A wicked spring storm brought wild weather to the Northeast to start the workweek. Heavy wet snow fell in the higher terrain while a windswept rain drenched coastal regions.
The storm churned up the East Coast on Sunday night, soaking places from the Carolinas to New England with torrential rainfall. As the center of low pressure strengthened, cold air wrapped into interior parts of the region, causing precipitation to change to snow from West Virginia through New York.
Snow Blankets Interior Northeast
Snow totals varied significantly with elevation. The central Appalachians in West Virginia and Pennsylvania were hit the hardest with totals exceeding a foot in the highest elevations. Laurel Summit, Pa., had the jackpot: 23.2 inches!
|City, State||Storm Total Snowfall|
|Laurel Summit, PA||23.2 inches|
|Oakland, PA||8.0 inches|
|Estcourt, ME||8.0 inches|
|Canton, NY||4.0 inches|
|Donegal, PA||3.0 inches|
|Rochester, NY||2.6 inches|
|Buffalo, NY||0.8 inches|
Windswept Rain Drenches Coast
Rainfall was equally impressive with a solid swath of 2 to 4 inches from New Jersey through New England. Residents of Long Island, N.Y., received between 2.5 and 3.5 inches.
Numerous daily rainfall records were set including 3.13 inches in Portland, Maine, which broke the old record of 1.54 inches set in 1921.
|City, State||Storm Total Rainfall|
|Jewett City, CT||4.41 inches|
|West Haven, CT||4.19 inches|
|Portland, ME||4.09 inches|
|Providence, RI||3.17 inches|
|Portsmouth, NH||2.87 inches|
|Boston, MA||2.48 inches|
|Philadelphia, PA||1.97 inches|
A look at rainfall amounts from the storm across the mid-Atlantic. This includes the 24 hours preceding 8 a.m. on Monday.
Strong Winds Buffet Northeast
The strengthening storm also caused the winds to whip at up to 50 mph from Ohio to the New England coast. These gusty winds, along with heavy snow and rain contributed to close to 60,000 power outages from Kentucky to Maine. The hardest hit states were New York (17,000 outages) and Pennsylvania (30,000 outages).
|City, State||High Wind Gusts|
|Mount Washington, NH||94 mph|
|Mount Mansfield, VT||79 mph|
|La Guardia Airport, NY||54 mph|
|Sandy Hook, NJ||51 mph|
|Dewey Beach, DE||45 mph|
|Groton, CT||44 mph|
|Atlantic City, NJ||43 mph|
Chilly Conditions Along East Coast
The storm brought a wintry feel to much of the Northeast, a region that has experienced a stretch of unusually warm weather to start the spring. Residents were reminded that snow and chilly temperatures can still occur in late April.
In Virginia, two record low maximum temperatures were set. Lynchburg only reached 48 degrees while Danville climbed to 49. Both were the coldest high temperatures for the date.
More seasonable weather is expected for the remainder of the week, but the possibility of showers will also linger for many areas. The unusual warmth of the past month should stay suppressed to the south for much of the next week.
The potential for isolated severe weather will creep up in the Northern Plains, Texas and the Gulf States.
The volcano is in a rather remote spot, and the biggest price will be to airlines caused by the ash.
Thunderstorms with hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are pushing through the Plains continuing this weekend and into Monday.
Though recovery continues from Superstorm Sandy, residents and homeowners on the Atlantic coast should prepare for another active season in 2013.
Smoke from fires in the Yucatan Peninsula will affect parts of Texas and Louisiana over the weekend.
A tornado reaching up to a mile wide at times left at least six dead Wednesday in Hood and Johnson counties, Texas.
Boston, MA (2007)
1.72 inches of rain, a record for the date (old record: 1.09 inches in 2002)
Philadelphia, PA (2001)
24th straight day without measurable rain.
Chicago, IL (1894)
Severe snow/rain storm; 9 vessels on Lake Michigan destroyed.