Major winter storm likely Mid West and Mid Atlantic

By: wxchaser97 , 4:45 AM GMT on March 04, 2013

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A winter storm is taking shape for parts of the Mid West, Great Lakes, and Mid Atlantic. Winter storm warnings, watches, and advisories are in effect for areas in the path of this storm. This system has the potential to drop a swath of 6-12" of snow in some areas. Winds will be gusty in some of these areas, but not high enough to warrant blizzard warnings/watches. The low is currently on the Montana/Canada border moving southeast. It is expected to continue to move southeast and slowly weaken as it gets into Minnesota. A new low should form, partly by the energy from the old one, and move east bringing the Mid Atlantic snow.


Fig. 1 A loop of the current low.

Computer models are still uncertain with the evolution of this storm. They don't agree on where the low will track and where the heaviest snowfall will be. Obviously, the farther north the low goes the farther north the heaviest snowfall will be. The NAM and SREF are the northern models with the ECMWF and UKMET the southern ones, GFS and GEM are more or less in the middle. This means that the heaviest snow could set up from S Michigan/N Ohio and moves ESE or south central Indiana/Ohio and move ESE. As we get closer to the event, this should be ironed out. Personally, I would like models to shift north some to put SE MI in the heavy snow axis. It looks like Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Washington DC are cites that should get 6"+ of snow from this storm. It is possible that the low, once out to sea, turns northeast and brings the Northeast some accumulating snow. That is something that is uncertain and needs to be watched in later runs. For the Mid Atlantic, precipitation may start out as a rain or rain and snow mix before changing to all snow. This, combined with iffy temperatures, could create issues for accumulating snow in the DC and coastal areas. I still think DC should get between 6-12" of snow. Snowfall rates, however, will be very intense and that is a plus for accumulating snow. Snow won't be the only problem, there will also be gusty winds with the storm. Areas could see gusts up to 30mph in some instances throughout the storms path. Blowing and drifting snow would be a problem, even in areas where snow is wet. Coastal flooding could be a problem as winds will be onshore. My snowfall forecast for the entire storm can be seen below. While I am pretty confident in it, models can and will change resulting in changes in track/snowfall amounts. I will have to likely update this map in the next 18-36hrs.

Fig. 2: My current snowfall forecast.


I will definitely have a new update tomorrow or Tuesday regarding this winter storm. If you are going to be in the path of this system, heed the winter weather statements and be prepared. Have a great Monday, if that's possible, everyone.

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7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:56 AM GMT on March 05, 2013
wxchaser97 has created a new entry.
6. WunderGirl12
4:32 PM GMT on March 04, 2013
Ohh, Isaac, got a question for you. Are you part of Skywarn?
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5. WunderGirl12
4:32 PM GMT on March 04, 2013
Thanks Isaac for the new post. No snow or anything for me though. WHAT A BUMMER....It's been pretty cold here the last few days. (At least for a Floridain, like me. :-P) Well, I can't wait till your next post. :-)

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4. wxchaser97
11:48 AM GMT on March 04, 2013
Quoting Doppler22:
Winter Storm Watch for me maybe? Because Baltimore County has a winter storm watch and thats only a few mikes down the road from me

It is possible that you get a winter storm watch.
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3. Doppler22
11:44 AM GMT on March 04, 2013
Winter Storm Watch for me maybe? Because Baltimore County has a winter storm watch and thats only a few mikes down the road from me
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2. wxchaser97
4:51 AM GMT on March 04, 2013
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
I will definitely have a new update tomorrow or Tuesday regarding this winter storm. If you are going to be in the path of this system, heed the winter weather statements and be prepared. Have a great Monday, if that's possible, everyone.


that just caught my attention... thanks Isaac!

You know how Mondays can be, you're welcome.
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1. trHUrrIXC5MMX
4:46 AM GMT on March 04, 2013
I will definitely have a new update tomorrow or Tuesday regarding this winter storm. If you are going to be in the path of this system, heed the winter weather statements and be prepared. Have a great Monday, if that's possible, everyone.


that just caught my attention... thanks Isaac!
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I'm in high school and love meteorology and extreme weather. I've been fascinated by weather since I was 5, and I plan on becoming a meteorologist.