Historic blizzard buries Northeast U.S.

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Cross country skiing at U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC, USA, 23 Jan 2016 (AP)

More than 60 cm (2 feet) of snow fell in a narrow band of the Northeast U.S. from West Virginia to Cape Cod in the so-called Blizzard of 2016.

Major cities were buried in snow including New York City’s Central Park with 68 cm (just shy of an all-time record), Philadelphia with 57 cm (which surpasses an entire average winter snowfall) and Washington Dulles Airport with 74 cm.

Wind gusts were reported at more than 80 km/h in many areas.

Forecasters say another storm system could impact the region later this week which may also affect Atlantic Canada.

Kate will not impact Atlantic Canada

hurricane-kate

Hurricane Kate has formed north of Bermuda but the Canadian Hurricane Centre says the storm is not expected to impact Atlantic Canada.

The fourth hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season was centred 420 kilometres north of Bermuda early today and moving northeast at 65 km/h.

The maximum sustained winds were 120 km/h.

Forecasters are monitoring Kate and an unrelated system south of Cape Cod that could bring some rain to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Is winter finally coming to SE New Brunswick?

Pre-snow in NE Moncton, 11 January 2012

We’ve had cold but have seen little snow in Southeast New Brunswick so far this winter – less than 60 cm in Greater Moncton since late October, compared to an average of about 120 cm by mid-January – but according to Environment Canada that is about to change.

Special weather statement  issued at 10:48 AM AST Wednesday 11 January 2012 for:

Fredericton and Southern York County, Fundy National Park, Queens County, Grand Manan and Coastal Charlotte County, Kent County, Kouchibouguac National Park, Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick, Sunbury County, Saint John and County, St. Stephen and Northern Charlotte County and Kings County.

Snow is expected late in the day Thursday and continue overnight.

A low pressure system will develop south of Cape Cod early Thursday morning and track northeastward towards the Maritimes during the day and bring snow to most regions by evening.

Snow will begin Thursday afternoon in the southwest and spread across the province in the evening.

Southwestern regions are currently forecast to receive up to 10 cm by midnight.

The snow will continue to accumulate past midnight before it either ends or changes to rain depending on the region.

Another 5 cm is possible overnight for some of these regions.

Fall storm-a-comin’

Flooding in Massachusetts, USA from storm system (FB)

A low pressure system near Cape Cod will rapidly deepen and track near the Maritimes as it develops into a major storm.

Southeastern New Brunswick can expect 50 to 80 millimetres of rainfall over the next two days and strong northerly winds gusting to 100 km/h are also forecast along the Northumberland Strait.

Higher than normal water levels combined with unusually high waves will impact the coastline causing flooding, beach erosion and possible damage to structures near the shore.

North facing coastlines from Point Escuminac to Cap-Pele will be most susceptible to the strong winds and wave action.