Winter Storm Gail to Slam Northeast with Heavy Snow
Updated 12/17/20: The Weather Channel published a report outlining winter storm activity that produced record snowfall in the Northeast U.S.
Updated 12/16/20: The Weather Channel issued a report detailing the latest conditions associated with Winter Storm Gail as it impacts the Northeastern U.S.
Updated 12/16/20: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency in response to expected winter storm activity.
Updated 12/15/20: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in anticipation of winter storm activity.
Updated 12/15/20: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency in anticipation of winter storm activity.
December 15, 2020
Source: The Weather Channel
NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Disaster.
At a Glance
- Winter Storm Gail is forecast to strike the East Coast Wednesday into Thursday.
- Heavy snow is expected near or just north and west of portions of the Interstate 95 corridor.
- Strong winds and coastal flooding will also affect parts of the East Coast.
Winter Storm Gail will intensify into a high-impact nor’easter for parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Wednesday, where it will bring heavy snow, strong winds and some coastal flooding. Significant winter storm impacts are not only expected in the interior Northeast, but also near parts of the Interstate 95 corridor from southern New England to New York City and areas near Philadelphia.
The upper-level energy that will eventually spawn this East Coast storm is pushing into the Plains right now, where it will bring generally light to moderate snowfall on Tuesday.
Once that energy reaches the eastern states on Wednesday, it will help generate and intensify an area of low pressure near the Northeast coast. At the same time, strong high pressure in eastern Canada is expected to supply fresh, cold air into the Northeast.
With these ingredients coming together, we are expecting one of the more impactful Northeast winter storms in the last couple of years.
Winter Storm Alerts
The National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings, watches and winter weather advisories from southern New England into parts of the mid-Atlantic and the central and southern Appalachians.
Philadelphia is included in the winter storm warnings as well as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Hagerstown, Maryland, and Roanoke, Virginia.
Winter storm watches remain in effect from the New York City metro into southern New England, but parts of those areas will likely be upgraded to warnings later today.
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