A huge area of low pressure resposible for bringing many severe weather over the next 48 hours is expected to deepen further to uncharted teritory. Heavy snow and severe wind gusts is not a nice combination and is forecast for much of the east coast through tomorrow and up into the far NE (Maine etc), by late Thu into FRI. Snow totals will range from 12 to 18 inches for areas North East of Boston in New York, much of Vt, New Hampshire and Maine. A severe ice risk is in force for coastal regions further south, Carolinas coast, Georgia coast, and into Virginia, further north heavy snow and VERY strong winds.
U.S Blizzard Forecast 3rd January – 5th January 2018
This area of low pressure is undergoing rapid cyclogenisis – characterized by a 1mb drop in pressure per hour, and is gaining immense fuel. The risk involves heavy sheet ice, brutal conditions, for areas within 150 miles of the coast in North and South Carolina, GA and VA, however further in land heavy snow can be expected with accumulations along the more southern coast, 3-5 inches. The western extent will be about the I85 through the Carolinas however severe ice will fall around and to the ast of the I95. The precipitation heading through NJ and Maryland will be lighter, but still cause some accumulation. The system will gain intensity as it heads into New York.
New York – 3-5″. Boston – up to 12 inches with Blizzard conditions. The storm will whip up brutal conditions across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine late Thursday and into Friday with wind gusts up to 120kmh, hurricane force gusts, and over 70mph and sustained winds over 35mph, almost tropical storm force in places. If the severe ice storm expected between Jacksonville and Norfolk wasn’t enough, the heavy snow a little further east and blizzard in the far NE (Maine), will. RISKS: The severe ice will likely produce power outages and appalling road conditions, and the heavy snow will drift in the strong winds, cutting off roads especially on high ground areas, some rural areas even at low levels may be cut off in the red zone.