First Significant Northeast Winter Storm of the Season Wraps Up in New England Tuesday Night

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Published: December 3, 2019

The Northeast's first significant snowstorm of the season will wind down Tuesday night, but not before dumping more snow in northern New England, snarling travel in some areas.

The Weather Channel has named this system Winter Storm Ezekiel.

Happening Now

Bands of heavy snow, along with wind gusts from 20 to 35 mph, are affecting parts of Maine. Snowfall rates in these bands are up to 1 to 2 inches per hour.

Just over 7 inches of snow fell near Boston's Logan Airport, but many locations north and west of the city reported over a foot of snow.

In the New York City tri-state area, Central Park measured just over an inch of total snow. Newark-Liberty Airport tallied 2.4 inches, but parts of far northern New Jersey picked up over 6 inches of snow.

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The heaviest snow has fallen from the Mohawk Valley of New York to parts of southern Vermont, far western and northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, where several locations tallied over 20 inches of snow. A 36-inch total was reported near New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

Albany, New York, had its eighth-heaviest all-time snowstorm, the heaviest since the infamous March 1993 Superstorm, picking up 22.6 inches of snow. Prior to this storm, only 10 other snowstorms since 1884 had produced at least 20 inches of snow in New York's capital city, according to the National Weather Service.

For a full breakdown of snowstorm totals, scroll down to our recap section below.


Current Radar and Weather Conditions

Forecast

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service across northern Maine.


Winter Weather Alerts

Snow will persist in Maine Tuesday evening, before tapering off by midnight.

A few inches of additional snow is expected over northern Maine through Tuesday evening.


Additional Snowfall Forecast

Storm Recap

Winter Storm Ezekiel first entered the West Coast last Tuesday, Nov. 26, when it hit southern Oregon and northwestern California as a bomb cyclone.

The storm then moved slowly eastward across the West, Plains and upper Midwest Nov. 27-30, spreading snow and strong winds through parts of those regions. Snow, freezing rain and sleet spread into the Northeast beginning on Dec. 1, continuing into Dec. 3.

Here are some of the top snow totals by state as of early Tuesday evening.

Arizona: 30 inches at Arizona Snowbowl; 19 inches near downtown Flagstaff

California: 49 inches near Cedar Grove

Colorado: 15 inches at Wolf Creek Pass

Connecticut: 18 inches near North Granby; 16.4 inches at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks

Idaho: 20 inches (estimated) at Sun Valley Resort

Maine: 15 inches near Kennebunk

Massachusetts: 28 inches in Peru and Ashburnham; 7.1 inches at Boston's Logan Airport

Michigan: 28 inches in Gould City

Minnesota: 25.1 inches near Carlton

Montana: 14 inches in Choteau, Cut Bank and near Red Lodge

Nebraska: 14 inches in Chadron

Nevada: 18 inches at Mt. Rose Summit

New Hampshire: 36 inches near New Ipswich

New Jersey: 14.3 inches in Highland Lakes; 2.4 inches at Newark-Liberty Airport

New Mexico: 16.6 inches near Black Lake

New York: 28 inches in Fultonville; 22.6 inches in Albany

North Carolina: 6 inches near Santeetlah

North Dakota: 16 inches in Fredonia; 9.3 inches in Fargo

Oregon: 15 inches (estimated) near Rock Creek

Pennsylvania: 14 inches in Susquehanna

Rhode Island: 11.8 inches in Chepachet

South Dakota: 30 inches in Lead; 15.9 inches in Rapid City

Tennessee: 4.5 inches in Mount LeConte

Utah: 48 inches at Snowbasin Resort (elevation 7,402 feet)

Vermont: 26 inches in Woodford

Virginia: 4 inches near Jewell Ridge

West Virginia: 7 inches near Parcoal

Wisconsin: 31 inches near Washburn

Wyoming: 30 inches in Muddy Gap; 25 inches in Jackson Hole

Estimated snowfall from Ezekiel in the Plains, upper Midwest and East from Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2019. The heaviest snow is indicated by the darker purple and pink contours.

In Duluth, Minnesota, the storm total of 21.7 inches landed in its top-10 list of heaviest two-day all-time snowfalls, with blizzard conditions. It was the city's heaviest two-day snowstorm since the Christmas 2009 storm, according to NOAA's ACIS database.

In Rapid City, South Dakota, this snowstorm set new November one-day (14.5 inches on Nov. 30) and monthly (26 inches) snow records, with blizzard conditions reported in northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota.

Bomb Cyclone Recap

As this intense storm approached the coasts of southwestern Oregon and northwestern California last Tuesday evening, Nov. 26, it underwent bombogenesis. The storm's minimum central pressure dropped 43 millibars in 24 hours, far exceeding the criteria of 24 millibars within 24 hours to be deemed a bomb cyclone.

Last Tuesday night, the pressure dipped to at least 973.4 millibars in Crescent City, California, as Ezekiel made landfall. This value was an unofficial all-time record for the lowest sea-level pressure observed anywhere in the state of California, according to the National Weather Service office in Eureka.

Cape Blanco, Oregon – the notoriously windy spot on the Pacific Northwest coast – recorded a sustained wind of 85 mph with a gust to 106 mph last Tuesday afternoon.

Overall, wind gusts over 60 mph were measured in 11 states from the West Coast to the Rockies to Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.

This led to blizzard or ground-blizzard conditions in parts of the High Plains, including the Denver metro area.

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