Historic and powerful low pressure center is east of Cape Cod this morning and will move away to the east-northeast today into tonight with diminishing impacts from west to east today. Certainly winds are going to still felt behind this powerhouse storm all across the Northeast with the strongest winds and heaviest of the snow still creating blizzard conditions in eastern New England this morning.
As seen on radar, the back edge of the snow is fairly sharp and will be pulling out of most of eastern this morning, though it will continue into this afternoon in eastern Maine. Preliminary reports are coming in at over two feet in parts of Suffolk county, including a report of 27.5 inches in St. James, NY.
Highest report I have found so far is in New Haven County in Connecticut with 34.0 at Hamden. Wind gusts with this storm include near 40 mph at Central Park and many 40-50 mph wind gusts in Suffolk County and gusts of over 60 mph at some of the buoys. Up in Massachusetts, Buzzards Bay had a peak wind gust of 74 mph and Boston's Logan airport recorded a peak gust of 76 mph.
So obviously, the hardest hit points have been from Long Island up through Connecticut, Rhode Island and into Massachusetts with the blizzard conditions. In general, as expected, snowfall totals farther south and west of this blizzard zone have been less.
So as we go forward today, the back edge of the snow will be moving out of this city early this morning as the storm churns east-northeastward and by noon, the sun should be shining. However, as we said, those winds are going to be strong and gusty still today with gusts to near 40 across the area this morning into early afternoon causing blowing and drifting snow.
High pressure coming in from the west will help settle those winds down tonight and with clear skies, we will be quite cold.
High pressure will promote sunshine most of tomorrow, though some high and perhaps mid clouds will show up later in the day before increasing and thickening the first half of tomorrow. The next system will be a large sweeping front extending from low pressure that moves into the Great Lakes early next week. Moisture in advance of this front will move in later tomorrow and there will be some rain later tomorrow night and through at least the morning on Monday.
The good news is that there will be appreciable warming with this system and no frozen precipitation is expected in the city, but areas north and west of the city will have some ice changing to rain later tomorrow night into Monday morning before temperatures go above freezing.
We have to watch for the potential of some dense fog in the area Monday evening into the overnight before the front moves eastward and stirs things up enough to dry things out by Tuesday morning. Wes should have a dry westerly flow and some sunshine behind this system Tuesday.
We have to watch another potential southern branch storm that develops on the southwest periphery of this front down near the center Gulf Coast Tuesday. This storm may take a track far enough north to bring us some wintry and wet weather Wednesday night before pulling away Thursday. Jury still out on how far this storm gets.
After a dry day Thursday with some sunshine and moderate temperatures, we will have to watch next weekend for the potential for another large storm system coming up from the southwest.
Stay warm, be safe, and have a great weekend.