Plains and Upper Midwest

November 26, 2019

At a Glance
– A snowstorm will continue to track from the Rockies to the Plains and upper Midwest into Wednesday.
– Snow and strong winds will impact pre-Thanksgiving travel.
– Snowfall totals of 6 to 12 inches are likely along the path of the storm in the Plains and upper Midwest.
– Up to 2 feet of snow is expected near the Front Range of the Rockies.

A pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm is hammering the Front Range of the Rockies and will spread toward the upper Midwest with wind-driven snow into Wednesday.

The Weather Channel has named this system Winter Storm Dorothy.

Happening Now
Snow is ongoing this morning from Colorado and Wyoming to parts of Nebraska and northwest Kansas.

The Denver metro area has already picked up 7 to 12 inches of snow. Western sections of Boulder, Colorado, have seen up to 20.5 inches. The top storm total so far is 33 inches near Drake, in the foothills southwest of Fort Collins.

A portion of Interstate 80 has been closed in southeast Wyoming. Stretches of Interstate 76 and Interstate 70 have also been closed in northeast Colorado. See the link below for more updates on the impacts from this storm.

Forecast Timing

Tuesday-Tuesday Night
Snow, combined with winds gusting 30 to 40 mph, will cause travel problems in the Central Plains on Tuesday, including southeastern Wyoming, northeastern Colorado, northwestern Kansas, southern South Dakota and much of Nebraska. Blowing and drifting snow from this storm will impact stretches of interstates 25, 70 and 80.
The snow and wind will also spread farther northeast across the upper Midwest later Tuesday and Tuesday night. Sioux City, Iowa; Minneapolis; Rochester, Minnesota; and Marquette, Michigan, will all see accumulating snow and strong winds during this time. Travel should be avoided in all of these areas, particularly Tuesday night.

Snow and wind will continue from the upper Mississippi Valley into the northern Great Lakes Wednesday. The strong winds will contribute to more blowing and drifting snow in these areas, resulting in dangerous travel conditions.

The snow will taper off from southwest to northeast during the day. Most of the snow will be done by evening.
Strong winds from the storm will also impact a large area of the Midwest and Great Lakes. Those winds could contribute to flight delays or cause localized power outages.

Snowfall Forecast
Widespread snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are likely along the path of this storm.

This includes an area from northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming to central Nebraska, northwest Iowa, southeastern South Dakota, southeastern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Parts of southeastern Wyoming and northeastern Colorado, including Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, could receive 12 to 20 inches of snowfall from this storm.

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Source: The Weather Channel

Major U.S. Snowstorms still on Track for Thanksgiving Week

November 25, 2019

As first reported by FreightWaves of Friday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving week will look like Christmas week in many areas of the U.S. as two winter-like storms take shape. Heavy snowfall accompanied by gusty winds will make it tough for some holiday travelers and truckers to get home on time. The weather will likely slow drivers working through the holiday to earn those extra bucks. Shippers should expect fairly significant delays of road, rail and air cargo.

Storm No. 1

The first winter storm will strengthen as it moves over the northern and central Rockies from Monday, Nov. 25, into Tuesday, Nov. 26. A large area of heavy snowfall is likely from the mountains of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming eastward into western Nebraska and northwestern Kansas. The snowfall will begin in the mountains Monday afternoon, spreading into the Denver-Fort Collins area during the evening. Then, the storm will move across the rest of northeastern Colorado by about midnight. The snowfall will end from west to east during the day Tuesday. The heaviest snowfall will probably occur late Monday into the early morning hours Tuesday.
Storm totals of 6 to 12 inches will be common, with up to 24 inches possible in some foothills. Wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph will produce blowing/drifting snow, creating occasional whiteout conditions and very low visibility on the I-25 and I-70 corridors.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning for the region. FreightWaves SONAR shows several assets at risk of service disruptions, including Denver International Airport (ICAO code: DEN), Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) and a few oil/petroleum facilities. These assets are indicated by the colored dots and “doughnuts” in the map above.

Storm No. 2

The focus for this storm is in the Western U.S. The NWS expects a low pressure system to strengthen as it approaches the California Coast on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Confidence is increasing that the low will strengthen and track into the Southern Oregon coast Tuesday, then move inland across the Sierra Nevada of eastern California and the Great Basin through Black Friday.

