The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of \"life-threatening\" conditions during the snowstorm in the Twin Cities due to heavy snow and strong winds, with the Winter Storm Severity Index indicating \"extreme\" impacts.
Between the lines: The main storm system looks to deliver a raging blizzard from the Plains to parts of the Midwest, with the Twin Cities forecast to see about 2 feet of snow fall between Tuesday and Thursday.
A steady strand of storms across Lake Erie on Wednesday created lake-snow effect with rates of 1-2 inches of snowfall from Chautauqua County's lakeshore into southern Erie County. Nighttime snowfalls could reach more than a foot.
By the numbers: National Weather Service preliminary data shows that from Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening, the sprawling storm dumped 36 inches of snow on Deadwood, South Dakota, and 26 inches on Hulett, Wyoming.
On March 3, a major winter storm brought snow to the mid-Atlantic, freezing rain to the Carolinas and rain and some freezing rain to the Gulf Coast states. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured an image of the clouds associated with the winter storm on March 3 at 12:45 p.m. EST (1745 UTC)/ as it continued on its march over the mid-Atlantic.
California and other parts of the West are facing heavy snow and rain from the latest winter storm to pound the United States. The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and Southern California mountains. As much as 5 feet of snow could fall there. Interstate 5 is closed in parts of California. Meanwhile, Michigan is shivering through extended power outages caused by one of the worst ice storms in decades. Residents of the Pacific Northwest are recovering from snow that brought traffic to a standstill. The weather has closed major roads around the country, caused traffic pileups, closed schools and snarled air travel.
California and other parts of the West faced heavy snow and rain Friday from the latest winter storm to pound the U.S., while thousands of people in Michigan shivered through extended power outages wrought by one of the worst ice storms in decades.
Forecasters warned of severe thunderstorms that could create waterspouts off the Southern California coast. A blizzard warning was to go into effect in part of Nevada later in the day.Meanwhile, a storm that battered the Plains and Midwest for days began to diminish, the weather service said, but gusty winds could still cause blowing and drifting snow. And Portland, Oregon, continued to recover from snow that brought traffic to a standstill this week.
In Southern California, the latest storm began moving in Thursday with rain and snow flurries. Flood watches and warnings were in effect through Saturday afternoon for some coastal regions and valleys, and the potential for rainfall causing flooding and debris flow in some areas burned by wildfires in recent years.
Other areas affected by the storm include parts of the Upper Peninsula and the western Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where gusty winds and heavy snow will also cause near zero visibility and unsafe travel conditions.
New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 827th Engineer Company and Airmen assigned to the 174th Attack Wing clear snow to free an AMR ambulance in Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 26, 2022. Hundreds of New York National Guard members deployed to western New York following the Christmas weekend snowstorm.
Four feet of snow fell on the region along Lake Erie from Christmas Eve to Dec. 26, with more expected Dec. 27. At least 28 people died, and local officials expected the number of fatalities to climb. The storm knocked out electricity in many areas and closed roads.
Hochul, who issued a statewide State of Emergency that went into effect early Friday, also pointed to the storm's impact on transportation hazards and emergency response. Every fire truck in Buffalo, she said, was stranded and stuck in snow as of Saturday morning.
One of the largest snowfall totals in New Hanover County came from the Christmas Coastal Snowstorm during December 1989. This Nor'easter dumped more than 15 inches of snow in Wilmington and was followed by brutally cold temperatures near zero.
Some sun and lighter winds this morning. It is cold with highs in the teens today on the upper mountains and 20's at lake level. Increasing clouds this afternoon with a chance for snow showers by evening. Tonight we should see scattered snow showers, with another 2-4 inches of snow possible by morning.Sunday through Thursday we dry out with some sun. We start cold Sunday with highs in the 20's on the mountains, but warm into the 30's Monday through Thursday, and 40's at lake level. The next storm could move in Thursday night into Friday bringing several more inches of snow to the mountains.Next weekend we could see a break before more storms return the week of the 12th.
This will be the final icing on the cake for this storm. This storm is already over the forecast due to the intense snowfall rates last night. The GFS and European models show up to 2 tenths of an inch of liquid tonight. The WPC model below is showing up to 3 tenths near the crest, and the NAM shows up to 4 tenths.
We will finally clear out of this 3 day storm tomorrow. Winds this morning have already dropped off with top gusts only to 30 mph now on the mountain tops. They will calm more tomorrow with sun and highs in the 20's. That will make for perfect skiing after 6 feet of new snow!
To put this storm into perspective. Just 3 days into the month, March is already the snowiest month of the season by far. We have seen more snow in 3 days than December-January combined. Dodge Ridge has seen more snow than Dec-Feb combined. This has jumped the season to date snowfall average to 68% of average. Still well below average for the season, but a huge jump from the 44% we were at just 3 days ago. Many of the ski resorts have seen over 100 inches in the last 19 days.
We could still see several inches of snow on the mountains Thursday night through Friday night. I will put out the initial snowfall forecast for this storm tomorrow. The latest model runs show snow levels around 8000 feet Thursday night falling to 7000 feet Friday and 6000 feet Friday night.
We hope you are safe and warm during this snowy winter storm. Although some of us are curled up in our apartments cozied by the warmth of our laptops, many brave New Yorkers have ventured out. The city carries on! Here are some photos from around the city from Winter Storm Niko.
This weekend has been quite mild, the wind increased Sunday but not quite a sign that a storm is blowing in just yet. Actually, a disturbance did pass by but clearly without a notable impact on the cities, but the high country does have a dose of some snowfall today through tomorrow.
Due to the number of driveways intersecting county roads, Larimer County does not have the time and resources to clear private driveways whether due to initial snow storm or windrows generated from snow plowing. Therefore, citizens need to be prepared to clear windrows of snow deposited in front of their driveways potentially several times through a storm.
Throughout the winter, crews are performing routine roadway maintenance activities and Managers are monitoring weather forecasts. The day prior to a forecast winter storm, plow trucks and other snow removal equipment are readied and stationed at the 7 shop locations. If winter weather is forecast to occur overnight, we are monitoring road conditions throughout the night and developing a response plan for the following day. This monitoring consists of reviewing weather forecasting sites, checking our Road Weather Information Stations and having employees physically check road conditions. If it is deemed necessary to dispatch crews to address road conditions those decisions are made early in the morning and crews report to work at 3:30 a.m. to ready plows and receive work assignments. Plows are then on the road at 4:00 a.m. with the goal of having all Level 1 roads plowed by 7:00 a.m.; in time for the morning commute and school bus traffic. Operations then continue as dictated by the storm event and policy, through 8:30 p.m. in the evening. When the storm event is over and snow and ice control work is complete, plows and spreaders are unloaded and crews return to routine maintenance activities.
The storm unleashed its full fury on Buffalo, with hurricane-force winds and snow causing whiteout conditions, paralyzing emergency response efforts. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said almost every fire truck in the city was stranded Saturday. Officials said the airport would be shut through Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service said the snow total at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport stood at 43 inches (109 centimeters) at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Most years an average of 48 inches of snow falls in town. The most snow on record was during the March 2003 blizzard when 32.2 inches of snow fell during the storm. October marks the beginning of snow in the city and by April, the snow ends for the season.
During the 2007-2008 season, 489 inches of snow fell making it the snowiest period on record for Steamboat Springs. However, in most years, the snow is much less with storms beginning in October and lasting until late May. 59ce067264