Widespread Lake Effect/Upslope Snows Expected Later this Week...

By: Zachary Labe , 8:05 PM GMT on December 18, 2012

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Posted Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A closed upper level low will continue to slowly move through southern Canada and upstate New York during the later half of the upcoming week. A deep trough and subsequent northwest flow will allow for the first prolonged lake effect snow event of the year. Widespread upslope snows are also expected across the Appalachians up through the White/Green Mountains. Accumulations will be widespread in the snow belt regions, but generally light to moderate amounts.

Lake Effect Snow Outbreak December 21-23, 2012
A significant winter storm will be tracking through the Midwest and Great Lakes by the middle of this week. This 992mb surface low will track across the Great Lakes and begin to weaken across western New York. A closed upper level low will begin to slowly meander across southern Canada increasing moisture under a northwest flow behind the steep cold front. H85 thermals will fall to a meager -6C, but given that lake temperatures are near 10F above normal, there will be enough of a gradient to spark a widespread lake effect event. The flow for the duration of the event will be around 300-315 degrees with possibly an even more northerly component depending on the track of the ULL. Limited instability will prevent significant banding, but nevertheless with PWATs +0.5SD there will be widespread snow shower activity for several days across the region.

This flow will increase snows across favored upslope and orographic locations from northern West Virginia up through the Laurel Highlands. Favored peaks in Garret County, MD up through Mt. Davis, PA and Laurel Summit, PA may see upwards of 10" of snow during this period. Current model QPF is already at an impressive ~0.5 inches. Across the Chautauqua Ridge in southwestern New York, upslope totals may also approach 10" of snow. This will help lay a fresh snow pack to several ski resorts in the region that are featuring a seasonal snow deficit of nearly two feet to date. As drier air begins to rotate into the region on Saturday, widespread light snow shower activity (with a few enhanced SN bands) will begin to focus into a more cellular nature under diurnal forcing. Mesoscale guidance indicates the development of several stronger bands off of Ontario down through possibly Rochester and Syracuse. UUV and omega growth peak during this period allowing for excellent dendritic growth. Snow ratios during this period may approach 17:1 with snow rates at 1in/hr in some locations. Northern Cayuga County through Onondaga and Madison Counties in New York will see the highest accumulations. During this period upslope snows will increase across northern Vermont in the higher elevations. This will be a multi-day event for this area with amounts approaching two feet above 3000ft by Monday.

Given the length of the fetch and typical northwest flow, a few snow bands may stretch east of the mountains into the central ridge and valley region of Pennsylvania and Poconos. Any accumulations in this area will be isolated and generally around 1-3 inches. A bit of Huron connection may be possible Saturday night during the peak of the lake effect snow event. At this point in the medium range, it is too early to highlight typical bands such as the 322 streamer.

Drier and more stable air will cutoff the cyclonic circulation by early next week with more seasonable temperatures. Winds will also begin to relax.

Regional Radar...

(Courtesy of NOAA)

Regional Advisories...

(Courtesy of NOAA)

Storm Reports...
None.

Storm Impacts...
1. Sustained winds of 20-30mph with gusts approaching 40mph are expected over the region with whiteout conditions possible in snow squalls.
2. Deep moisture field and long fetch will allow snow showers to stretch east of the mountains.
3. Heavy snow accumulations in favored 300 degree snow belts are expected with totals approaching up to 10"
4. First widespread lake effect event of the winter will have greater impacts than normal due to the the infrequency this December.
5. Temperatures and air mass will be marginally cold and generally in the upper 20s to mid 30s for most areas.

Snow Map...

*The heaviest snow accumulations will be confined to the higher elevations and favored northwest flow snow belt regions. The highest accumulations are expected near the Syracuse metro region and across the upslope effect region of the Green Mountains near Stowe in northern Vermont. Heavy accumulations are also likely up through West Virginia and into the Laurel Highlands. Outside the snow belts snow amounts will be more isolated and dependent on the exact location of the bands and showers which are impossible to forecast exactly at this point in time.

Current Great Lakes Water Temperatures...

(Courtesy of NOAA)

Current Lake Erie Wind Direction and Speed...

(Courtesy of NOAA)

Current Lake Erie Water Temperature...

