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January 22-24th Blizzard Observation and Snow Reports

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Man what a day! Went for a 4 mile hike/trek during the storm and it was just amazing. Snowing heavy again. Due to drifting I can't get a great measurement but somewhere between 22-25 inches. One of the best storms of my life, I can't believe it's still ripping outside.

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Just measured 31" here in Warminster. Still getting close to 1"/hr rates though lighter within past 5 minutes. Radar still training over the area. Band pumping in from NYC down into NJ and right into Bucks County (among other areas). Deformation band ftw!! Best storm I have personally ever witnessed eclipsing January 1996 totals where I lived at the time.

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We haven't shoveled, snowplowed or even gone outside today......Tomorrow is going to be "fun" LOL

lol ... me, too. 

 

 

Today and this entire week tracking this thing has been fun. But tomorrow is going to be like waking up after a great party -- you're hungover, the place is trashed and now you gotta clean it all up.

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Man what a day! Went for a 4 mile hike/trek during the storm and it was just amazing. Snowing heavy again. Due to drifting I can't get a great measurement but somewhere between 22-25 inches. One of the best storms of my life, I can't believe it's still ripping outside.

In the Princeton area it must have been nice! I hope took pics, for memories.

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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0061
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0540 PM CST SAT JAN 23 2016

AREAS AFFECTED...PORTIONS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC AND SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND

CONCERNING...BLIZZARD

VALID 232340Z - 240345Z

SUMMARY...SNOWFALL RATES WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH ACROSS MUCH OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC AND SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND THIS EVENING...BUT GUSTY WINDS
WILL MAINTAIN AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW. ADDITIONALLY...POCKETS OF
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL RATES /UPWARDS OF 1-2 INCHES
PER HOUR/ MAY PERSIST A FEW MORE HOURS ACROSS THE REGION.

DISCUSSION...THE LATEST SFC ANALYSIS INDICATES PRESSURE FALLS AROUND
1-2 MB/HR AT BUOYS SOUTH OF NOVA SCOTIA...AS LOW PRESSURE DEEPENS
SOUTHEAST OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST. AS INTENSE ISENTROPIC ASCENT
SHIFTS FARTHER EAST...AND MID-LEVEL DEFORMATION MOVES NORTHEAST
TOWARDS THE CANADIAN MARITIMES...SNOWFALL RATES ACROSS THE
MID-ATLANTIC/SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHOULD SLOWLY DIMINISH THIS
EVENING. NONETHELESS...RECENT OBSERVATIONS FROM SEVERAL SITES STILL
INDICATE HEAVY SNOWFALL...WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS REPORTED AT JFK
AND ISLIP NY. MOREOVER...KDIX AND KOKX ZDR/KDP DATA ILLUSTRATE A FEW
BANDS OF APPRECIABLE DENDRITIC/CRYSTAL GROWTH ALOFT...WHICH IS
SUSTAINING POCKETS OF ENHANCED SNOWFALL RATES UPWARDS OF 1-2 INCHES
PER HOUR. IN TURN...A FEW AREAS OF HEAVY SNOW/BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
MAY CONTINUE INTO THE LATE EVENING HOURS.

ADDITIONALLY...AS MID-LEVEL FRONTOGENETIC FORCING SHIFTS EASTWARD
OFF THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND COAST...A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW/BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS MAY PIVOT ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN MA /ESPECIALLY NANTUCKET
AND EASTERN CAPE COD/ LATE THIS EVENING...BEFORE SHIFTING OFFSHORE
OVERNIGHT.

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mcd0061.gif

MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0061

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

0540 PM CST SAT JAN 23 2016

AREAS AFFECTED...PORTIONS OF THE MID-ATLANTIC AND SOUTHERN NEW

ENGLAND

CONCERNING...BLIZZARD

VALID 232340Z - 240345Z

SUMMARY...SNOWFALL RATES WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH ACROSS MUCH OF THE

MID-ATLANTIC AND SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND THIS EVENING...BUT GUSTY WINDS

WILL MAINTAIN AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW. ADDITIONALLY...POCKETS OF

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL RATES /UPWARDS OF 1-2 INCHES

PER HOUR/ MAY PERSIST A FEW MORE HOURS ACROSS THE REGION.

