Jan 21-24: Blizzard of 2005

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By Quincy Vagell on January 22, 2013, 3:25pm Last modified: October 7, 2014, 2:05pm

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Low pressure brought heavy amounts of snow to the upper Midwest and Great Lakes on January 21st and 22nd of 2005. The storm eventually transferred energy to a strong nor'easter off the New England coast. The end result was major snowfall across much of the Northeast.

Click here for the full-size snowfall map from NCDC/NOAA.

At Bradley Int'l Airport in Windsor Locks, 12.5 inches of snow was reported. Heavier amounts of snow plastered eastern Massachusetts with 22 inches in Boston, but some of the most impressive totals were further south and east.

A few locations in Massachusetts, including Plymouth, Haverhill and Sagamore Beach reported over 3 feet of snow and snow drifts up to 7 feet deep.

Snowfall rates of 3 to 6 inches an hour brought southeastern New England to a complete standstill.

Click here for a list of snowfall reports from NE Conn. and southeastern New England.

Despite a low track into southern Wisconsin (which is usually too far north for heavy snow in Connecticut, a "banana" high pressure system forced the storm to scoot out to the south of us. Also, the shape of the high pressure system ensured cold air was locked into the Northeast before the storm. (lower left)

Above right 
image shows low pressure just south of Long Island as the heaviest bands of snow were moving across Connecticut on January 23rd.

 

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