- Orlena received its begin by hammering the mountain West, together with the Sierra.
- It then blanketed the Midwest, together with Chicago, the ultimate weekend of January.
- Then Orlena buried elements of the Northeast in over 2 toes of snow.
Winter Storm Orlena hammered elements of the mountain West, Midwest and Northeast with heavy snow and robust winds from late January into early February.
Orlena started its cross-country journey in California as an atmospheric-river fueled Pacific storm wrung out toes of snow within the Sierra and different elements of the West, together with flooding rain. For full particulars on this a part of the storm, click here.
Orlena then tracked into the Midwest over the ultimate weekend of January.
Earlier than Orlena’s Midwest snow kicked into gear on Jan. 30, over 100 million Americans have been lined by a Nationwide Climate Service winter storm watch, warning or winter climate advisory within the Midwest and Northeast.
Chicago’s O’Hare airport picked up 10.8 inches of snowfall from Jan. 30-31. Mixed with Winter Storm Nathaniel, it was Chicago’s snowiest week in almost 6 years, based on the Nationwide Climate Service.
Components of the Milwaukee metro space noticed 8 to 10 inches of snow, making this their snowiest January in 16 years.
A hall of northern Indiana from the northwest Indiana suburbs of Chicago to Fort Wayne picked up 8 to 10 inches of snow.
Starting on Jan. 31, snow unfold into the Mid-Atlantic states, then intensified that evening into Feb. 1.
Components of three states within the Northeast picked up greater than two toes of snow within the storm, together with jap Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and southeast New York.
The storm’s most snow whole was 36.1 inches in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. We’ve a full state-by-state breakdown of snow totals on the backside of the article.
New York Metropolis’s Central Park had a storm whole of 17.4 inches. That made it the sixteenth heaviest snowstorm on report there courting to 1869 and the first 1-foot-plus snowstorm, there, in five years.
Wind gusts at occasions over 30 or 40 mph produced close to whiteout circumstances within the decrease Hudson Valley.
Allentown, Pennsylvania, had its second-heaviest snowstorm with 27.3 inches, which trailed solely the Jan. 2016 snowstorm (31.9 inches in two days).
Snowfall charges as excessive as 3 inches per hour were observed in the course of the peak of the storm on Feb. 1.
The load of this prolific snowfall prompted the collapse of a bowling alley in Northampton, simply north of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Even with extra modest snow totals, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. picked up more snow from Orlena in a few hours’ time than they measured all final winter season.
Afterward Feb. 1 into Feb. 2, heavier snow pushed into New England, up the Hudson Valley, and ultimately pinwheeled again west into central New York and central Pennsylvania once more.
Many places within the Hudson Valley between Albany and New York Metropolis, central and western Connecticut, Massachusetts and southeast New Hampshire picked up no less than a foot of snow.
An unimaginable west-to-east distinction in snowfall totals arrange throughout jap Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as considerably hotter air allowed extra rain to fall alongside the south shore of Massachusetts to Cape Cod, in comparison with the a lot snowier western and northern suburbs of Boston.
Coastal Flooding, Winds
Coastal flooding inundated areas from Delaware to Maine over a number of excessive tide cycles with the slow-moving nor’easter that Orlena grew to become.
Roads have been inundated at excessive tide close to Atlantic Metropolis, Belmar, Manasquan and Wildwood, New Jersey, and likewise at Howard Seashore, New York.
Roads have been inundated by coastal flooding on Groundhog Day in elements of jap Massachusetts, together with round Scituate. Coastal flooding prompted the closure of two northbound and southbound lanes of Morrissey Boulevard in Boston round excessive tide on Feb. 2, which is taken into account minor flooding within the metropolis.
Widespread, damaging winds did not happen with Orlena alongside the East Coast. Nevertheless, numerous places alongside the Jersey shore, Lengthy Island and on Nantucket Island did report gusts over 50 mph. A 63 mph gust at Level Nice, New Jersey, was the strongest measured alongside the coast.
Top Snow Totals By State (Midwest, East)
For some peak snow totals whereas Orlena affected the West, click here.
In any other case, listed here are the utmost snow totals, together with different notable totals, by state.
Illinois: 12.9 inches in Romeoville
Indiana: 11.5 inches close to Valparaiso
Iowa: 8.5 inches close to Halfway
Michigan: 3.8 inches in Sturgis
Minnesota: 2.5 inches in Preston
Ohio: 8.7 inches close to Fredericktown
Wisconsin: 13.5 inches in Racine
Connecticut: 19.4 inches close to Torrington; 12.1 inches at Bradley Discipline close to Windsor Locks
Delaware: 6.5 inches close to Woodside
Maine: 15.5 inches in Salem; 7.8 inches in Portland
Maryland: 20.5 inches close to Sabillasville; 4 inches at Baltimore-Washington Int’l Airport
Massachusetts: 24 inches in Lowell; 1.2 inches at Boston-Logan Airport
New Hampshire: 16 inches in Atkinson; 10.5 inches in Nashua
New Jersey: 35.5 inches in Mt. Arlington; 1 inch in Atlantic Metropolis
New York: 27.1 inches in Davenport; 8.3 inches in Albany
North Carolina: 10.2 inches close to Marshall
Pennsylvania: 36.1 inches in Nazareth; 7.9 inches in Philadelphia; 7 inches in Pittsburgh
Rhode Island: 13 inches in Chepachet
Tennessee: 11 inches close to Gatlinburg
Vermont: 17 in Woodford; 9 inches in Burlington
Virginia: 10 inches close to Verona; 6 inches close to Blacksburg; 3.2 inches at Reagan Nationwide Airport
West Virginia: 22.1 inches close to Terra Alt
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