Significant Storm Expected Monday Night

These scenes could be playing out again in parts of the state Monday night as a potentially historic blizzard is coming our way! It is certainly possible that we could be talking about snow totals that reach similar levels as The Blizzard of 2013. All of this depends on the mesoscale banding that we see setup throughout the state. The indications on the models are that a clipper system moving through the Midwest currently will undergo bombogenesis which means it will rapidly intensify right as it hits the coast. It is during this process that we will have to watch for the most intense snowfall to develop. This is when there will be the highest chance for thundersnow to develop. Just like in the summertime, when thunderstorms form the precipitation is usually very heavy, this is true for snow and can prove very dangerous with extremely high snowfall rates in excess of 3 inches an hour. These are the types of conditions that even the plows have trouble dealing with. It is very hard to know exactly where things are going to set up with this storm but regardless a major winter storm with blizzard conditions are likely as the pressure gradient with this rapidly developing storm and high pressure system providing the cold will combine to create strong winds regardless of where the heaviest snow is.   The best thing to do is to monitor the latest developments on WxEdge and News8 as the storm develops to see just where the worst is occurring.

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