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Jan 26, 2015

By Linda Lam and Chris Dolce and Nick Wiltgen

The Weather Channel

 

www.independent.co.uk_2015-01-26_20-54-08Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for Winter Storm Juno, which will become a major snowstorm today through Wednesday with the potential for blizzard conditions and more than 2 feet of snow.

The high confidence in forecast wind and snowfall led the National Weather Service to issue blizzard warnings well in advance of the storm from the New Jersey shore all the way to Downeast Maine, including the cities of New York City, Boston, Providence, Hartford and Portland. Most of the warnings are in effect from Monday afternoon or evening through late Tuesday night.

At least 28 million people are in the zone of potential blizzard conditions, and millions more will see enough snow to complicate travel.

Do not proceed with any travel plans in the affected areas now through Tuesday, or you could put yourself in great danger. Prepare for power outages both during the storm and in the days after it.

Key Points:

  • Moderate to heavy snow likely from portions of the coastal Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, far eastern Pennsylvania) to New England.
  • Peak impacts late Monday through Tuesday night.
  • Widespread accumulations of 1 to 2 feet likely with localized areas picking up over 2 feet. Snow drifts will be even higher.
  • Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions will make travel dangerous and, in some areas, impossible.
  • Over 7,000 U.S. flights scheduled for Monday through Wednesday have been canceled, according to FlightAware.
  • Any flights not canceled will likely be severely delayed; airport closures possible late Monday through Tuesday.
  • Numerous bridges and public transit systems will be closed Tuesday from New York to Boston. A travel ban will be in effect across Connecticut starting Monday at 9 p.m.
  • Damaging wind gusts, widespread power outages and coastal flooding are also likely.

The full forecast for Winter Storm Juno can be found below the radar.

Juno: Snowfall Forecast

Winter Storm Juno is transforming from a clipper-type system, which brought a few inches of snow to the Midwest Sunday, into a major coastal storm late Monday into Tuesday as it intensifies rapidly just off the Atlantic coast.

The heaviest snowfall amounts from Juno are expected from far eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey to New England. Here is what can be expected in the Northeast:

  • Washington, D.C. will see some light snow accumulations late on Monday, but the heaviest amounts will likely stay to the north and west of the city.
  • More than 6 inches of snow could fall in the Philadelphia area, especially from the city east into southern New Jersey.
  • The New York City area could see a foot or more of heavy snow. Blizzard conditions are possible.
  • Parts of eastern and southern New England, including Boston, Providence, Rhode Island, and Portland, Maine, have the potential to see 2 feet of snow. Locally more than 2 feet of snow may fall, particularly in eastern Massachussetts. The snow will be accompanied by blizzard or near-blizzard conditions.
  • Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour are not out of the question during the peak of the storm Monday night into Tuesday. Thunder and lightning could also accompany the heavy snow.

Juno: Storm Timing

Monday evening through overnight: Juno’s peak impacts begin and continue through the overnight from parts of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey through New England. Snow and high winds will create blizzard conditions, making travel very dangerous or impossible. Snowfall rates of 2+ inches per hour are possible along with thunder and lightning.

(FORECAST: Pittsburgh | Washington, D.C. | Philadelphia | New York)

Tuesday: Peak impacts from Juno continue throughout the day over parts of southern and eastern New England. Travel will continue to be dangerous or impossible. Intense snowfall rates continue through the morning in parts of New Jersey and the New York City area, but snow should diminish or even end by sunset there.

(FORECAST: Boston | Providence | Portland, Maine)

Tuesday night through Wednesday: Snow and wind continues in New England, winding down from south to north by Wednesday early morning.

Juno: Wind and Coastal Flooding Threats

Sustained winds will likely be 20 to 40 mph in a large area with gusts up to 55 mph. Even higher winds are expected in eastern Massachussetts, including Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard where gusts of 70+ mph are possible.

Hurricane force wind warnings are in effect for portions of the nearshore waters around Cape Cod and the nearby islands. Seas could exceed 25 feet and winds could gust over 80 mph over water, making this an extremely dangerous storm for mariners. Vessels should remain in port.

The winds from Juno will have several impacts:

1. As mentioned before, strong winds will combine with the snow to produce low visibility and blizzard or near-blizzard conditions Monday night through Tuesday night.

2. The winds could also cause tree damage and power outages from northern and central New Jersey to parts of New England. As our power outage threat map shows, widespread outages are possible in a swath from Long Island to southern and eastern New England. These outages may last several days.

3. Winds will pile up water from the Atlantic Ocean and produce destructive coastal flooding. Here are the impacts according to storm surge expert Michael Lowry of The Weather Channel:

  • Storm surge flooding will generally be 2 to 4 feet from the Mid-Atlantic to New England, with the highest values the farther north you go along the coast. The worst flooding will be from past midnight on Tuesday into the hours before sunrise, but will also persist through late Tuesday afternoon’s high tide.
  • Major coastal flooding is possible in Massachusetts. Chatham, Revere, Winthrop Beach, Hull, Plum Island, Scituate and Sandwich will see the biggest flood impacts. A coastal flood warning is in place. Flooding is possible on roads and in basements near the coast. Some structural damage is also possible in vulnerable locations.
  • Moderate coastal flooding is expected along the Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island coasts.

4. Huge waves will likely lead to beach erosion, and freezing spray from the crashing waves could lead to significant ice accumulations on buildings and other objects along the immediate shoreline in parts of New England. These waves will also combine with the storm surge to worsen structural damage along exposed east-facing coastlines, especially in Massachusetts.

Stay tuned to weather.com and The Weather Channel for updates on Winter Storm Juno.

Juno was named by the winter storm naming committee at The Weather Channel on Sunday morning. The name Juno is from Roman mythology, a goddess who looked after the women of Rome.

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