DISCUSSION: As one system begins to make its exit from interior portions of the northeastern United States, another winter blast is beginning to get ready to slap the Northeast with a sizable dose of snowfall. What is quite interesting about this particular event is the fact that within 12 hours of the start of the first flakes falling to the ground, air temperatures will be hovering in the middle to upper 50's. Despite the fact that many people's instincts will say that snowfall seems like a joke from an outsider perspective, that cannot be farther from the truth. The reason is that as the associated low pressure system which is currently positioned in the vicinity of the Dakotas will be further developing just off the Delmarva Peninsula which will allow it to become a formidable coastal storm.
Thus, the combination of heavily-falling frozen precipitation and an increasingly stronger northeasterly flow associated with the incoming low will allow for the predominant precipitation type to be snowfall from the very beginning of the event and right through its duration. Therefore, as you head out and about during the day tomorrow (whether it be to school, an airport, or a train station) be sure to remain aware and vigilant of the incoming snowstorm by later tomorrow evening and right through the heart of the morning commute on Thursday. So, if you do not have to be out and about during morning to early afternoon hours on Thursday, it would certainly be advisable to avoid doing so. Also, remember to make sure that you have shovels, gloves, scarves, jackets, and other basic items on-hand so you can stay warm if you need to be outside as well as during the post-storm clean-up.
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