US Snow Cover Below 40% But Northeast Is Highest Yet @ 99.6%, Cold End To Feb!

Written by on February 16, 2014 in United States of America with 0 Comments

Snow and indeed cold continue to be the theme these days as the Northeast yet again dug out this morning following the latest storm. That storm dropped about 1-3 inches widely from the Mid-Mississippi Valley to Mid-Atlantic with some sweet spots south of Boston picking up over a foot.

Check out this gorgeous scene this morning from Quincy, Mass (Courtesy of Sammie D)

Courtesy of Sammie D @M08D26

Courtesy of Sammie D @M08D26

Despite the latest snowstorm and a very cold pattern still across much of the Eastern half of the country, snowpack is shrinking, largely due to warmth in the South and the added energy in the now mid-February sunshine.

For the first time in a while, the national snowpack is below 40%, here it is.

Source: NOAA

Source: NOAA

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However, thanks to the recent bombardment of snow across the Northeast, the coverage has climbed to 99.6% across the region and that’s the highest of the season to date.

Source: NOAA

Source: NOAA

Here’s the Northeast snow totals from the last 24 hours via Ralph Fato (follow him @WeatherNut27)

Courtesy of Ralph Fato

Courtesy of Ralph Fato

Another Snow System? Yes!

As the latest system clears the Maritimes today, the next system is already spreading snow and wind across the Upper Midwest and will crossing the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast tomorrow and Tuesday.

Here’s a look at the ECMWF show chart through the next 48 hours.

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

 

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

 

The model has two areas of 3+ inches, Midwest and Northeast with lesser amounts over the interior Northeast. That’s because the model sees a secondary developing off the Jersey coast and this, like the last could produce some bigger totals along coastal New England possibly down to New York City.

Warmer air now building over the Southwest where record highs are expect, will spread east, reaching the snowbound Northeast by Thursday, Friday.

As the warmth pushes into the Northeast the next cold and snow shot is already impacting the Upper Midwest and set to dive southeast…

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With all these snow systems continuing, just how much snow have we seen this winter compared to average?

Source: AccuWeather

Source: AccuWeather

Will Late Week Warmth Last? Answer: No!

Another trough containing cold air drops out of Canada in the 8-14 day.

CPC day 6-10 catches the end of the warmth day 4-6

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Then here’s the 8-14

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CFSv2 is on top of it with the warming this week then the cool down the following.

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Note the return of cold air takes aim at the Plains, Midwest. Week 3-4 shows the cold further east. Interesting to see that Alaska ridge popping up again!

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As of yesterday, the Great Lakes ice cover stands at 80.9% with Lake Superior looking like it’s pretty much iced over.

Source: NOAA

Source: NOAA

Here’s a visible satellite view showing the Lake Superior ice cover well thanks to clear skies this morning.

Source: NASA

Source: NASA

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