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Winter Storm Maya Will Bring Additional Snow to Parts of the Northeast Wednesday
Published: February 13, 2019
Winter Storm Maya will continue to dump snow on parts of the northern New England and northern New York Wednesday.
Snow continues to fall in Maine as of Wednesday afternoon, with lake-effect snow following Maya from parts of Michigan to the interior Northeast.
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Boston picked up its largest snowfall of the winter at 2.2 inches before the snow changed to rain. Multiple crashes were reported Tuesday afternoon on Cape Cod near Falmouth, Massachusetts, along Route 28, according to the Falmouth Police Department.
Parts of Iowa, southeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin have picked up at least 10 inches of snow, with Blair, Wisconsin, leading the pack at 18.8 inches.
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Winter Storm Maya Recap
Winter Storm Maya dove southward out of British Columbia on Feb. 8 into the nearshore waters of Washington state.
Maya quickly brought snowfall to downtown Seattle and the rest of Washington during the afternoon of Feb. 8 and slowed down the evening commute along Interstate 5 from Seattle to Tacoma. Snowfall rates reached 2 inches per hour on the northern coast of Washington, quickly burying Port Angeles.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport measured 7.9 inches of snow from Maya between Feb. 8-9. Feb. 8's total of 6.4 inches was the second-highest snowfall in one calendar day in the past 20 years there. Seattle averages 6.8 inches of snow in a year.
The foothills of Port Angeles, Washington, located about 60 miles northwest of Seattle, reported 24 inches of snow and saw whiteout conditions at times. Port Angeles typically sees 3 to 4 inches of snow in an entire year.
Snow and wind expanded across the Pacific Northwest and into Northern California during the overnight hours and into Feb. 9. Winds as high as 64 mph were recorded in northern Washington.
Interstate 90 was closed in both directions from Kittitas to Vantage, Washington, on Feb. 9 due to poor visibility and spinouts. Interstate 82 was also closed in the Yakima Valley of eastern Washington due to poor weather conditions.
Portland, Oregon, reported 4.9 inches of snow from Maya on Feb. 9. Thundersnow was reported around the area of the Oregon Zoo just after midnight on Feb. 11.
A thundershower passed directly over California's Monterey Peninsula, just south of the Bay Area, late morning on Feb. 10 during the PGA Tour's 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, California, where hail was seen accumulating on the golf course's putting greens.
Snow prompted the closure of Interstate 5 over Tejon Pass, California, the primary route from Los Angeles to the San Joaquin Valley, on Feb. 10.
If that wasn't interesting enough, a period of snow – amounting to only a trace officially at McCarran International Airport – was seen in Las Vegas on the evening of Feb. 10.
Roads became slick and snow-covered late-afternoon on Feb. 11 in Des Moines, Iowa, where some cars had slid off the road. Interstates around Iowa were also covered in snow during the evening commute.
Freezing drizzle in Kearney, Nebraska, early Feb. 11 resulted in roads and windshields becoming coated in ice.
Several accidents were reported along Interstate 94 in Wisconsin as heavier bands of snow from Maya moved through western portions of the state.
In eastern Iowa, some highways were impassable on the afternoon of Feb. 12 due to strong winds blowing and drifting the snow from earlier in the day.
Freezing rain resulted in icy roads the morning of Feb. 12 in southern Lower Michigan, including parts of the Detroit metro area. Some vehicle slideoffs were reported in Battle Creek, Michigan, where nearly 0.20 inches of ice had accumulated. Power poles were downed from ice accumulation in Henry and Williams counties in northwestern Ohio.
Freezing rain and drizzle also resulted in downed trees and power lines on Feb. 12 in Anne Arundel, Howard and Montgomery counties, Maryland.
Maya briefly developed a double-low structure on Feb. 13 with the main low pressure system moving northeastward through the Great Lakes and a secondary weak coastal low developing close to New York. The secondary low also moved northeast along and just east of the I-95 corridor during the day.
Here are some select storm totals in the Midwest and Northeast (snowfall, unless otherwise noted):
- Connecticut: 4.2 inches in Staffordville; 0.12 inches of ice in Burlington
- Illinois: 7.1 inches in Dakota; up to 0.50 inches of ice in Chicagoland
- Indiana: 0.20 inches of ice near Webster and Goshen
- Iowa: 11.5 inches in Dorchester; 7.8 inches in Cedar Rapids; 5 inches in Des Moines; 0.20 inches of ice near Walcott
- Maine: 10 inches in Weld; 6.5 inches in Augusta
- Maryland: 7.8 inches in Sabillasville; 0.50 inches of ice in Frostburg
- Massachusetts: 5.5 inches in Amesbury; 2.2 inches in Boston
- Michigan: 8.5 inches in Trowbridge Park; 5.6 inches near Saginaw; 0.3 inches of sleet, ice in Kalamazoo and Temperance
- Minnesota: 14.5 inches in Caledonia; 7.5 inches in Rochester; 5.6 inches at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
- Nebraska: 3 inches near Shubert; 2.1 inches in Omaha
- New Hampshire: 6.3 inches in Ossipee; 5 inches near Nashua
- New Jersey: 2.5 inches in West Orange; 0.2 inches of ice in Denville
- New York: 10 inches in Champlain; 0.11 inches of ice in Dunkirk; 0.11 inches of ice in Dunkirk and trace of ice in New York City
- North Dakota: 6 inches in Tuttle and Max; 5 inches in Minot; 2.8 inches in Bismarck
- Ohio: 0.50 inches of ice in Toledo
- Rhode Island: 3.2 inches at T.F. Green Airport in Providence
- Pennsylvania: 7 inches near Windber; 3.5 inches in State College; 0.30 inches of ice in Sporting Hill; 0.03 inches of ice in Philadelphia
- Rhode Island: 3.5 inches in Harrisville
- South Dakota: 5.5 inches near Hecla; 1.1 inches in Sioux Falls
- Vermont: 10.3 inches in Manchester; 7 inches in East Montpelier
- Virginia: 0.30 inches of ice near Blue Mountain
- West Virginia: 0.40 inches of ice near Bloomery and 0.20 inches of ice in Martinsburg
- Wisconsin: 18.8 inches in Blair; up to 9 inches in Milwaukee metro; 5 to 9 inches in Madison
Here are some selected snowfall totals in the West:
- California: 60 inches at Castle Peak (elevation 9,104 feet)
- Idaho: 32.4 inches near Mackay at Smiley Mountain SNOTEL (elevation 9,520 feet)
- Montana: 15.4 inches near Island Park at Lakeview Ridge SNOTEL (elevation, 7400 feet); 6.2 inches near Kalispell
- Nevada: 34 inches near Incline Village
- Oregon: 21 inches near Lemolo Lake; 4.9 inches in Portland
- Washington: 24 inches in the Port Angeles foothills; 14 inches in Sequim; 7.9 inches at Sea-Tac Airport; 5.8 inches in Spokane
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