(Courtesy of NOAA)

"Selected City Accumulations"
Erie- 4-6" of snow with higher amounts to the south and east of the city
Meadville, PA- 4-8" of snow
Bradford, PA- 3-6" of snow with higher amounts near Warren County
Butler, PA- 2-4" of snow
Pittsburgh, PA- 1-4" of snow with isolated higher amounts
Latrobe, PA- 1-4" of snow
Indiana, PA- 2-4" of snow
Johnstown, PA- 5-10" of snow with higher amounts possible
Somerset, PA- 4-8" of snow with higher amounts possible
Altoona, PA- 1-4" of snow
Du Bois/Clearfield, PA- 3-6" of snow with locally higher amounts
Philipsburg, PA- 3-5" of snow
State College, PA- 1-3" of snow
Lock Haven, PA- 1-3" of snow
Williamsport, PA- Locally 1-2" of snow
Mt. Pocono, PA- 1-2" of snow
Selinsgrove, PA- Locally 1-2" of snow
Harrisburg, PA- Isolated C-1" of snow
Hagerstown, MD- Isolated C-1" of snow
Cumberland, MD- 1-3" of snow
Frostburg, MD- 2-4" of snow
McHenry, MD- 4-8" of snow
Oakland, MD- 4-9" of snow
Snowshoe, WV- 4-9" of snow
Buffalo, NY- 2-5" of snow with higher amounts to the south and west
Watertown, NY- 3-5" of snow
Syracuse, NY- 6-12" of snow with locally higher amounts
Albany, NY- Locally 1-2" of snow
Ithaca, NY- 1-4" of snow
Binghamton, NY- 1-2" of snow
Saranac Lake, NY- 3-5" of snow
Utica, NY- 5-10" of snow
Burlington, VT- 1-2" of snow. Higher amounts to east approaching 12"
North Conway, NH- 1-4" of snow
"Subject to Change"

Current Northeast Snow Depth and Northeast Wind chills...

(Courtesy of Wunderground)

Model Analysis
The GFS is a low resolution global model that typically does not do well in mesoscale events such as lake effect snow. But forecast QPF maps already suggest widespread high amounts over the Northeast snow belts, which is very impressive at this forecast range. A deep moisture field and long northwest fetch is suggested. The ECMWF is also in full support of this event especially across the upslope regions of northern Vermont where an extended multi-day period of heavy snow is possible. Isolated amounts in this region could reach 24" in some areas above 3000ft. All guidance supports a closed low that will allow for a bit of synoptic influence favoring some lighter snows outside the typical snow belts especially for western Pennsylvania and upstate western New York. These amounts will remain light though with QPF less than .15" for most areas. At this range, the NAM and other high resolution guidance is a bit too far out for their time frame. Latest trends in the GFS/ECMWF are showing a possible increase northerly component which would decrease the widespread activity of the snow showers. At this time it looks like the Buffalo metro area will be spared the worst of the event, while areas towards Rochester and Syracuse will be more favored.

After the Storm
As temperature anomalies approach +6F for the month of December for many climatological reporting stations across the Northeast, many are left asking where is winter. A majority of the cold air is locked well to the northwest of the contiguous United States in northern Canada. Even across areas seeing the next bout of winter weather in the Midwest, H85 thermals never even fall below -10C south of the Canadian border. This is a clear indication that much of the nation is well above normal in the temperature department. A +EPO in correspondance with a -PNA will continue to keep the cold air locked up to the north through the end of the month. A few energy meteorologists have been hinting at winter storm chances post Christmas in the Northeast, but given the latest tropical monsoon forcing indices out of the Indian Ocean and the status quo of the current NAO, it is likely these middle latitude cyclones will continue tracking through the Great Lakes. If any secondary cyclogenesis occurs on the east coast, it will only favor far northern New England with wintry precipitation. Unless we see a dramatic change in ensemble guidance and teleconnections, period through the end of December will be snowless across much of the east. While temperatures will likely average near normal, they will feature an oscillating pattern of unseasonable warmth as lows track to the northwest, and then brief arctic air behind the cold fronts.

After a near record dry November, the polar jet has begun to increase in activity as we continue a stormy pattern with several shortwaves per week. This pattern will continue through early January with precipitation totals averaging above normal for all climatological stations. While the MJO forcing remains meager and few changes in the NAO are expected, there are a few signs that the EPO will shift negative and begin to dump some arctic air farther south. As we also enter the coldest portion of the year, it is likely snow chances will begin to increase by early January. That being said, there are no signs of any abnormally snow periods.

