A winter storm — yes, another winter storm, because this is the winter that will never, ever end — is expected to streak from the Midwest to New England from Tuesday night through Thursday.
The storm could push Chicago and Detroit’s snow totals into record-setting territory, pummel Ohio and upstate New York with blustery winds and snowfall and drop up to 19 inches (!!) on poor, poor Vermont.
Here’s a look at the winter storm warnings (in pink) and winter weather advisories (in purple) stretching from Illinois to Maine as of Tuesday evening:
Let’s run through just what kind of misery could be in store.
Chicago/Detroit: These two cities could see between 4 and 8 inches of snow between Tuesday night and Wednesday. That would only add to the carnival of snowy misery that has been this winter in these spots — and as Jason Samenow points out, this amount of snowfall could push it higher in the record books:
Chicago has already been buried by 75.5 inches of snow this winter, fourth most on record dating back to 1884-1885. The snowfall expected tonight and tomorrow should push the seasonal total into third place, ahead of the 77.0 inch total from 1969-1970. If 8 inches accumulate, the season’s snow output will surge into second place, besting the 82.3 inch amount from 1977-78. The 89.7 inch total from 1978-1979 shall remain the snow king through this storm, but the Windy City frequently gets accumulating snow into April, so an all-time snow record remains achievable.
Detroit has received 84.1 inches of snow this winter, standing alone in second place in records dating back to 1880. Its snowiest winter on record was 1880-1881 when 93.6 inches fell. Should snowfall from this storm reach the high-end of 4-8 inch projections, 2013-2014 will move into first place in Detroit’s snow history.
Detroit’s biggest snowstorm on record fell in early April 1886, so even if this storm doesn’t pan out, there could be more ahead.
Indiana/Ohio: Indiana could see harsher winter weather in the northern half of the state, while the southern half may see an inch or less. A big chunk of the state could get between 5 and 9 inches:
UPDATED WINTER STORM INFO: Winter Storm Warning now in effect for the entire area. Snow amounts of 5″-9″ possible. pic.twitter.com/dDTEUiIGkR
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) March 11, 2014
Parts of northern Ohio, meanwhile, could see 6 to 8 inches of snow and, in case that’s not enough, some freezing rain and ice.
— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) March 11, 2014
Upstate New York: Snowfall could reach as high as 14 to 18 inches in Buffalo, forecasters say, with even higher totals (18 to 24 inches) in Rochester. But at least the snow will come with horrible, horrible wind, with gusts up to 45 mph predicted for Wednesday.
— NWS BUFFALO (@NWSBUFFALO) March 11, 2014
These snow totals would be unusually high: For Buffalo, there have only been seven days in March with at least 10 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. In Rochester, the two highest single-day snow totals are both in March — 29.8 inches (on March 1, 1900) and 22.3 inches (March 4, 1999). If the snowfall in Rochester reaches the high end of the forecasts, it would be the second-highest total on record.
New England: By Wednesday, the storm will move into the region. Vermont could be hit by between 10 and 19 inches of snow as well as strong gusts, because it can’t just be the snow, it also has to be the blustery winds.
Forecast remains on track for a major winter storm Wed-Thu. Prepare for difficult travel with 1-2″/hr snowfall rates. pic.twitter.com/aVMyRg65E9
— NWS Burlington (@NWSBurlington) March 11, 2014
The National Weather Service is predicting anywhere from 6 to 14 inches of accumulation in parts of Maine, ranging from between 6 and 10 inches in Portland to between 12 and 18 inches in places like Rumford, Bingham and Madison.
Also, The Rain: In addition, the National Weather Service warns that showers and thunderstorms are expected in the Gulf Coast, Florida and the Mid-Atlantic.