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Evening Notes from the Northeast

| 7:59 pm February 8, 2013

A view from Boston’s Back Bay tonight thanks to Twitter user @knomad.

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Some notes from the Northeast:

NEW YORK CITY/LONG ISLAND
CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
CENTRAL PARK LGT SNOW 30 28 92 NE15G26 29.66F VSB 3/4 WCI 19
LAGUARDIA APRT LGT SNOW 31 28 89 N18G26 29.64F FOG WCI 19
KENNEDY INTL LGTSLEET 31 28 89 N21G32 29.62F FOG WCI 18
NEWARK/LIBERTY LGT SNOW 31 29 92 N23 29.65F FOG WCI 18
TETERBORO LGT SNOW 30 28 93 N16G24 29.65F VSB 3/4 WCI 19
WHITE PLAINS SNOW 29 25 85 N15G23 29.62 VSB 1/2 WCI 18
FARMINGDALE LGT SNOW 30 27 86 N21G32 29.56F FOG WCI 17
ISLIP SLEET 30 29 96 N24G35 29.53 VSB 1/2 WCI 16
SHIRLEY HVY RAIN 33 31 92 N14G24 29.53F FOG WCI 23
WESTHAMPTON RAIN 34 33 96 N25G39 29.53F FOG WCI 21
MONTAUK POINT N/A 33 33 100 N29G48 29.46 WCI 19
…NWS New York City reports that their 7 p.m. balloon was lost after release, so there will be no sounding data.
…Here is a link to some thundersnow video from Middle Island in Suffolk County.
…Coastal flood warnings are in effect. High tide at the Battery tonight was at 7:12 p.m. Tide was a little more than two feet above normal.
…8,000 have no power on Long Island.
…80 mph wind gust reported on the end of Long Island at Montauk a earlier.
…Preparations in the New York City area were taken a little more seriously today in light of Superstorm Sandy at the end of October.

The Upton radar shows heavy sleet and heavy snow in bright colors.

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BOSTON/MASSACHUSETTS
CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
BOSTON SNOW 31 30 96 NE36G52 29.79F VSB 1/2 WCI 15
BEVERLY SNOW 31 28 89 NE28G44 29.81F VSB 1/4 WCI 17
LAWRENCE HVY SNOW 21 17 84 MISG 29.87F VSB 1/4
…63 mph wind gust at Nantucket
…MASSDOT weather station north of Brockton, Massachusetts reported a 91mph wind gust at 7:50pm.
…Moderate to potentially major coastal flooding is expected in the morning on the eastward facing coastlines in Massachusetts. Scituate, Sandwich and Nantucket are expected to experience major flooding around the time of high tide around 9-10 a.m. on Saturday.
…Just saw a new one for me: an Ice Accretion Advisory for coastal areas of the coasts of MA, RI down to Montauk NY.
…Boston forecast:
SUFFOLK MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…BOSTON
715 PM EST FRI FEB 8 2013

…BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST SATURDAY…
…COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST SATURDAY…

.TONIGHT…SNOW. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES. ADDITIONAL SNOW
ACCUMULATION OF 12 TO 18 INCHES. VERY WINDY WITH LOWS AROUND 15.
NORTH WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW
NEAR 100 PERCENT.
.SATURDAY…SNOW. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES IN THE MORNING.
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION MORE THAN 2 FEET. WINDY AND COLDER WITH
HIGHS IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS
UP TO 40 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW NEAR 100 PERCENT.

RHODE ISLAND/CONNECTICUT
…12 inches or snow already at Woonsocket and Smithfield RI
…63 mph wind gust at TF Green Airport near Warwick
…13,000 without power in Connecticut.

Sunny Saturday Ahead

| 3:17 pm February 8, 2013

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… I am headed to the BJCC for live weather on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00 from the World of Wheels**

DRIER AIR WORKING INTO THE STATE: The sky is clearing nicely across North Alabama this afternoon, and the remaining clouds over the central counties of the state will move out tonight. However, look for some fog late tonight and early tomorrow morning with a clear sky, light wind, wet ground, and temperatures dropping to the dew point.

BIG TIME BLIZZARD: The blizzard forecast for the I-95 corridor from New York City to Boston is developing as forecast…

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Snow totals of 1-2 feet are likely for NYC, and 2 feet or higher for Boston. Winds will be over 60 mph at times, and travel will be shut down. Widespread power outages are likely as well.

SUNNY SATURDAY: Once the morning fog burns off, tomorrow promises to be a very nice day, with ample sunshine and a high at or just over 60 degrees. But, we are in a very fast moving pattern and the dry weather won’t last long.

Clouds return Sunday along with a gusty south wind; showers develop Sunday afternoon ahead of a storm system deepening across the nation’s heartland.

TWO VERY WET PERIODS: The first shot of rain and storms will come Sunday night into Monday morning. The heaviest rain will most likely come from about 8:00 p.m. Sunday through 8:00 a.m. Monday… strong storms are possible as well but the overall severe weather risk for now looks low.

The second round of rain and storms will come Tuesday, Tuesday night, and into the early morning hours Wednesday. Heavy rain will be the main threat, although strong storms are certainly possible. Flooding is a potential issue as well thanks to saturated soil.

Three day (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) rain totals of 2-3 inches are likely, with isolated amounts to 4 inches.