Despite another snowless and record warm start to the meteorological winter, the synoptic pattern is very different than last winter. Whether that is encouraging or not, it is critical for snowlovers that we do not see any development of a PV in Alaska. This would disrupt the potentially favorable Pacific by January and allow increasing upper level heights over the eastern United States. The main idea to take from the long term will be a continued stormy pattern of Great Lakes cutters, while the east coast sees mostly rain in association with frontal passages. Any front end warm air advection winter precipitation will likely be confined to northern New England. If any pattern change does occur, it will likely be post New Years.

Please post storm reports in this blog from across the Northeast during the winter storm and please post location of observation in each report...

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Lower Susquehanna Valley Doppler...

(Courtesy of WGAL)

"10mi northeast of Harrisburg 2012-2013 Winter Statistics"
(Snow Stats)
Monthly Total (October)- 0.0in
Monthly Total (November)- 0.8"
Monthly Total (December)- 9.5"
Seasonal Total- 10.3"
Winter Weather Advisories- 4
Winter Storm Warnings- 0
Ice Storm Warnings- 0
Blizzard Warnings- 0
Freezing Rain Advisories- 0
Winter Storm Watches- 0

(Temperature Stats)
Lowest High Temperature- 36.1F
Lowest Low Temperature- 18.5F
Wind Chill Advisories- 0
Wind Chill Warnings- 0

(Snow Storms Stats)
First Trace of Snow - November 24 - Lake Effect Snow Showers
First Measurable Snow - November 27 - 0.8" - Overrunning event
Enhanced Clipper - December 24 - 2.1" - Christmas Eve Snow!
Miller B - December 26 - 3.3" - 0.15" of freezing rain also
Miller B - December 29 - 4.1" - Moderate all snow event

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6" of snow in hyde park,ny followed by almost an 1" of sleet and trace of freezing rain. Now on ground is about 4" of packed sleet snow.
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So far: 7.5" snow, 28F, wind is NNW15-20G30 and it's still snowing moderately in North Broadalbin,NY.
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Did somebody feed the ECMWF with extra holiday energy?
SATURDAY...
THIS IS WHERE THE DRAMA BUILDS AS THE NEW 00Z ECMWF GOES BONKERS
WITH EXPLOSIVE CYCLOGENESIS SOUTH OF NEW ENGLAND. AT 06Z SUN THE
ECMWF AS A 972 LOW OVER THE 40N/70W BENCHMARK AND FURTHER BOMBING
TO ABOUT 959 MB JUST SOUTH OF NOVA SCOTIA 18Z SUN! THIS RAPID
DEEPENING GENERATES QPF OFF THE CHARTS WITH STORM TOTAL OF 2+
/LIQUID/ OVER CAPE COD!
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262. bwi
Well, HPC has DC in the 10 percent band for 4+ inches on Saturday (barely). That's something.

...DAY 3...SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT

...MID-ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST COAST...

A LOT OF SPREAD TO CONSIDER WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ANOTHER SNOW
STORM TO IMPACT THE NORTHEAST COAST SATURDAY NIGHT. THE NAM WAS
RULED OUT DUE TO POOR CLUSTERING WITH OTHER GUIDANCE WITH SURFACE
LOW TRACKING NORTHEASTWARD FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST...WHILE
THE 00Z GFS/12Z ECMWF/00Z UKMET AND THE GLOBAL ENSEMBLE MEANS
CLUSTERED FAIRLY WELL. HOWEVER...THE ENSEMBLE MEMBER SPREAD IS
ABOUT 4 TO 5 TIMES AS LARGE IN DIAMETER AS THE DETERMINISTIC
CLUSTER...THUS SUPPORTING LOW CONFIDENCE AS A WHOLE. THE 00Z
ECMWF IS EVEN CLOSER TO THE COAST WITH ITS LOW TRACK THAN ITS
PRIOR RUN...SUGGESTING THE POSSIBILITY FOR EVEN HIGHER SNOW
AMOUNTS. HOWEVER...THIS IS JUST 1 ONE OF MANY SOLUTIONS TO
CONSIDER. GIVEN THE COMPLEXITY OF THE MULTIPLE STREAMS COMPRISING
THE SHORTWAVE PATTERN...HAVE CHOSEN INTERMEDIATE SOLUTIONS TO
DERIVE THE SNOW PRO ABILITIES WHILE ADDING SOME ENHANCEMENT FOR
SLIGHT CHANCES OF 8 AND 12 INCHES OF SNOW OVER PARTS OF THE
NORTHEAST COAST...WHERE THE GEFS AND ECMWF ENSEMBLE MEANS ARE MOST
SUPPORTIVE.
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Rained a bit overnight and it just started snowing lightly. Saturday is looking good, though!
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Picked up another 0.5in of snow here this morning making for a total of 3.3in.
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That was quite the pounding, goofy. We have a lot of relocated outdoor decorations. Power flickered several times but we held.

