Living up to our Reputation!
2017-02-07 15:07:01.000 – Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist
We’ve had a very active winter so far on the summit of Mount Washington, and that trend is definitely going to continue in the week ahead. With 193” of snow so far this season, we’re already over 3 feet above average for this point in the winter, with plenty more snow on the way.
Low pressure will track through the St. Lawrence Valley overnight Tuesday and heading into Wednesday morning, with a warm front pushing moderate to heavy precipitation through New England. Snow today will change over to sleet and possibly some freezing rain for lower elevations of New Hampshire, with enough cold air in place for all snow on Mount Washington. 6-10” of new snow are expected through tomorrow morning with this system, with an additional trace to 2” of snow through the day Wednesday. On the backside of this storm winds will pick up to sustained speeds of hurricane force, with gusts approaching 100 mph likely creating blowing snow and whiteout conditions above tree line.
Less than 24 hours after the departure of the first storm, a second potentially even stronger storm system will be taking aim once again at New England. Low pressure is expected to quickly develop over the Mid-Atlantic coast and “bomb out” as it tracks into the Gulf of Maine, with models starting to trend closer to the coast the last few runs. It’s looking more likely that several more inches of snowfall, along with hurricane force winds will occur from early Thursday morning through the evening. If the storm tracks even further inland potentially a foot or more of new snow could be possible, along with 100+ mph winds. Keep an eye on our higher summits forecast and current summit conditions over the next few days, we’re certainly living up to our reputation as the “home of the world’s worst weather”!
GFS model showing low pressure centered near Cape Cod early Thursday afternoon.
Tom Padham, Weather Observer/Meteorologist