The same clipper system that brought a few hundredths of an inch of rain and gusty winds to eastern Kansas Saturday night is blossoming into a strong and potentially historic blizzard for several major population centers in the Northeast starting tonight through Wednesday. Widespread snowfall totals of 12-24”+ and winds gusting to 65mph are expected. Offshore, a Hurricane Force Wind Warning has been issued, urging “all vessels should remain in port”. Below are a few excerpts from the actual Blizzard Warning issued by the NWS in Boston, as well as a snow accumulation total graphic from AccuWeather.
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
353 AM EST MON JAN 26 2015
…A CRIPPLING AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC BLIZZARD WILL IMPACT THE
AREA MAINLY FROM LATE TODAY INTO TUESDAY…LINGERING INTO EARLY
* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND 20 TO 30 INCHES…
WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 4 INCHES AN
HOUR AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL RESULT IN WHITE-OUT
/ BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WITH NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY. TRAVEL WILL
BE IMPOSSIBLE AND LIFE THREATENING ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION.
* WINDS…NORTH-NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 65 TO 75 MPH.
THE HEIGHT OF THE WINDS WILL BE LATE TONIGHT INTO TUESDAY.