Winter Storm “Eziekel” could produce up to 24 inches of snow in parts of inland New York State, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts this Sunday (tomorrow). Before it gets there though, it’s currently affecting central Northern areas with very heavy outbreaks of snow currently affecting Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. 6 to 12 inches of snowfall are expected in these areas in the next 24 hours.
Winds are really high with this storm – so there’s a continued risk of drifting from this system.
Through tonight and into Sunday it will continue to head eastwards, bringing heavy snow across the northern Great Lakes and into the North East this weekend. As such, the National Weather Service have issued both blizzard (red) and winter storm warnings (pink) on the map below from Weather.Gov.
Tomorrow afternoon things really get going in the north east. Heavy outbreaks of rain and sleet are likely along the coast – maybe a bit of snow; but it’s really inland and on any high ground that things will get tricky. Snowfall rates of 2-3″ per hour are expected from New Hampshire, down to Northern Pennsylvania, and everywhere between (probably not the coast, more likely east of I-95). Some places could well see up to 2 feet (24 inches) of snow, particularly on high ground areas. That’s enough to cause some serious disruption, even in areas used to getting large amounts of snow.
Snowfall accumulation forecast
This is the latest snowfall accumulation chart from Pivotalweather.com. Areas with the pinks and purples are areas that could see 12 to 24 inches of snow! 2 main areas – 1. central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the far north of the great lakes and 2. north east Pennsylvania, central / eastern New York State, Massachusetts, central / southern Vermont and New Hampshire, it’s likely to get pretty bad here tomorrow. Be prepared.
Also note – early next week (Monday / Tuesday), cold northerly airstream is likely to produce some lake effect snowfalls for the great lakes, producing isolated accumulations of up to 12 inches in places, however most places on the south eastern side of the lakes will see around 4-8 inches.