Storm No. 2 may also produce periods of very heavy rainfall. Flooding, mudslides and debris flows are possible in lower peak and valleys. Urban flooding is also possible in the San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas.

Besides travel issues, both storms could cause major disruptions in local and regional business and supply chain operations in the affected areas. Check chain laws here for the latest updates on winter driving. Whether you’re on the road or in the air, the FreightWaves staff hopes everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Source: Freight Waves

Breaking News: Arctic Cold Surge Will Shatter Hundreds of Mid-November Records in the Plains, Midwest, South and East Through Thursday

November 12, 2019

At a Glance
– A strong cold front is plunging through the U.S.
– This front will deliver the coldest air of the season so far for many in the eastern half of the country.
– Numerous daily cold records for mid-November will be set.
– A freeze is possible as far south as parts of the Gulf Coast.

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A powerful arctic cold front is plunging through the U.S. and will deliver the coldest air of the season to the central, southern and eastern United States, shattering scores of mid-November records in the process.

The front was slicing through the Northeast and Southeast early Tuesday, with frigid temperatures by mid-November standards already in place across the nation’s mid-section.

Morning temperatures have already plunged to the single digits as far south as the Texas Panhandle, with some subzero lows in parts of the Northern Plains and upper Midwest.

Indianapolis plunged to the single digits Tuesday morning, the earliest in the fall they had ever done so in records dating to 1871.

Des Moines, Iowa, dipped to minus-1 degree Tuesday morning, only the fifth time they’ve dipped below zero during the first half of November in records since 1878.

The front first arrived in the northern Plains and northern Rockies Sunday, plunged through much of the Plains and Midwest Monday.

Among daily record lows set Monday included minus-21 degrees in Turner, Montana, 13 degrees in Chicago and 16 degrees in St. Louis. Record cold highs set Monday included 8 degrees in Dickinson, North Dakota, and 18 degrees in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Temperatures on Monday afternoon stayed well below freezing as far south as the mid-Mississippi Valley and Central Plains. These were daytime highs more typical of January than November.

Even South Texas was involved, where a Monday heat index in the low 90s was followed by a Tuesday morning wind chill in the low 30s.

As of early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was forecasting over 360 additional daily cold records could be tied or set Tuesday through Thursday morning in the U.S., including both record lows and record cold high temperatures for a particular day.

Timing the Cold Blast
The next round of shivering temperatures arrived in the Northern Plains and upper Midwest Sunday and plunged quickly into the Southern Plains and Ohio Valley on Monday. The front will barrel through the East Coast and Deep South Tuesday, then through the rest of the Florida Peninsula by Wednesday.

Video: Plane Slides Off Runway During Chicago Snowstorm


This week’s Arctic Blast Will Be so Cold, Forecasters Expect it to Break more than 300 Records Across US

November 11, 2019


Don your jackets and mittens, East Coasters. You’re going to need them.

The next five to seven days won’t just be cold — they’ll be record-breaking.

That’s according to data from the National Weather Service, which predicts more than 300 record cold temperatures could be tied or set from Monday to Wednesday.

It’s all part of the Arctic blast that’s hitting the East Coast, bringing the coldest air of the season to the eastern two-thirds of the country. On Monday, temperatures are expected to plummet in the Great Plains before moving farther east on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lows Monday night into Tuesday morning will be more like January temperatures across the Central US. Readings below zero are forecast for parts of Minnesota and temperatures down into the teens are forecast for as far south as Texas.

On Wednesday, almost 100 record lows could be set from the Deep South to the Northeast.
Some places in the East could experience temperatures on Wednesday afternoon that are up to 30 degrees below average, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.
Freeze watches and warnings extend as far south as Florida.
Bitter cold moving into the US

The harsh weather was already having an impact on transportation. An American Eagle flight slid off the runway Monday morning at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. There was light snow with visibility of less than a mile, wind gusts of 30 miles per hour and a temperature of 23 Fahrenheit.
As of 1 p.m. ET, more than 900 flights heading to or leaving O’Hare and Midway International Airport were canceled due to weather conditions.

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