Driving from Westchester early yesterday the temp was 24 in the north of the county. Was 32 on the Saw Mill and held that all the way down the GSP until the Driscoll. Was 37 on the other side of the driscoll.

And thats right where the line set up early on. The I95 storms continue.

Traffic cams were unbelieveable as the evening wore on.


The GFS has been on top of everything since we changed patterns after the snow that followed Sandy.

It saw this storm two weeks ago and held it in it's models consistently.

ECMWF had been consistently weaker, south, and colder. NAM has been consistently weaker, north, and warmer. GFS had this period down with both the lulls and the storms.

Now we wait until it misses the next pattern change and creates a ghost storm or misses one altogether.

Until then watch our forecasting heavily favor the GFS....as well it should have been in the first place given how well it's locked this particular pattern down.

Saturday looks increasingly interesting for many more people to get a snow storm. Let's see how the models feel about that come later today or tomorrow morning once this storm has finished departing.

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SL NJ. JCP& L reports 44 customers wo power in town and 4400 in Monmouth co. Transformers started popping at 2100-2200 hrs with gusts 40 and above.
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Here in Burke Va, west of DC, I am showing 1.82 inches of H2O for the overall event, more than half our total for the month so far.
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Whoo hoo! We're finally getting some light snow. It's coming down fast and straight, almost as if there's sleet mixing in, but it's only 22F.

kaaterskillfalls ~ I'm looking forward to your updates!
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NW VT, Western slope of Mount Mansfield...

Still no snow from this storm. We're in a dry slot that the local forecaster promises will fill in. Apparently we're to expect the heaviest snow between 6am and 1pm. I guess we'll see what that means for going to work, as I work 3-8pm. The only thing that would cancel me going to work would be a power failure.

Hoping for a Snow Day all the same. ;-)

{{{ {{ { Thanks LT! } }} }}}
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Arrowhead Lake, Coolbaugh Twp, Monroe County, PA, 1760ft.

11:00pm, 28.3F, light sleet, 3.2" storm total snow/sleet.

Dry slotting from 3:40pm to 5:30pm held accumulations down. Snow began to turn to sleet at 5:30pm. No freezing rain as far as I can tell.
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1.2" so far and heavy snow, it really intensified quickly.
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Good for you Listener! Makes up for last year a little bit, and still 2-3 months of winter for you guys up there. Looking at the radar, it seems the old center of low pressure, over eastern KY., is still controlling the basic movement of the precip., actually helped bring that "dry slot" into central PA. I know the low is now transferring it's energy to the coastal low that is forming. It will be interesting to see the overall movement of the precipitation shield, as that new center gets going and moving North, then NE.
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251. listenerVT
1:53 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
It's 22F here on the western slope of Mount Mansfield in NW VT and they've upgraded predictions from 10-15" of snow to 12-16" expected! I'm beginning to get a "survivor guilt" feeling. If I could make it happen, I would be happy to share half of it!
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250. TheRasberryPatch
1:45 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
Quoting Blizzard92:

Most of the precipitation is over as we enter a dry slot. At most we could see another .1-.2in of rain or so.


Did the storm underperform? It seemed like the predictions were taking the storm into Thursday afternoon.
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249. crowe1
1:31 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
26.4F and snowing a fine snow at a decent clip here in the southern Adirondacks.
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248. PhillySnow
1:21 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
45F and raining here. Looks like most of it will be over by 9pm; then showers. I hope it gets colder for Saturday's storm.
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247. Zachary Labe
1:05 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:


Should we expect anymore precipitation for the evening into tomorrow?