DISCUSSION...THE LATEST SFC ANALYSIS INDICATES PRESSURE FALLS AROUND

1-2 MB/HR AT BUOYS SOUTH OF NOVA SCOTIA...AS LOW PRESSURE DEEPENS

SOUTHEAST OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST. AS INTENSE ISENTROPIC ASCENT

SHIFTS FARTHER EAST...AND MID-LEVEL DEFORMATION MOVES NORTHEAST

TOWARDS THE CANADIAN MARITIMES...SNOWFALL RATES ACROSS THE

MID-ATLANTIC/SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND SHOULD SLOWLY DIMINISH THIS

EVENING. NONETHELESS...RECENT OBSERVATIONS FROM SEVERAL SITES STILL

INDICATE HEAVY SNOWFALL...WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS REPORTED AT JFK

AND ISLIP NY. MOREOVER...KDIX AND KOKX ZDR/KDP DATA ILLUSTRATE A FEW

BANDS OF APPRECIABLE DENDRITIC/CRYSTAL GROWTH ALOFT...WHICH IS

SUSTAINING POCKETS OF ENHANCED SNOWFALL RATES UPWARDS OF 1-2 INCHES

PER HOUR. IN TURN...A FEW AREAS OF HEAVY SNOW/BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

MAY CONTINUE INTO THE LATE EVENING HOURS.

ADDITIONALLY...AS MID-LEVEL FRONTOGENETIC FORCING SHIFTS EASTWARD

OFF THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND COAST...A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW/BLIZZARD

CONDITIONS MAY PIVOT ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN MA /ESPECIALLY NANTUCKET

AND EASTERN CAPE COD/ LATE THIS EVENING...BEFORE SHIFTING OFFSHORE

OVERNIGHT.

Wow, time to.put the boots on and go back out.

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ABE:

 

Add another 10.5 since 1pm.

 

Total as of 7pm: 31.7"

Congrats Lehigh Valley!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Previous storm record for ABE was something like 27", correct?  This blows it away and continues to pile up, albeit more slowly.

 

So ABE got 30" of snow in the last 19 hours, and 22" in the last 12 hours.

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I'm only 17 and I have said before that nothing will ever beat two 15+ in one week back in 2010. Well, I think this storm may have done it. Thanks for the fun ride guys, it's been real

 

edited: 25" now 

 

This has reminded me of the '96 storm being more powdery - although I don't recall getting dry-slotted during '96.

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Where are you measuring in Chesco??

Near Honey Brook. Have some good elevation here too at 850 ft.

It's not official CoCoRaHS standards, but measured 16" for first snowblow of driveway around 10am and then 9.5" around 4pm at second snowblow. 2" since that time.

So 27.5" total. Depth is probably more like 25"

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Looking at the radar, it appears the back edge is moving very slowly southeastward, and there are still pretty potent bands rotating in from the NE, I think this storm may take a lot longer to wind down than is expected...

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Awesome shot...Looks like a legit 30" there.

Thanks. Actually, a good measurement can be made any time here; I just need to measure the height of that table. :)

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Congrats Lehigh Valley!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Previous storm record for ABE was something like 27", correct?  This blows it away and continues to pile up, albeit more slowly.

 

So ABE got 30" of snow in the last 19 hours, and 22" in the last 12 hours.

Yes, the death band that set up in the early afternoon was very impressive.  It was tough to measure with the wind and drifting but the snow depth thankfully was consistent with the averages which were received from the snowfall measurements on the board.  Been living here in the Valley since 1962 and never have seen anything like what I witnessed today.  I truly believe it will take multiple days to fully dig out.  Oh, and light snow continues.....

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Yet another heavy band has rotated in overhead. Radar still looks good, nothing is really moving!

On the larger scale, I agree; this thing is in no hurry to move out. That said, I wonder if the party is coming to an end for Lehigh/Northampton soon.

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