The Blizzard of 2018 continues in the northeast today, after dropping record amounts of snow and ice across the deep south of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina yesterday. The worst of the blizzard conditions today will be along coastal areas of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Long Island, and eastern New England.
The heaviest snow from this storm, which will be in the 1-2 feet range, will be confined to coastal northeastern Virginia, coastal eastern Maryland, southeastern Delaware, the Jersey Shore, central Long Island, the Boston Metro area, coastal New Hampshire, and central Maine.
Rain and/or mixed precipitation will keep totals down a bit for Cape Cod and nearby islands and the northeast coast of Maine.
In addition to heavy snow, strong, potentially damaging winds will blast through the northeast. Strong winds are responsible for the blizzard conditions: blizzard criteria is met when winds of 35mph or greater exist for at least 3 hours with visibility reduced to 1/4 mile or less for the same amount of time. The wind-whipped white out conditions will bring areas under a Blizzard Warning to those criteria today into tonight. Even outside of the Blizzard Warning areas, strong winds will blow and drift snow well away from the coast, making travel hazardous even in areas not expecting significant snowfall amounts. Strong winds will also knock down trees, tree branches, and power lines, possibly leaving many without power or heat for a prolonged period of time.
The Blizzard of 2018 will wrap-up from southwest to northeast late today into early tomorrow.