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By: Angela Fritz , 9:09 PM GMT on November 07, 2012
Powerful Winter Storm Athena moved up the eastern seaboard Wednesday, with its center a few hundred miles east of the New Jersey coast by the mid-afternoon. Winter Weather Advisories are posted from northeast Maryland through Maine in anticipation of several inches of snow by the time the storm exits the area. Coastal flood warnings and wind advisories are also posted for the same areas that were hit by Sandy last week.
Severe Weather Alerts for Winter Storm Athena
Athena is bringing a variety of intense weather conditions to the coast from Maryland through Massachusetts:
Athena has strengthened considerably over the past few days as it utilized the warm waters of the Gulf Stream to deepen significantly. This, in turn, has created very power winds for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
Some notable wind gusts are:
67 mph near Cuttyhunk, MA
60 mph near Dunn Landing, NY
62 mph near Vineyard Haven, MA
54 mph near Fairhaven, MA
54 mph near Cut Bank, MA
51 mph near Plum Island, NY
50 mph East Falmouth, MA
Elevated Water Levels
Because of the intense winds blowing water toward the coast, water levels have been elevated beyond normal from New Hampshire through Virginia. Some notable water levels ABOVE NORMAL at 3:40 pm ET. include:
2.5 feet at Battery Park, NY
2.5 feet at Atlantic City, NJ
2.1 feet at Kings Point, NY
2 feet at Quonset Point, RI
2.7 feet at Bergen Point West Reach, NY
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have installed a live storm surge layer on the WunderMap so you can track the elevated water levels as they happen. You can find that here.
Rain and Snow
Since Athena is a nor'easter-type storm, it is pulling cold air southward into the Northeast. Afternoon temperatures from Maine through northern Pennsylvania and New Jersey were in the 30s. This cold air produced areas of heavy snow, with the heaviest snowfall reported in Connecticut. Snowfall reports ending 2:40 PM ET:
4.5" at Clintonville, CT
3.5" at Brookfield, CT
3.0" at Monroe, CT
3.0" at New Fairfield, CT
3.0" at Ridgefield, CT
3.0" at North Brandford, CT
Weather Underground has a number of webcams in Connecticut that are recording the snow as it happens. Take a look here.
Here are a few webcam shots of note.
Rain is also falling from Delaware through Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts. A few weather stations in southern New Jersey have reported over 1 inch of rain thus far, while numerous weather stations from New Jersey through Long Island have tallied over a half inch of rain thus far.
The official HPC precipitation forecast is calling for over an inch of precipitation as far north as eastern Maine.
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