Frankly Speaking: Sunny Here, Blizzard East

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What a morning it’s been on the east coast!  Over a foot of snow has fallen in some areas, and we’re not even close to being done!

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Snapshot of the radar just after 8:30 shows that even the back edge of the snowfall remains in the Appalachian Mountains, which means it has a long way to go before it’s done!

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I took a screenshot of one of our WeatherBug live cameras in eastern PA this morning and sights like this were very common.  Blowing snow, gusty winds, and limited visibility were problematic among many areas this morning.

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Look at all the areas under a watch or warning this morning!  As a meteorologist, this storm is incredibly impressive to myself.  You’ll hear the word “historic” several times in the news over the next few days, and here’s why.  Record totals of snowfall currently sit near 30″ of snow, and are expected to eclipse that total by tomorrow morning, especially with the current pace we’re on.

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Totals at the Philadelphia airport had already reached over a foot this morning, and with the shift in the storm, metro New York will expect up to 2 feet as well!  The only major city along the eastern seaboard that won’t get hammered by snowfall is Boston, which is looking at between 2-4″ by the end of the weekend.

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How does a storm system out east have an impact on West Michigan?  Well the winds flow around a low pressure center in a counter clockwise motion.  As a result, the winds have been out of the northeast for the better part of the last couple of days.  As the system to the east moves to the Atlantic, the winds will return to a westerly/northwesterly direction by later on today.

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As winds move off the lake tomorrow, we’ll see cloud cover increase with the possibility of a few light snow showers by the afternoon and evening.

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Our better opportunity for precipitation arrives late Monday.  Majority of the daytime hours will be dry, but believe it or not, RAIN is in the forecast!  Yes, we’ll switch to snow into the overnight hours of Monday into Tuesday.  Totals look light at this point, as we’ll see an inch or two here and there for the majority of the week, with the exceptions in heavier bands that develop near the lake.  Have a great remainder of the weekend and I’ll see you Monday morning!

-Garry

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