Most of the precipitation is over as we enter a dry slot. At most we could see another .1-.2in of rain or so.

Quoting GTOSnow:
It just started snowing here in Sutton, MA. It is 29 out. Blizz do you see temps dropping up here for a bit due to evap cooling before they rise again in the morning hours?

Yep, temperatures will probably drop into the mid 20s, but they will rise again as WAA moves into the region later tonight.
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246. TheF1Man
1:02 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
Now Sleeting, guess the fun is over. Trumbull, CT.

Lt, nice prediction on 8pm changeover!
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245. GTOSnow
12:28 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
It just started snowing here in Sutton, MA. It is 29 out. Blizz do you see temps dropping up here for a bit due to evap cooling before they rise again in the morning hours?
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244. MariettaMoon
12:21 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
Arrowhead Lake, Coolbaugh Twp, Monroe County, PA, 1760ft.

7:00pm, 26.0F, Sleet

Approximately 3" snowfall total
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243. TheRasberryPatch
11:25 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Quoting Blizzard92:
Just got home from work in Hershey; roads are pretty bad especially as one heads north towards Harrisburg. Looks like a tad under 3in is the snow total, although I cannot be exactly sure. Freezing rain accretions at around ~.15in. It is still 32F with a freezing mist and gusty wind.


Should we expect anymore precipitation for the evening into tomorrow?
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242. Zachary Labe
11:16 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Just got home from work in Hershey; roads are pretty bad especially as one heads north towards Harrisburg. Looks like a tad under 3in is the snow total, although I cannot be exactly sure. Freezing rain accretions at around ~.15in. It is still 32F with a freezing mist and gusty wind.
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241. MariettaMoon
11:14 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Arrowhead Lake, Coolbaugh Twp, Monroe County, PA, 1760ft.

6:00pm, 26.7F, Snow/Graupel, 23D, E 23mph, wind chill 12F

Snow began to take on a more icy consistency around 5:30pm. Probably around 3" of new snow accum, 4" snow depth.

Starting to see the precipitation shield pivot around the new low pressure.

Arrowhead community from earlier today
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240. HeavySnow
10:38 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Had about an inch here in Annandale, VA this morning.
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239. originalLT
10:37 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Let me amend my last statement, there is quite a bit of precip. to your South and it's moving north, but it looks to be changing over. Like TRP said.
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238. originalLT
10:36 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Wow, looking at Radar, it doesn't look too good for you "LSV" boys either. Seems to be changing over, and not that much precip. to the south and southwest of you.
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237. TheF1Man
10:34 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Snowing moderately here with a heavy band coming in off LI, but after it hits we will probably turn to rain as LT is saying. Trumbull, CT.
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236. MariettaMoon
10:16 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Arrowhead Lake, Coolbaugh Twp, Monroe County, PA, 1760ft.

5:00pm, 26.7F, Light Snow, 2.5"

Temperature dropped 0.4F in the last hour.

Got dry slotted for most of the last hour.

I edited my other snowfall measurements down 1". I never cleared a spot from the 1" that was still around from Christmas Eve. I thought I was measuring down to the old 1" for the correct new amount but I discovered the ruler must have been including the 1". The new total posted here is the official amount so far.
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235. originalLT
10:11 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Gaara, yeah it will come down heavy for a short while but that rain/snow line is marching northeastward.
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234. originalLT
10:09 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Looks like my Temp. has bottomed out. Lowest was 30.1F now up to 30.8F. On radar, the rain/snow line is creeping towards me, I think it will be all rain here no later than 8pm.:(
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233. TheRasberryPatch
10:06 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
30.6F with all rain. Like snargle said about 2-3 inches on the ground.
Campbelltown, PA

