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Winter Solitice and Potential Travel Trouble Spots

21 Dec 2012, 1:03 pm

Northeast Travel Headaches

Trying to get a head start on your long holiday weekend? Folks traveling to, from, around the Northeast should be prepared for delays in the air and on the roads.  We are already dealing with this this morning and will most likely continue to see delays throughout much of the day and possibly into the weekend.

From www.flightradar24.com

This website (a little bit addicting for nerds like me) shows near real time location of all the flights currently in the air.  By clicking on a plane, you can see the path the flight has taken and its intended destination.  Not surprisingly, many of the flight paths around the New York airports included multiple loops as they waited to land. The flight pictured above, coming from The Bahamas, circled off the coast of New Jersey before being able to land at JFK.  Winds gusting up over 50 mph and heavy rain led to this slow down.

Rain Now, Snow Coming

Out ahead of the center of low pressure (which is sitting Northeast of Michigan), most of the precipitation is falling in the form of rain. A transition to snow across the Northeast will take place later as this storm moves to the east and cold air wraps in behind.

Rainfall totals in excess of an inch already reported this morning in portions of New York and it will continue today. Flooding issues in areas close the the coasts.

From the National Weather Service in Upton, NY:

* AT 936 AM EST...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN ROCKLAND COUNTY
HAVE REPORTED FLASH FLOODING FROM 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL THAT
FELL EARLIER THIS MORNING. RIVER AND STREAMS ACROSS THE WARNED AREA
CONTINUE TO RISE AND IN SOME CASES MAY EXCEED THEIR BANKFULL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY
ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW
LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

Blizzard Aftermath

Madison, WI was the big “winner” as this same storm system moved through the Midwest yesterday picking up a whopping 20″ of snow.  Numerous locations around the region had snow totals over a foot. Just to name a few:

Chances for a white Christmas looking higher for many areas after this recent snowfall.  Current snow covered areas:

Winter Solstice

The least amount of sunlight in one day occurs today.  Here is how much daylight we have lost since that Summer Solstice:

This is the amount of daylight for today:

It’s only getting lighter and brighter from here!  Days will be longer (by a couple seconds) tomorrow and significantly longer by the end of January.  Daylight minutes gained by the end of January:

 Friday Forecast

Last minute shopping?  With the exception of the Northeast, most of the rest of the nation will enjoy dry weather into the start of the weekend.  Its very chilly throughout the central US but at least its sunny.  The next storm system is approaching the Northwest and that will mean rain and mountain snow from Washington down to Central California today.

Happy Friday and safe travels!

Gretchen Mishek

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