Here comes the snow again....
This is one of many computer models dealing with the developing storm for late Friday. This one keeps the low offshore and puts cold air and lots of snow over the Maritimes.
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 11:53AM AST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 5, 2013 11:57AM AST
Here comes the snow again!
Before I look ahead at what’s coming at the end of the week, I thought we should have a look back at the weekend storm. I’d like to start by quoting Grandma who believed that “Le trois fais le mois”. Roughly translated it means the kind of weather we get on the 3rd of the month is an indication of the kind of weather we can expect for the rest of the month. If it holds true, it’s going to be a stormy month.
The storm that rolled in late Saturday night brought snow, rain, ice pellets, freezing rain and lots of wind. Highest snowfall amounts were measured in Pictou county with close to 30 cm. Generally speaking 10-20 cm of snow fell across the region. Halifax came in with a respectable 20 cm!
In many locations, rain followed the snow and made it almost impossible to shovel - 41 mm of rain fell at Ingonish Beach! And how about those winds; gusts to 96 km/h were recorded at Grand Etang. North Cape PEI was a close 2nd with gusts to 91 km/h.
So, now that were through with that one, I’m watching another! (Maybe Grandma was right!)
It’s still early in the game. This morning, the energy that will come together to form the area of low pressure is still out in the eastern Pacific where there is limited data. The computer models have 2 very different takes on how this will come together. A number of computers see 2 distinctive storm systems; one to the north and the other coming up the eastern seaboard. Most of those computer models keep the northern and southern branch storm systems separate later this week, leading to a weaker, quicker moving storm that brings a light to moderate accumulation of snow. Should that scenario unfold, we’re looking at 10-15 cm of snow from late Friday into Saturday.
A few computer models attempt to phase the two storms as they close in on New England early Friday, which leads to a significantly heavier snowfall. I’ll have a much clearer picture early tomorrow on whether or not there will be some phasing as the energy moves inland across the western U.S.
Should that be the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up with 30-50 cm of snow across the Maritimes by Sunday morning!