February 13-14, 2013 Snowstorm
A relatively weak low pressure tracked through the southern Mid Atlantic and off the Virginia coast while gradually intensifying, producing widespread light-moderate snowfall across the northern Mid Atlantic and coastal southern New England. Snow totals were minor compared to the blizzard several days earlier, with the storm having produced widespread 1-4 inch totals.
February 13-14, 2013 Storm Archive
February 9 – Forecast Update
February 10 – Ice/Rain Monday, Thurs Storm Possible
February 11 – Two Storms Coming Up
February 12 – Some Snow Weds Night, Mild Friday
February 13 – Snow Tonight, Then Mild Friday
A weak low pressure developed in the southern US near the Gulf of Mexico coast on February 12, producing widespread rain, mixing with snow in northern Texas and Oklahoma. The low pressure continued to quickly track northwest, reaching northern Georgia overnight into early Wednesday morning, February 13. Widespread precipitation spread into the Mid Atlantic throughout the day until the low pressure expanded further east, redeveloping just off the southeast Virginia coast in the evening with a minimum pressure near 1000 mb. The low continued to quickly track ENE overnight, intensifying slightly to reach a minimum pressure of 994 mb on Thursday morning, February 14, while moving away from the region.
Forecasting The Storm
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Storm Impact in the Northeast
Regional radar image from 7:08 PM 2/13, from the National Weather Service. Light to moderate precipitation in the form of rain/snow covers the eastern half of PA and most of NJ in this map.
Widespread precipitation spread into the central and northern Mid Atlantic early on Wednesday, 2/13, with the snow focusing over Pennsylvania, especially in the afternoon when a band of heavy snow set up near State College, producing temporarily heavy snow rates. Temperatures were marginal for snow accumulations elsewhere, however, hovering near freezing, with a rain/snow mix falling in New Jersey towards the late afternoon and evening, locally heavy in parts of southern-central New Jersey.
As the low pressure redeveloped near the southeast VA coast, precipitation stopped expanding north near northern PA and northern NJ; while radar showed widespread moderate snow reaching southern NY state and southern New England, there was plenty of dry air in the northern half of the storm with some or all of the snow evaporating before reaching the ground. The snow ended overnight as the storm quickly raced offshore.