If wind and rain weren’t enough, Sandy is forecast to cause blizzard conditions too.
The unique “super” storm is causing something that is not very common. A tropical system is merging with a cold air-mass from Canada to produce hurricane conditions on the mid-Atlantic coastlines, but winter storm conditions inland.
The NWS has issued Blizzard Warnings as heavy snow is expected to combine with strong, tropical storm-force winds to cause whiteout conditions. It’s a rare scenario that doesn’t happen often. While the Virginia coast gets slammed with heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding, much of West Virginia is now under a Blizzard Warning.
According to the NWS, anywhere from 1 to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow could plaster the area. Although most of the snow is expected across the higher terrain, as Sandy transitions into a cold-core system, the freezing levels will lower and could cause some snow in the valleys.
No worries though, there won’t be a repeat Halloween snowstorm in Connecticut as temperatures will stay warm enough for just rain from this storm.
Interestingly enough, 9 days ago,
WXedge mentioned the possibility of a hurricane mixing with a cold-air mass
Save this image below…not often will you see both Hurricane Warnings and Blizzard Warnings at the same time across the Northeast: