Boston on Track for Record-Breaking Snowfall This Winter
Boston is on track for record-breaking snowfall this winter.
By MELISSA GRIFFIN
February 10, 2015, 11:23 PM
• 6 min read
-- So far over 77 inches of snow has fallen for the season in Boston -- that’s nearly 3 feet above normal, with the average being 43.8 inches. That makes it the snowiest season to this date in recorded history, and already the ninth snowiest season overall.
The snowiest season ever was the winter of 1995-1996, when Boston got 107.6 inches. If we stay at this pace, that record could be broken. Over 40 inches of snow has fallen in February alone -- the third snowiest February on record -- even though we're less than half way into the month.
As seen in the chart above, it’s the snowiest 14-day, 20-day and 30-day periods on record. Boston got 6 feet of snow in 30 days -- that's a first.
Boston has had two top 10 snowstorms in just two weeks. The blizzard of 2015 that happened on Jan. 26-27 dropped 24.4 inches ranked No. 6 of snowfalls on record. The most recent storm ended at 23.8 inches, ranking in at No 7. So far, Boston has had three calendar days of 12-plus inches of snow this winter, and those were all record-setting, happening about a week apart. This has never happened before, the highest was only two days of 12-plus inches snow in one season.
That newspaper headline above really says it all. Here are a few comparisons to show just how much snow dumped on Boston these past few weeks. They've had twice the amount of snow as Mount Washington, N.H., this month (about 40 inches vs. about 20 inches). Mount Washington is known for some of the worst weather in the world. Boston also had nearly four times the amount of snow as Anchorage, Alaska, this season. Anchorage stands at about 19 inches so far but that’s over 30 inches below normal for them. Still, 77 inches is higher than Anchorage's average season. In the past two weeks, crews removed enough snow to fill Gillette Stadium 90 times.
Now, New England is prepping for another storm moving through the Northeast on Thursday. The good news, only light snow expected. But behind this system is some real frigid air, maybe even the coldest of the season for some places. Essentially half of the country will see temperatures in the 20s or below on Friday morning -- freezing temps dipping all the way down to Florida. This is just cold blast No. 1 -- look at the map again and you see another cold front near Minneapolis, with snow dropping into the upper Midwest yet again on Friday. That’s round 2.
The second storm takes a similar track as the first, bringing snow through the Midwest on Thursday and Friday and into the Northeast by Saturday. By Sunday morning, temperatures are expected to be even colder, with single digits and teens as far south as Nashville and Atlanta. The pink colors are below zero and stretch from Minneapolis to Maine. Remember, both of these maps are actual air temperature, so when you consider wind chill, it will feel even colder.
We could be looking a multiple day stretch of extremely cold temperatures from Friday to Monday. Temps may not see above freezing for many locations during this time frame. Even high temperatures will be up to 30 degrees below normal through the weekend. Make sure to cozy up and keep warm with that special someone this Valentine's Day, especially if you live in the eastern half of the country.