Blizzard of 2016 Final Amounts

A wide swath of two or more feet of snow fell over the weekend from West Virginia to New York City. Some areas received over 3 feet of snow.
A wide swath of two or more feet of snow fell over the weekend from West Virginia to New York City. Some areas received over 3 feet of snow (National Weather Service).

With little going on in the Finger Lakes this Monday, I thought I would take a moment to show some of the final stats on this weekend’s blizzard that hammered areas to our south.

This blizzard was every bit as intense as predicted, with near record amounts of snow in many areas, including Washington DC, Baltimore and New York City. Many areas got 20-30 inches of snow, with the highest amounts just topping 40 inches.

The snow started on Friday afternoon and continued through most of Saturday. High winds caused significant drifting of the snow and power outages. Travel become impossible and clean up will continue into the early part of this week.

Here is a list of some of the most impressive snow amounts:

Snow totals from the Blizzard of 2016 (National Weather Service)
Snow totals from the Blizzard of 2016 (National Weather Service)

Here in the Finger Lakes, all we saw from this epic snow storm was some clouds and more chilly temperatures.

The chilly temperatures will abate some this week, with highs of at least 30 degrees expected each day. Tuesday will be the warmest day, with highs reaching the low and mid 40s. Some rain showers will accompany that warm up, starting before dawn Tuesday morning and lingering into Tuesday afternoon.

Some lake effect snow will develop on Wednesday with a couple inches possible across the eastern Finger Lakes.

The pattern later in the week is a bit interesting. While it will most likely not yield any significant snow, there is an outside chance for a small storm to spin up with little warning. Should this happen, its snow would most likely stay east of the Finger Lakes, but it is still something to watch for, just in case.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.) When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making soap, or playing with his two young boys.