Wrap Up of the Northeast Snow Event
[Originally Posted December 21, 2009.]
All eyes the past few days have been on the Northeast snow event. The slow moving storm started in the Gulf of Mexico and moved through the Southeast Friday causing flooding in Florida and knocking out electricity to more than 85,000 customers in the Carolinas. Rain turned to snow as the system moved up the East Coast and caused at least five deaths and travel problems, and left stores normally filled with holiday shoppers empty. Many airports in the Northeast, after several canceled flights and delays, are trying to get back to normal. At the New York City area’s three major airports this weekend nearly 800 flights were canceled. If headed that direction you may want to check ahead.
Snowfall amounts were very impressive. Amounts in the Northeast ranged from just a few inches to over 20 inches in isolated locations. Below you can see a map with actual amounts of snow that fell in the Philadelphia and D.C. areas.
Farther north, snowfall totals are coming in around 15 inches in the New York City area and up to 8-12 inches in the Boston area.
The low pressure system that brought all the snow continues to move away from the East Coast and will allow the Northeast to dig out and clean up this week as the next storm system gets ready to move into the Plains States with the threat for snow around Christmas. Below is an outlook prepared by ImpactWeather Meteorologist Fred Schmude for possible snow Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.