|Watches, warnings, and advisories as of 10:43 p.m. EST|
The seeds of that storm moved through the Midwest today bringing rain and some snow and was comparatively wimpy compared to what it's expected to develop into on Monday.
|Surface weather map at 7:00 p.m. EST January 25, 2015|
|Forecast surface map for 1:00 p.m. EST January 26, 2015|
The low is expected to move northeast and stall southeast of Long Island Monday night into early Tuesday. Snow from this system will beginning by morning in southern New Jersey (possibly with a changeover to rain for a period before going back to snow), by afternoon in New York City, and by evening in Boston. Snow will continue to spread northeast through Maine on Tuesday before tapering off in most areas early Wednesday.
|Forecast surface map for 7:00 a.m. EST January 27, 2015|
Snowfall amounts in excess of two feet are expected from the New York City area to near Boston. Some locations within the heavy snow band could pile up as much as 30 inches of snow before the storm ends. Snowfall rates could be 2-4 inches per hour at times, and thundersnow is a strong possibility with the heavier snow bands. If the heavy snow weren't bad enough, winds will build to sustained at 30-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph and higher later Monday, whipping the snow in to huge drifts and reducing visibility to near zero at times. Along the coast the storm will produce much higher tides than normal and coastal flooding is expected.
|Expected snowfall accumulation ending 7:00 a.m. EST January 28.|
|Snowfall for the 48-hour period ending at 7:00 EST January 25, 2015|
The forecast evolution of this nor'easter is similar to that of what is known as the Blizzard of '78 in the northeast. This nor'easter occurred on February 6-7, 1978 burying southern New England in 20 to 30 inches of snow, with a small area of 50+ inches of snow was reported in northern Rhode Island. This storm produced winds gusts up to 100 mph along the coast and snow drifts as high as 27 feet. High astronomical tides coincident with the strong storm winds produced damaging coastal flooding that destroyed dozens of homes. The deaths of 99 people were attributed to the massive blizzard.
|Surface map for 7:00 a.m. EST February 6 and 7:00 a.m. February 7, 1978|
There is an entire web site dedicated to this blizzard, www.blizzardof78.org. Along with descriptions of the blizzard's development, there are photos of the snow and storm damage and personal stories or those who lived through this storm firsthand.
The National Weather Service in Taunton, MA has a presentation online about the Blizzard of '78.
The maps and charts above credited to Kocin/Uccellini came from this presentation. Their description of this storm was published is in Northeast Snowstorms, by Paul J. Kocin and Louis W. Uccellini, American Meteorological Society (AMS), Meteorological Monograph Volume 32 Number 54 in two