Winter Storm Freyr Dumps 6-12″ of Snow Across Ohio Valley, Northeast

Written by on December 30, 2012 in North and South America, United States of America with 0 Comments

The latest in a series of big winter storms, named Freyr has dumped a further and impressive 6-12″ swath of snow through the Ohio Valley and Northeast. This latest system has helped deepen the snowpack or, for some, added snow to places which were bare. This entire pattern which kicked in the week before Christmas looks set to continue with colder air set to drop into the region tonight.

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Another system is set to add further snow to parts of the South and East between New Year and the 2nd before an even stronger push of arctic air drops into the Midwest and eventually the Northeast later this week.

Here are some graphics from weather.com which show some of the larger snow totals produced by Freyr.

Lower Midwest.

Source: weather.com

Source: weather.com

Northeast

Source: weather.com

Source: weather.com

While Chicago still awaits it’s first inch of snow, Indianapolis now has an impressive 14″ snowpack and after a widespread warm first half of December with many wondering if this winter would be a repeat of last year, Indy has now seen it’s 9th snowiest December. Many parts of the Lower Midwest are now catching up for the warm start. What a turnaround.

With more shots of arctic air coming down, the deepening snowpack will keep these air masses very cold with minimal weakening. The snow covered ground encourages arctic air south and with the strongest push yet dropping into the Midwest midweek and Northeast late week, expect some record lows to be set.

Stay tuned for a post later today which looks more closely at the coming cold and further snow prospects.

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