WEATHER BLOG: NE Storm
Historic and powerful low pressure center is east of Cape Cod and will move away to the east-northeast Saturday into the evening with diminishing impacts from west to east. Certainly winds are going to still be felt behind this powerhouse storm all across the Northeast with the strongest winds and heaviest of the snow still creating blizzard conditions in eastern New England Saturday morning. As seen on radar, the back edge of the snow is fairly sharp and will be pulling out of most of the eastern part, though it will continue into Saturday afternoon in eastern Maine. Preliminary reports are coming in at over two feet in parts of Suffolk County, N.Y., including a report of 27.5 inches in St. James, N.Y.
Highest report I have found so far is in New Haven County in Conn. with 34.0 inches at Hamden. Wind gusts with this storm include near 40 mph at Central Park and many 40-50 mph wind gusts in Suffolk County and gusts of over 60 mph at some of the buoys. Up in Mass., Buzzards Bay had a peak wind gust of 74 mph and Boston’s Logan Airport recorded a peak gust of 76 mph. So obviously, the hardest hit points have been from Long Island up through Connecticut, Rhode Island and into Massachusetts with the blizzard conditions and general 1-3 feet. In general, as expected, snowfall totals farther south and west of this blizzard zone have been less, and for us, nothing.
So as we go forward, the cold wind that picked up Friday evening will be gusty still Saturday, reaching 40 mph at times, and it will be cold despite the return of sunshine.
High pressure coming in from the west will help settle those winds down and with clear skies we will be quite cold. High pressure will promote sunshine most of Sunday, though some high and perhaps mid clouds will show up later in the day before increasing and thickening the first half of Sunday night.