Colder and drier air returns Wednesday and Thursday; some snow is likely on the back side of the departing storm system early Wednesday just north of Alabama.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The GFS hints at a little light snow over North Alabama one week from today (Friday Feb 15), followed by very cold, Arctic air the following weekend (Feb 16-17). And, some hint of snow remains around Feb 19-20. The mid-month period looks cold and unsettled; winter is far from over.

STORM ALERT 2013: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama continues through February. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here are the remaining Storm Alert tour dates…

February 12 Jasper – CHS Community Building
February 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School

All shows begin at 6:30… be sure and get there early to get a good seat.

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I had a great time today seeing kids at Greystone Elementary, and Calera Elementary… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday, my next Weather Xtreme video will be posted by Monday morning at 7:00. Enjoy the weekend!

Northeast U.S. Blizzard Beginning

| 8:10 am February 8, 2013

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Snow begins from NYC to Boston. Intensity will increase dramatically this afternoon with increasing wind. Below is the blizzard warning from the NWS Boston…

…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST SATURDAY…

* LOCATIONS…EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS…INCLUDING BOSTON AND THE BOSTON METRO AREA…ALL OF RHODE ISLAND INCLUDING BLOCK ISLAND…AND SOUTHEASTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOW…BLOWING AND DRIFTING AT TIMES… QUARTER MILE VISIBILITIES…AND WINDS GUSTING NEAR 60 MPH.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF MORE THAN 2 FEET.

* TIMING…LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP BY THIS MORNING…BECOMING HEAVY LATE IN THE DAY INTO THE EVENING COMMUTE. THE HEAVIEST SNOW…ESPECIALLY FOCUSED ALONG THE I-95 CORRIDOR… WILL FALL TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE ANTICIPATED AS ROADS BECOME SNOW COVERED BY THIS EVENINGS COMMUTE. STRONG NORTH-NORTHEAST WINDS ARE ANTICIPATED WITH GUSTS UP TO AROUND 60 MPH…RESULTING IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW. DAMAGE TO TREES AND STRUCTURES ALONG WITH SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE ANTICIPATED.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 70 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES…ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT GUSTS OVER 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL BECOME POOR WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES. THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS MAY BECOME LOST OR DISORIENTED…SO PERSONS IN THE WARNING AREA ARE
ADVISED TO STAY INDOORS.

Rain This Morning; Brighter Tomorrow

| 6:12 am February 8, 2013

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

RADAR CHECK: A band of light to moderate rain is moving through Northwest Alabama this morning ahead of a cold front. This rain will move southeast over the next few hours, and should be out of here by the lunch hour today. Rain amounts will be generally less than 1/4 inch, and drier air will begin to work into the state this afternoon with the clearing process beginning late in the day.

We turn colder tonight in the wake of the front; most places will be very close to freezing early tomorrow, with 20s likely for the colder valleys. Also we should point out there could be some fog late tonight and early tomorrow.

TO THE NORTHEAST: A major blizzard is ahead for the New York City-Boston I-95 corridor over the next 24 hours; potential for 2-3 feet of snow with winds over 50 mph, with potential for gusts to hurricane force. This storm will be a major disruption with potential for widespread, long lasting power outages, airport shutdowns, and infrastructure damage. Travel will be impossible in many areas tonight.

BRIGHTER DAY FOR ALABAMA: Once the morning fog burns off, tomorrow promises to be a delightful day, with ample sunshine and a nice warm-up; the high will be very close to 60 degrees.

QUICK CHANGES: South winds will increase Sunday ahead of a deepening surface low over the Great Plains; we will mention a chance of showers Sunday afternoon, and rain and storms will become widespread Sunday night over the northern half of Alabama with potential for heavy rain. While a strong storm is certainly possible, for now the chance of organized severe weather looks low, and SPC does not have any defined areas in their Day 4-8 convective outlook. Looks like the heaviest rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Sunday through 8:00 a.m. Monday.

Both the GFS and ECMWF are in good agreement; most of the midday and afternoon hours Monday should be rain-free for North and Central Alabama as the axis of rain shifts down into the southern counties.

But, a wave of low pressure is forecast to form on the front west of Alabama, and another batch of rain and storms will blow through Tuesday into Tuesday night. Heavy rain will be possible again, and we will have to watch for flooding issues since the ground will be saturated. And, like the Sunday night round of storms, a strong storm can’t be ruled out, but the severe weather threat for now seems minimal.

Rain totals between Sunday and early Wednesday will be in the 2-3 inch range, with some spots possibly getting 4 inches of rain.

Cooler and drier air arrives Wednesday.

VOODOO LAND: The GFS and ECMWF continue the idea of a colder and unsettled pattern for the Deep South at mid-month, and almost every run has hinted at some kind of winter weather mischief in the February 17-21 time frame. Still too early to make any specific kind of forecast, but clearly something to watch with very cold air in place and an active southern branch of the jet stream. See the Weather Xtreme video for details, maps, and graphics.

STORM ALERT 2013: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama continues through February. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here are the remaining Storm Alert tour dates…

February 12 Jasper – CHS Community Building
February 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School

All shows begin at 6:30… be sure and get there early to get a good seat.

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Thanks to everybody for coming out to our first weather tour stop last night at Holt High School… had a standing room only crowd. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!