EMERGENCY UPDATES

Winter Storms January 26-27, 2015

2015-01-26 09:01:07 emccmp

Weather briefing WFO PHI – 2015-01-26 800AM

Emergency Managers and other Key Partners,

A major winter storm is headed our way. Snow will fall, heavy at times from late today into Tuesday. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour can be expected. Winds will also pick up, with blowing and drifting snow, especially closer to the NJ coast where winds will be strongest. The snow gradually ends later Tuesday, followed by very cold air.

Special note for Cape May County watch for Coastal Flood Warning around 1:00am Tuesday morning around high tide.

A briefing package is attached. The Executive Summary is as follows:

• This will be a major storm for most of our forecast area. Very hazardous conditions are expected from late Monday afternoon through mid-day Tuesday. Travel should be postponed, especially between 7 PM Monday through 9 AM Tuesday.
• Expect light snow this morning into early afternoon, then heavy snow late this afternoon into Tuesday associated with a coastal storm moving north. Snow could fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour tonight. Blowing snow will also be an issue. Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories remain in effect.
• The combination of windy conditions (wind gusts up to 50 mph) and the snow will result in blizzard conditions in northeast New Jersey. Blizzard Warnings remain in effect.
• The Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes will be adversely affected. Travel should be postponed tonight and Tuesday.
• Tidal flooding is expected with the Monday night and Tuesday high tides for the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay. Coastal Flood Warnings have been issued. Flooding is not expected along the Chesapeake Bay.
• Very cold air sweeps over the area in the wake of this system. Expect subzero wind chills as we move into Wednesday.
• Another briefing package is not anticipated unless major changes occur in the forecast. (Reason: forecasts can change rapidly as the event unfolds, so briefing packages become outdated very quickly). Best place to get fresh, up-to-date information is our website at weather.gov/phi

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Winter Storms January 24-27,2015

2015-01-25 17:00:26 emccmp

Here is the latest briefing package for the winter weather expected tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday. We have significantly increased the forecast snow totals as compared to yesterday’s briefing package.

The executive summary is below. The full briefing package is attached and is also available at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf

Weather briefing WFO PHI – 2015-01-25 # 2
-Very hazardous conditions are expected from Monday afternoon through mid day Tuesday!

-A period of light snow is possible tonight, before the coastal storm brings more snow Monday afternoon into Tuesday.

-There has been a significant increase in forecast snow amounts from yesterday’s forecast. There remains some uncertainty with the western extent of the highest snow totals.

-The combination of windy conditions (wind gusts up to 50 mph) and the snow will result in blizzard conditions in northeast New Jersey.

-For the rest of the region, some blowing snow is possible.

-The Monday commutes and Tuesday morning commute will be significantly affected.

-Tidal flooding is possible with the Monday night and Tuesday high tides for the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay.

-Very cold air sweeps in the wake of this system. Expect subzero wind chills as we move into Wednesday.

-Next briefing package will be issued by 430 PM Monday, January 26th

-Monitor the latest forecast at: weather.gov/phi

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Weather Breifing

2015-01-24 16:55:45 emccmp

Weather briefing WFO PHI – 2015-01-24 (2)Good afternoon emergency management and other key partners,
As the latest system winds down, we are gearing up for the next system which will be affecting our region from Sunday night into Tuesday. This should bring primarily snow to the region.

The executive summary is below. The full briefing package is attached and is also available at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf

Please let us know if you have any questions,

-A storm system will move through the region and then up the coast late Sunday through Monday night.

-Precipitation type with this system is expected to be primarily snow. Still considerable uncertainty with snow amounts!

-The Monday commutes will likely be affected and the Tuesday morning commute could be affected as well.

-Windy conditions (wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph) are expected for coastal locations Monday night.

-Very cold air sweeps in the wake of this system. Expect subzero wind chills as we move into Tuesday & Wednesday.

-Next briefing package will be issued by 430 PM Sunday, January 25th

-Monitor the latest forecast at: weather.gov/phi

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coastal storm january 23rd -26th 2015

2015-01-23 17:29:24 emccmp

Subject: Briefing package from NWS Mount Holly 01/23/2015

To our emergency management and other key partners:
A significant winter storm will impact the region with the main effects tonight into Saturday. Snow, freezing rain, and rain are all expected with this storm.

A second storm will threaten the region late in the weekend, followed by much colder air for next week.

More information can be found in the attached briefing package.

The briefing package is also available at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/phi/briefing/packages/current_briefing.pdf

The executive summary from the briefing package is included below.

A coastal storm will affect the region Friday night into Saturday. This storm will bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the region.

Over inland sections, precipitation will be primarily snow, with a band of three to six inches of snowfall where the heaviest snow band sets up. There may be some light freezing rain as well, but icing amounts are expected to be under one-quarter inch, and will occur after snow has fallen.

Closer to the Atlantic Coast, precipitation will be primarily in the form of rain and some locations will see well over an inch of rainfall.
Winds will gust up to 35 miles an hour near the coast.

Coastal flooding is not expected to be an issue with this storm.

Another storm system will move through the region late Sunday into Monday morning. More snow is expected with this storm, and its timing may impact the Monday morning commute.

Very cold air sweeps into the region after the second storm system.
Expect subzero wind chills as we move into Tuesday & Wednesday.

Next briefing package will be issued by 430 PM Saturday, January 24t
Weather briefing WFO PHI – 2015-01-23

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winter storm jan 23-24

2015-01-22 19:22:22 emccmp

Weather briefing1 WFO PHI – 2014-07-02 500 PM:

A significant winter storm will impact the region with the main effects on Friday night into Saturday. Snow, freezing rain, and rain are all expected with this storm.

A second storm will threaten the region late in the weekend, followed by much colder air for next week.

More information can be found in the attached briefing package.

A coastal storm will affect the region Friday night into Saturday. This storm will bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the region.

Over inland sections, precipitation will be primarily snow, with a band of two to four inches of snowfall where the heaviest snow band sets up.
There may be some light freezing rain as well, but icing amounts are expected to be light, and will occur after snow has fallen.

Closer to the Atlantic Coast, precipitation will be primarily in the form of rain and some locations will see over an inch of rainfall. Winds will gust up to 30 miles an hour near the coast.

Coastal flooding is not expected to be an issue with this storm.

Another storm system will move through the region late Sunday into Monday morning. More snow is expected with this storm, and its timing may impact the Monday morning commute. More details with this storm will be provided in Friday’s briefing package.

Very cold air sweeps into the region after the second storm system.
Expect subzero wind chills as we move into Tuesday & Wednesday.

Next briefing package will be issued by 430 PM Friday, January 23rd.
Monitor the latest forecast at: weather.gov/phi

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