Winter storm clouds explode in the northeast with heavy snow, including most of New England and New York The Weather Channel – Weather Channel Articles

  • Winter Storm Gail exploded northeast until Thursday.
  • Heavy snow, thunderstorm winds and coastal flooding will accompany the storm.
  • More than a foot of snow has accumulated in parts of Pennsylvania and New York.

Winter Storm Gail is hammering its northeast as a high-impact nor’easter, featuring snow, strong winds and coastal flooding.

This storm is not limited to the northeastern interior, but also occurs near portions of the Interstate 95 corridor from New England to New York.

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More than 40 centimeters of snow has been reported in south-central New York, and Gail’s heavy snowfall in some cases continues to fall in much of New York and New England. Ten inches of snow was measured at Central Park by Thursday morning.

Winter storm signals

The National Meteorological Service has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advice from parts of New England to the mid-Atlantic.


Winter warnings

(From the National Meteorological Service.)

Forecast timing


The storm will begin to last Thursday.

Snow and thunderstorms are delayed for at least a portion of Thursday in the North East, primarily in New England, but also in the Hudson Valley and central New York in the morning.

Weather conditions are expected to improve in most locations by the second half of Thursday, with the exception of coastal New England, where snow and strong winds can last until late afternoon.


Strong winds are expected, especially near the New York Underground, to Long Island and coastal New England.

Power outages and tree damage can occur, especially where strong winds and strong snow overlap. Blowing snow also significantly reduces visibility.

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This storm is likely to cause coastal flooding in the mid-Atlantic and New England. The National Meteorological Service has issued warnings and advice on coastal flooding from North Carolina to Massachusetts.

Moderate coastal flooding is expected by Thursday morning tide along the Jersey coast and the Delaware coast.


How much more snow?

The heaviest amount of snow in the storm is likely to be in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, parts of the Hudson Valley, and southern and central New England. The amount of snowfall is likely to exceed 1 foot and in some areas it can reach 2 meters locally.

For further snowfall, moderate to heavy snowfall will continue in parts of New England until Thursday noon.

(ADDITIONAL MAPS: Winter Storm Gail Map Tracker)


Snow forecast

(Note: The forecast snowfall on the map above will be added to the months that have already fallen.)

Storm Recap

Up to 40 inches of snow fell in parts of Pennsylvania and New York, and 45 inches of snow were reported at Vestal in New York.

Two all-time snow records have been broken. Binghamton, New York, reported 39.6 inches, breaking the previous 35.3-inch record from Winter Storm Stella in March 2017. Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was 24.7 inches, surpassing previous January 12-13, 1964. Between its record of 24.1 inches.

There was hourly snow every hour in Philadelphia, where 5-6 centimeters of snow was measured in the city by early Wednesday evening, by which time rain and tin rain began to mix. Philadelphia International Airport reported 6.3 inches on Thursday morning.

Two to three inches / hour of snowfall according to the National Meteorological Service, they were common in southeastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey.

By Thursday morning, as much as 10 inches of snow had accumulated around the Pittsburgh subway.

At least two people were killed in a multi-vehicle pile in downtown Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

The snow moved to the New York tri-state in the middle of the afternoon and then increased in the evening, with a monthly snowfall of one inch / hour. Ten inches of snow meant Central Park on Thursday morning.

By early Wednesday afternoon, 2 inches of snow had gathered at Washington-Dulles International Airport, snow falling in large lumps or aggregates, according to a video posted on social media. The precipitation turned to rain within a few hours.

A quarter of an inch of ice was reported in Blacksburg, Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday. A number of accidents have been reported at Interstate 81 near Christiansburg, Virginia, Wednesday morning.

Early Wednesday morning, limbs and electrical wires were dropped due to ice in Saluda, North Carolina, southeast of Asheville.

Generally, less than 4 inches of snow fell in parts of the Midwest, from Illinois and Indiana to Ohio and southeastern Michigan.

A woman throws a shovel full of snow while digging out her car.  On Thursday morning, December 17, 2020, in Manchester, NH South New Hampshire, a winter storm is expected to cover the snow with snow all day.  (AP photo / Charles Krupa)

A woman throws a shovel full of snow while digging out her car. On Thursday morning, December 17, 2020, in Manchester, NH South New Hampshire, a winter storm is expected to cover the snow with snow all day. (AP photo / Charles Krupa)

Heavy snow hit the south of New England on Wednesday night, with several reports of more than 6 inches of snow since early Thursday. The strong wind also battered the coastal areas on Thursday morning.

So far, snowfall reports

Since Thursday morning, here are the highest snowfall reports in all states, along with remarkable ice reports:

Connecticut: 14 inches in Torrington

Delaware: 5.7 inches near Talleyville; 0.41 inches of ice at New Castle County Airport

Indiana: 4.5 inches in Marion

Kansas: 6 inches in Bird City

Maine: 8 inches (estimated) in Wells

Maryland: 12.1 inches near Sabillasville; 0.25 inches of ice near Fairplay

Massachusetts: 14.5 inches in Rowe

New Hampshire: 23 inches in Plainfield

New Jersey: 8.5 inches in Harrison

New York: 44 inches near Newark Valley; Near Binghamton, 41 inches; 40.5 inches at the Endicott

North Carolina: 0.40 inches of ice in North Wilkesboro

Ohio: 7.5 inches at Bridgeport

Oklahoma: 10 inches near Woodward

Pennsylvania: 40 inches at Litchfield; 0.23 inches of ice at Philadelphia International Airport

Rhode Island: 12 inches in Chepachet

Vermont: 30.5 inches near Ludlow

Virginia: 11.5 inches at Basye; 0.60 inches of ice near Pipers Gap

West Virginia: 9.5 inches at Keyser; 0.28 inches of ice near Stanaford


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