2014-03-24 16:34:16.000 – Samuel Hewitt, Summit Intern
Although the calendar reads late March, it feels more like January across much of the northeastern United States. Northwesterly winds behind yesterday’s cold front have helped to usher very cold temperatures into New England, with some spots struggling to get out of the single digits today. Last night the temperature on the summit fell to 17 degrees below zero, just 6 degrees shy of breaking the daily record low. With another very cold night in the cards for much of the region, many are starting to question if Winter will ever end?
And if the cold temperatures weren’t enough, many are buzzing about the threat of a mid-week snowstorm? And unfortunately, yes, there will be a storm. A disturbance racing across the nation’s mid-section will phase with energy currently in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Mid-Atlantic coastline late Tuesday. As the system moves northeastward through Wednesday, it will rapidly intensify into a major ocean storm. The rapid intensification, otherwise known as ‘bombing out’, will result in very strong winds and heavy snowfall. Fortunately for most of New England, the bulk of the precipitation will remain offshore. However, extreme eastern Maine, as well as Cape Cod and The Islands will see a plowable snow and very strong winds.
The summit has received 55.0 inches of snow so far this month, nearly 10 inches above normal. If this weather pattern keeps up, we will certainly be adding to that total before the end of the month next Monday. For those of you who may be curious, we have seen 274 inches of snow since October, which is roughly 40 inches above normal! Will we hit 300 inches? Only time will tell.
Samuel Hewitt, Summit Intern