Archive for October 30, 2011

A HISTORIC EARLY SEASON SNOWSTORM POUNDS PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST… TREES AND LIMBS WITH LEAVES ON THEM SNAP DUE TO THE WEIGHT OF THE HEAVY, WET SNOW… WHILE THE WEATHER IMPROVES, ANOTHER LOW COMING UP FROM THE SOUTH MAY BRING SOME WET WEATHER LATER MONDAY TO HAMPTON ROADS

It was truly a remarkable storm for late October. Heavy snowfall blanketed a large area of the Northeast causing power outages, travel disruptions, etc, etc. This pre-Halloween snowstorm will go down the the record books as one of the earliest winter storms to ever affect the region. The cause was a low pressure system that intensified as it moved up the East Coast feeding on the warm waters of the North Atlantic and being in between two very different air masses. What made this a very serious situation is that in many areas of the Northeast, the trees still had their leaves on them. This adds to the overall weight of the snow on the branches. ¬†I was up in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday and snow fell there as well although it melted as the snow turned to a very chilly rain. Snow mixed in as the precipitation ended. When I awoke Saturday morning, the vehicles had snow on them. Here in Hampton Roads, light rain fell and I picked up about a half inch of rain. The storm system is right now off the New England coast and is quite a strong system as it pulls away…. Our Sunday looks like it will be a sunny day but there will be an unseasonable chill in the air. Then, another low pressure system will develop well to our south and west and it will move off the coast on Monday night and Tuesday. This system may bring a period of rain to the Eastern VA Monday night and early Tuesday. No snow is expected with this storm. Sunshine should return on Wednesday. There are no areas of concern in the¬†tropical Atlantic at this time.

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