Gargantuan winter storm’s blinding snows, hurricane-force gusts cut power to hundreds of thousands across Northeast

The worrisome and rapidly-expanding toll hurricane force winds and historic levels of snowfall are taking on the power grid across the Northeast is but one of a worrisome array of impacts the latest storm to lambaste the region is having.



Accumulations blow past 20” late Friday night with snow still coming down hard—30”+ totals are on the way in the hardest hit locations



Snows continue to pile up. As of 1AM EST Saturday morning, 26” of snow has been measured at Hamden, Connecticut while 24.5” is the latest report from Wolcott, 24” at Guilford and 22” at New Haven—all in Connecticut. The National Weather Service Forecast Office at Upton, New York reports 22.4” already on the ground. In all these areas, snow continues to fall heavily.



Boston’s all-time record storm tally of 27.6” may well fall before snowfall winds down Saturday, with 18” already reported down there through midnight Friday night/Saturday morning—and hours of snowfall still ahead. Thunder and lightning has accompanied snowfall at a number of locations, underscoring the incredibly intense nature of the storm.



Motorists are reported stranded in cars on the Long Island Expressway while the system’s coastal storm surge, being driven by howling northeast winds gusting above 70 mph, is sending sea water onto coastal roadways and into homes in the Boston area.



Dangerous teen and single-digit wind chills accompanying the blizzard



Of great concern is the widespread loss of power underway in the frigid environment within which Friday night and Saturday’s blizzard is taking place. 76 mph winds have whipped Boston and the storm’s powerhouse circulation combined with 20-degree thermometer readings has driven wind chills into the teens and single digits—in some locations, below zero.



Losing electricity could imperil the ability to heat homes—a situation which isn’t just inconvenient, it’s dangerous!



Second storm threatening blizzard conditions across wide swath of northern Plains and western Midwest



The Northeast storm is just one of two powerful systems impacting the weather as February’s second full weekend gets under way. A second storm in the Rockies has prompted the issuance of an array of warnings and advisories across sections of 14 states—the most ominous of them blizzard watches covering an area from Colorado east into Minnesota.



Our in-house RPM model is producing snow accumulation forecasts with that system as high as 10 to 20 inches across sections of the Dakotas—a cover of snow likely to be extensively blown and drifted by fierce winds predicted to exceed 50 mph at times as the weekend proceeds.



Chicago headed for rain, wind and potential thunder in system’s “warm” sector Sunday



The storm behind the Plains and western Midwest blizzard threat is to produce rain in Chicago Sunday which may begin as a period of sleet, and could go on to include some embedded thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.



The storm’s cold backside winds will drive colder air and snow showers into the area Monday.

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