Hello and happy Halloween Monday everyone, hope all is well and you’re the weather where you are isn’t too scary. We’ll have your Halloween forecast for you in just a second, but let’s take a look back at the record breaking snowfall event that took place this weekend in the Northeast. Below is a snowfall total map, the heaviest of which fell across parts of the New England States including the high elevations of central and western Massachusetts:
The information below comes from that National Weather Service
“The rare early-season winter storm that affected the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the weekend broke record snowfall totals for October. Communities in western Massachusetts were among the hardest hit, with snowfall totals of 32 inches reported in Peru, Mass., and 30.8 inches reported in Plainfield. Jaffrey, N.H., reported 31.4 inches. Dozens of locations from Virginia to Maine set daily snowfall records on October 29 and 30. New York’s Central Park recorded 2.9 inches of snowfall during the storm. This is the first time since records began in 1869 that an inch or more of snowfall has been recorded during the month of October. From January 1 through October 29, 65.75 inches of precipitation has fallen at Central Park — 24.10 inches above normal for the year to date — making 2011 the third wettest year on record.”
Snow Seen From Space
This is a great satellite image from nearly 23,000 miles high, you can actually see the carpet of white a day after the system roared through.
Many in the Northeast Still Without Power
The worst part about this storm is that there were millions of people without power and there are still up to 2 million without power as of midday Monday. Below is a story from Bloomberg.com:
A big wet, heavy snow with lots of wind helped to bring down lots of trees on to power lines. The early season storm caught trees off guard as many of the trees still had leaves on them. This was more surface area for the snow to pile up on allowing additional weight to bring trees crashing to the ground.
Your Spooky Halloween Forecast
Our Next Weather Maker
Take a look at the next system moving in to the Northwest. This is likely to bring another round of snow to the Central Rockies into Tuesday.
More Snow in the Central Rockies
Look at the snow across the Central Rockies by November 1st. An up slope flow has snow piling up across the front range of the Rockies through early Wednesday
Winter Weather Headlines Posted
The National Weather Service has issued winter weather headlines for parts of the Central Rockies through early Wednesday for snow amounts that could be up to 8″+
The upslope flow could bring more than 12″ in a few spots in the Central Rockies as seen by the snowfall forecast below thru 1pm Wednesday
That’s all for now, thanks for checking in. We’re tracking a fairly active beginning to November 2011, which chat about a little more tomorrow! Happy Halloween!!
Meteorologist Todd Nelson