Review of the Crippling Snowstorm of 2011; More Snow this Weekend and Next Week

Sometimes, meteorologists don’t get the forecast right. This is what exactly happened during this past storm. What I thought was just going to be a 6-10 inch snowstorm, turned into one of the largest storms to hit the area in the past 20 years. Philadelphia received 15.1 inches of snow. 15.1 inches. My original prediction of 6-10 was obviously way underdone.

What happened?       The storm ended up going further north and west than predicted. The first batch of snow yesterday morning was supposed to be in the Atlantic, not over the I-95 corridor. Last night’s snow was only expected to drop 6-8 inches, but ended up dropping a widespread foot of snow across the area.

We had some of the most intense snow last night I have ever seen. A man was struck by lightning yesterday, and thunder occasionally rumbled throughout the night. All schools are closed and I wouldn’t be surprised if most will be delayed tomorrow.

Here are the top 5 snow totals in the area:

1. Frenchtown, Hunterdon Co. NJ – 17.9 inches

2. Princeton, Mercer Co. NJ – 17.1 inches

3. Bensalem, Bucks Co. PA – 16.9 inches

4. Wynnewood, Montgomery Co. PA – 16.3 inches

5. Downingtown, Chester Co. – 16.1 inches

Here is the radar from yesterday until 12 midnight:

Snowstorm Radar

What’s ahead you may wonder? A clipper system will pass through the area Saturday dropping down another 1-3 inches of snow. MORE SNOW! THEN, I am currently tracking another major snowstorm next Wednesday. It is looking like a similar setup to this one. We are also going to have, once again, extremely cold temperatures this week. This winter is starting to rival last year and at the rate we’re going, could be one of the coldest and snowiest winters of all time.