Tuesday 11:15 a.m.
This video shows how the weather should behave in the aftermath of Sandy:
Stories, accounts, memories and nightmares associated with Sandy will be told for a long time. It has been an epic storm. The utter devastation in the New York City area looks like it came out of a movie, except the set is real, as is the suffering.
The storm will continue to weaken slowly during the next few days as it drifts to the northeast along with the upper-air storm that "captured" it. It was in some ways a repeat of the October 1991 Perfect Storm, except Sandy came ashore; the Perfect Storm did not.
I just got off the phone with one of our key radio group in West Virginia (Metro Radio News), and we were talking about the heavy snow in their mountains. In parts of Tucker, Pocahontas and Randolf counties, higher elevations have been buried by 3 feet of heavy, wet snow. They had interviewed a couple from D.C. who had decided to "drive west to get out of the way of Sandy" and wound up stuck in the West Virginia snowstorm.
At Chicago, the National Weather Service office said their "south buoy" in Lake Michigan had recorded a tie for second place for the highest wave ever recorded there... just over 20 feet.
With the disaster declarations, President Obama has again joined with his predecessors dating back to the 1920s in federal disaster assistance. The first widespread deployment of such assistance began at the insistence of Herbert Hoover (in advising President Coolidge) in the wake of the great Mississippi River Flood of 1927. Hoover's work and leadership during that flood was said to help his bid for the presidency the following year.
As of 11 a.m., Sandy was centered southwest of the middle of Pennsylvania, as shown on this pressure map.
On this map from 10 a.m. ET Thanksgiving Day, you can see the high pressure area that is causing dry and mild weather in the East and the cold front farther west.
During the late afternoon and early evening hours, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey and cause it to accumulate 1-2 inches on plates...
This satellite picture shows clouds over parts New York and Pennsylvania, as well as areas of low clouds, fog and snow cover from Michigan to Illinois. Most of the Northeast should have at least some sunshine through Thanksgiving Day.
As we go through the week, the flow aloft over the East will become southwesterly. This will promote a major warmup. This map shows the projected upper-air flow for Thanksgiving afternoon:
A major snowstorm will affect the area from Iowa to Michigan tonight and tomorrow. At first, snow can melt on streets, but as it continues and the temperature drops, the area impacted by slippery conditions will increase dramatically. This map shows expected accumulations:
This map shows two cold fronts in the northeast quarter of the nation; 9 a.m. ET temperature are plotted. The isobars are closest together over the central and western Great Lakes, and this is where the strongest winds were occurring.