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Weather - Mother Nature's Little Joke


Mother Nature's Little Joke

By Gerard Roe
staff meteorologist

Winter waited until the very last moment before supplying us with our only true nor' easter of the season. A powerful storm developed along the East Coast during Sunday and Monday. Because it is cut off from the main steering flow of the atmosphere, it progresses only very slowly. With cold northeast winds streaming in from off the ocean, there is a ready supply of moisture, giving the prolonged and heavy snowfall. With tightening pressure gradients, very strong winds will develop throughout the northeast. As the surface winds turn more northerly, the snow will diminish somewhat by the middle of the day, but a few more inches of accumulation are possible during the morning. Wednesday will see a return to clearer skies but strong winds will persist through the afternoon before calmer weather finally prevails. In the longer range, a large cyclone developing in the west bears keeping an eye on for late in the weekend, but it will be preceded by a welcome warming on Thursday and Friday.

Today: A few inches of additional accumulation possible during the morning. Snow diminishing during afternoon and very windy. Sustained winds out of the north of 3040 mph (4864 kmh). High 34F (1C).

Tonight: Continued windy. Some clearing. Low 29F (-1C).

Wednesday: Clearer, but continued windy. High 45F (7C). Low 34F (1C).

Thursday: Some much needed warming. High around 55F (13C). Low in the upper 30s (around 4C).