Winter Storm Strikes Upper Midwest, Interior Northeast

One week after a winter storm struck the portions of the Midwest and Northeast, another storm targeted much of the central and eastern United States. This time, the wintry impacts were further north, targeting primarily the upper Midwest into the interior Northeast.

The storm caused a plane filled with 129 passengers to skid off the runway at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Saturday. Fortunately, no one was injured. Five inches of snow were measured at O’Hare Airport, while nearby Lincolnwood, Illinois reported 10.3”.

Source: WTMJ-TV

Source: WTMJ-TV

Further east, the snow targeted areas well northwest of the major cities along the coast. By late Sunday, Burlington, Vermont measured 17.5 inches of snow, its largest January snowstorm since 2010. Meanwhile, Albany, New York reported 13.9 inches of snow, which was its biggest snowfall in the month of January since 2003. To the south, freezing rain wreaked havoc, with Meriden, Connecticut measuring 0.60” of ice. Thousands in central Connecticut lost power due to the ice toppling trees and power lines.

Another storm is bringing snow and ice to portions of the Midwest, including Chicago. However, this system will bring rain to most of the eastern seaboard, with some mixed precipitation possible well inland.

Winter Storms Wallops Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, May Just be the Beginning

After winter seemed to be on hiatus for much of December and into early January, winter came roaring back to parts of the central and eastern United States this past weekend, as a storm delivered heavy snow to much of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States. Missouri was hardest hit, with St. Louis Lambert International Airport reporting 11.2 inches of snow by Sunday. It was the area’s largest snowstorm since March 2013. Even higher totals were recorded to the northwest of St. Louis, with Montgomery City, MO – located between St. Louis and Columbia – measuring 20 inches of snow. The storm left thousands of drivers stranded in Missouri alone.

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Farther east, the Washington, DC area received its largest snowfall in years with this system. Reagan International Airport measured 10.3 inches of snow by Monday morning, its largest snowstorm since January 2016. But the largest snow total in the area was found near Damascus, Maryland – to the northwest of Washington DC – where 13.2 inches of snow were reported.

Looking ahead, computer models are suggesting that more winter storms are likely over the central and eastern U.S. going forward among with shots of very cold air. A strong storm is expected to threaten the area this upcoming weekend, through current projections have the bulk of the wintry weather impacting the Great Lakes to New England, regions that missed out on the previous system. However, long-range computer guidance is suggesting the weather pattern will be quite favorable for winter storms in the entire region for weeks to come.

Heavy Rain Falls in California Areas Previously Burned by Wildfires

Winter is rainy season in southern California, and this past weekend continued that theme. A storm system from the Pacific Ocean brought heavy rain and mountain snow to the region Saturday night. Rainfall totals exceeded 1.5 inches in many locations, and one location in the Santa Monica Mountains recorded nearly 0.75 inches of rain in a single hour. Since the heavy rain fell in areas that were charred by wildfires late last year, mudslides were reported, which forced the closure of portions of the Pacific Coast Highway and buried cars underneath a cascade of mud. The rapper Soulja Boy found his car buried beneath four feet of mud Sunday morning.

Source: Fox40

Source: Fox40

A break in the rainfall is expected in southern California for the rest of this week, but another system will threaten the region with rain and mountain snow this upcoming weekend. Longer-range models show an active pattern continuing with multiple storm threats over the next two weeks.

Multiple Snowstorms Blanket New Mexico

While much of the eastern United States is enjoying mild weather, multiple snowstorms have impacted much of New Mexico. Last Friday, a system prompted blizzard warnings for the city of Albuquerque, where 3.0” of snow fell. Up to 18” snow was reported in the mountains outside of Albuquerque. Another storm is bringing snow to the region as the calendar flips to 2019. By the time the storm winds down early Wednesday, 4 to 8 more inches of snow are expected in and around Albuquerque. Amounts will be even greater in the mountains, with up to 2 feet possible in elevations above 10,000 feet.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

Source: Albuquerque Journal

Fortunately for the snowbound region, the weather pattern looks to be quieter for the next several days once today’s system passes