Two emails were waiting in my Inbox this morning. The first was from my cousin who lives between Boston and the coast. She said she wants to move to Texas. The second was from my aunt who lives a couple of houses away from the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire. She simply said, “ENOUGH!” Interestingly, she had been asking for snow a few months ago. Another cousin — a skier — in Montpelier, VT can never have too much snow. Maybe this time he’ll be saying, “Enough!” as well.
And there was another email waiting quietly in my Inbox this morning. This one was from our StormWatch team identifying the areas that will receive the heaviest snowfall. Lake Winnipesaukee may see as much as 20 inches, Montpelier just a little less and Boston maybe 6 to 8 inches of snowfall depending on the storm track. Let’s not forget the first full day of spring is this coming Thursday.
The pattern is an interesting one, as a look at ImpactWeather’s “Day One” image to the left indicates. Not one, but two low pressure areas are combining to draw abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, abundant moisture from the Atlantic and abundant cold from the northern regions of Canada. Key to all of this is the high-latitude blocking pattern that is at its highest level in many years (blocking patterns can tie-up global weather patterns, but also shove weather systems much farther south — or north — than usual) and is showing no signs of breaking down with the passage of today’s double-barreled low pressure system. In fact, it looks like the block may survive another 10 days which would allow another couple of weather systems, including unseasonable cold, to plunge much farther south than one might expect for this time of year. ImpactWeather’s StormWatch Manager, Fred Schmude, was noting how temperatures in North Dakota and south-central Canada are some 30 degrees below normal. Temperatures in Europe and Russia are much below normal, too.
I think my cousin is onto something about moving to Texas. We’re expecting near-record highs today in the middle 80s and today was the first day I’ve worn my summer motorcycle jacket since early November.