Tis the season for winter weather and this week we are experiencing the full effects of winter storm Gail, marching up the east coast. Many from Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania have all felt these effects which includes slick road conditions and delayed travel.
There is a major snowstorm headed for the East Coast on Wednesday, December 16th around 2:00 p.m., with New York City being the bullseye. According to AccuWeather, it could bring as much as 10-18 inches of snow between Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service at State College predicts, a high temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 24 degrees Fahrenheit. The storm will have winds of 25 to 35 mph, in areas along the Atlantic Ocean, gusts could reach as high as 50 mph. The storm is expected to taper off on Thursday, around 8:00 a.m.
Let’s talk about the weather so far this year (or lack thereof). For the first 12 days of 2020 in our hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we had the 11th warmest start on record. Most of Pennsylvania saw temperatures last Saturday averaging 20 - 30 degrees higher than normal. This is not welcomed news to the energy industry, which obviously loves to sell fuel in the wintertime to keep us warm. Despite the warm start, it looks like cooler-than-average temperatures are on the way over the next two weeks, including the possibility of the first significant snowstorm of the year during the weekend.
Many will be hitting the road sometime today for Thanksgiving, unfortunately storms are heading in and could potentially cause travel disruptions. Heavy snow has already caused cancellations at the Denver airport and there is a high risk of mudslides in portions of California.