From the looks of the radar it appears the storm is widing down for some areas. I wonder if the radar will fill in or is the majority of the storm over for LSV and points West?
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232. Gaara
9:58 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
LT: We Finally have more than a flurry over here on the housatonic. Lots of tiny flakes but looks like it's going to pick up in the next 20 minutes.
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231. Snargle
9:57 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
More rain than sleet right now here in Swatara Twp, Harrisburg. Temp 30.2F Looks like 2-3 inches on the ground but wet and sloppy, so hard to accurately judge.
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230. goofyrider
9:57 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
SL, NJ: Brother just got in reports icing on NJTP from exit 11-16E, rain here w/ winds.
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229. originalLT
9:39 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Temp. down to 30.1F , Baro.29.99"F, Moderate to heavy snow. Vis. about 1/4 to 1/3 mile., Best as I can tell.
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228. TheF1Man
9:36 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
^^Grass and road covered lightly as well. Is the freeze line starting out farther south than expected?
Trumbull, CT.
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227. originalLT
9:10 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Temp. down to 31.0F Baro. 30.02F, light to mod. snow falling. Covering the road as well as the grass. Lt Stamford CT.
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226. kaaterskillfalls
9:10 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Accumulating snow started around 3 pm here in western Finger Lakes.

Went into a store - not even flurrying...

Came out of store - 'twas flurrying...

Went briefly into another store and came back out - heavy snow, sticking to the ground, roads SLICK !

The heavy stuff is yet to come - yippee !
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225. GTOSnow
9:09 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
A little more cold air in place and this would be perfect for me near Worcester!! They are still only calling for me to get 2 inches or so and then rain. We'll see what happens i guess!
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224. MariettaMoon
9:08 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Arrowhead Lake, Coolbaugh Twp, Monroe County, PA, 1760ft.

4:00pm, 27.1F, Light Snow, 2.3"
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223. MariettaMoon
8:26 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Quoting PhillySnow:
I'm glad you got to where the snow is, MM! Enjoy. :)

We've changed to all rain. I guess that's it - it was fun for a while!


Yup. It was nice to have the decision of either Trenton NJ, NE Philadelphia border, Marietta, or the Poconos. We've decided to just stay up here until New Years day.

I have seen all the previous posts to me from others. Was very busy like most and didn't have time to respond.

Happy Holidays...
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222. MariettaMoon
8:23 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Arrowhead Lake, Coolbaugh Twp, Monroe County, PA, 1760ft.

3:00pm, 24.7F, Moderate Snow, 0.8"
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221. originalLT
8:23 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Snow just beginning here in Stamford CT. it's33.2F on my digital thermometer, winds NE 10-15mph Baro. 30.08" and falling slowly.
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220. PhillySnow
8:08 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Quoting MariettaMoon:
I'll be reporting from the Poconos until January 1st.
I'm glad you got to where the snow is, MM! Enjoy. :)

We've changed to all rain. I guess that's it - it was fun for a while!
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219. TheRasberryPatch
7:57 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
snow has turned to sleet here with snow mixing in as well - Campbelltown, PA.
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218. Gaara
7:48 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Nothing yet here in Stratford, CT. Hoping for a wetter event so I don't get stuck at work. Have a show to see in New Haven tonight!
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217. kaaterskillfalls
7:24 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Hey-o Blizz blog ! Merry Christmas everyone. I check in relatively infrequently from back in the mid-Hudson Valley of NY - currently though I'm up in the western Finger Lakes area south of Rochester to visit family during the holidays.

Got plenty of wine and beer to ride out the storm up here - hearing that we might have some good totals in the area but fully expecting to be dry slotted as usual... hahaha

Hopefully there's enough on the ground tonight to venture out around town with the snowshoes - that's my only goal for immediate future :)

I'll report in with some snow depths (or lack thereof) from time to time as things progress...

kaaterskillfalls
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216. MariettaMoon
7:14 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Forecasts for this storm have been a mess for the last week and frankly have not come together much better than they were a week ago. This is a tough one. I don't think the holiday break helped with analysis, even at the NWS offices.
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215. LivelySnow
7:09 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Pretty sure I'm hearing sleet mixing in....I didn't think that was to happen here in Harrisburg....at least not for quite a while?????? Hmmm.....???

(where is everyone?)
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Cornell University- Atmospheric Sciences Undergrad; Research Assist.- Onset of Spring Indices Toolbox; Interests- Small spatial scale climatolology

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Linglestown, PA
Elevation: 520 ft
Temperature: 24.2 °F
Dew Point: 15.2 °F
Humidity: 68%
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 9.0 mph
Updated: 10:37 AM EST on January 18, 2014

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