Storm Recap 3/13/18: The 3rd Nor’easter’s a Charm

A very active March continues, as we’re only half way through the month… yet we’ve had 3 formidable nor’easters hammer various parts of the northeast.  This time, the Hudson Valley got let off easy, missing out on the heart of this latest storm.  While we saw an accumulating snowfall… by far and away the worst this storm had to offer was focused on New England.

The good news, was that this was expected all the way through.  The data suggested a New England focused storm, our forecast called for a New England centered event… and the storm cooperated and behaved as expected.  Lets look at our forecast map, followed by what actually happened…

Across the Hudson Valley, we expected to see a general 2 to 5 inches, with a few 6 or 7 inch amounts as you got closer to the NY/CT border.  Then as you went into the Catskills and eastern Taconics, we expected to see 5 to 8 inches on the average, with a few locations pushing into double digits.  When all was said and done… that was pretty close to what happened.

The highest totals were certainly the higher elevations of Ulster and Columbia counties, where the upward motion enhanced snowfall amounts just a touch.  Temperatures were pretty much near or just above freezing… making for mainly wet roads across much of the valley locations, but there were certainly some cold spots, where roads became snow covered and travel was rather treacherous.  Driving over a short distance, you could see dramatic changes in the conditions.  For example… I (Bill) travelled from Pine Bush to Middletown, Over that 10 mile trip, I went from…
– just wet roads doing 55mph on rt 302 in Pine Bush, to…
– a snow covered & icy Goshen Turnpike in Circleville, with a car off the road…
– to just wet roads in Middletown again

It was certainly a tricky day of travel, depending on your location.  But like we said, the Hudson Valley was spared the worst of the storm… with a light to moderate snowfall on average, a general 3 to 6 inches.  To experience this storm’s full potential, you needed only hop in your car, and head east 50 to 100 miles… to eastern Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island…

When we zoom out to look at all of New England, you can see that anyone east of Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA… got absolutely crushed.  The dark orange represents a widespread 12 to 18 inches of snow from Norwich, CT… to Worcester, MA… up to the southern half of Maine.  Then embedded within that large area, are pickets of 18 to 24 inches in red… with up to 30 inches of snow in the dark red areas near Manchester, New Hampshire and Bangor, Maine.  Just some jaw dropping stuff!

It’s been a WILD month of March so far, and indications are that trend will continue into the 2nd half of the month as well.  We can’t thank you enough for trusting HVW to guide you through the storm, and for helping us track the systems with real time reporting that is 2nd to none.  You all continue to make operating HVW a dream come true!  Thanks so much… and hang in there winter warriors… we’ve only got a little further to go.

7 thoughts on “Storm Recap 3/13/18: The 3rd Nor’easter’s a Charm

  1. The last two storms we got nothing in Woodstock, New York, Ulster County — and we are only 15 minutes from Saugerties. Not the last storm, but the one before that, we literally got nothing… but if you drove from the center of Woodstock towards Bearsville, from the Sunfrost Market onward towards Bearsville, they had 3 inches. It was like a clear line and that was less then a mile from Woodstock. Very, very strange. The last storm, it snowed and by 10am it was melting… also very, very strange. The snow plow guys were being teased by all the promises of snow and then… NOTHING in Woodstock area.

  2. my daughter lives in Woodstock – for the 2nd of the 3 March snowstorms, she got 5″ and I got 2′ in Hyde Park! it is crazy for sure. driving around the territory doing restoration we saw a ton of snow one minute, bare ground the next!

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