Shaun Tanner has been a meteorologist at Weather Underground since 2004.
By: Shaun Tanner , 7:04 PM GMT on October 28, 2011
If you like Winter weather and you live in the Northeast, then you will like this weekend. An early season Nor-easter is set to slam the Northeast with a significant punch of snow. The storm is expected to rapidly intensify off the Mid-Atlantic coast on Saturday before passing southeast of Cape Cod Saturday night.
The storm's minimum low pressure via the European model seems to be around 992 mb Saturday night, which makes it not a particularly strong storm in terms of pressure. Also, temperatures throughout the area will not be incredibly low (Saturday forecast for NY is 43, Boston is 45) so expect mostly rain for many areas until the colder temperatures of night set in. Once this happens, however, expect potentially record-setting October snowfalls to occur.
Here are just a few daily record snowfall amounts that appear to be in jeopardy for Saturday and Sunday:
Central Park Trace(2002) 0.80(1925)
Boston 1.10(2005) Trace(2000)
Albany 0.40 0.10
Bridgeport (CT) Trace(2008)
Providence Trace(2005) Trace(2000)
As you can see, it is not going to take much to break some of these records, which is why this snowstorm will be of significance. Will it be a storm of epic proportions? No, but several inches of early season snow on the Northeast could cause quite a headache for the residents in the area.
Here are some links you can use to navigate your way around the storm:
New York City Radar. I know what you are saying..."What if I don't live in New York City? No problem, I don't either. Just go to that page, and click on a cross in the map to the right that is associated with your area. You will be taken to a radar page that shows what is going on in your area. This is a good way to keep track of where the precipitation is and when it will hit you.
WunderMap with radar on it. If you are more inclined to watch radar for a wider area, then WunderMap is for you. Just click on that link and you can animate it to watch the storm in real-time. Then click on the Weather Stations checkbox to see what the temperature is like in your area. You can zoom in to see more local areas as well. An important note is that it can be snowing in an area where the temperature is greater than 32 degrees. So keep that in mind when you go out to do your errands this pre-Halloween weekend.
Also, it would be smart to monitor your local city page. For instance, if you go to the city page for Boston, MA, there is a wealth of information there. My favorite is the webcams. Pick a webcam in your area and watch the snowfall accumulate throughout the day. Better yet, grab yourself a warm cup of chocolate Saturday night and watch your favorite webcam.
The most snow is set to fall on the Catskills with over a foot possible. Most other places that will receive snow will get anywhere from a dusting to a few inches.
Figure 1. Severe weather map of the Northeast, showing Winter Storm Watches that will shift over to warnings as the weekend progresses.
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