Winter Storm Nadia Is Tracking Through the Mid-Atlantic After Bringing Feet of Snow to the West

Chris Dolce
Published: February 16, 2019

Winter Storm Nadia

Winter Storm Nadia will spread snow through parts of the mid-Atlantic into Saturday after impacting travel in parts of the Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley and hammering the West with heavy snow the last few days.

(LATEST: Impacts From Nadia

Happening Now

Snow and freezing rain are moving through portions of the Ohio River Valley and mid-Atlantic and will continue sliding eastward Saturday.


Current Radar

Snowfall made a mess of Missouri interstates on Friday, including Interstate 70 near Concordia where a number of trucks collided Friday afternoon. Portions of I-70 were closed for several hours hours. A portion of Interstate 35 northeast of Kansas City were also shut down due to the snow.

Many areas from southern Nebraska to central Missouri received 3 to 6 inches of snow, while near Condon, Montana measured 7 inches of snowfall. The northern suburbs of Kansas City saw more than 5 inches so far while much of the city has seen 4 inches.

Forecast

Saturday

  • Nadia will wring out some additional light snow to start the weekend, from far eastern Kentucky into West Virginia and central Virginia.
  • Nadia will depart the mid-Atlantic by Saturday night.

Saturday's Forecast

Little to no additional snow accumulation is expected in the mid-Atlantic.

Storm Recap

Winter Storm Nadia had its origins in a deep dip in the jet stream over the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Two separate low-pressure systems made up Nadia: a weaker system that rode southward in the Pacific just offshore from British Columbia into the northwestern United States from Feb. 11-13 and a second low that came from the Central Pacific.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport picked up 6.1 inches of snow on Feb. 11. That brought Seattle's February snowfall total to 20.2 inches, its seventh-snowiest month on record and the snowiest month in 50 years.

Heavy, wet snow, northeast of downtown Seattle in Kirkland, Washington, led to numerous reports of trees and limbs downed on the morning of Feb. 12.

At its peak, about 100,000 customers in Washington were without power, according to PowerOutage.us.

Interstate 90 was closed Feb. 11-12 over Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. The National Weather Service said 53 inches of snow was estimated at the pass by the U.S. Forest Service through the morning of Feb. 12, from both winter storms Nadia and Maya.

Spokane, Washington, picked up 9 inches of snow Feb. 11-13.

Rain changed to snow late Feb. 12 and continued into Feb. 13 in Redding, California, at the north end of the Sacramento Valley. Up to 13 inches of snow was measured near downtown on Feb. 13. The last time Redding saw measurable snow was January 2017, when 3 inches was recorded. On average, the city only picks up accumulating snow once every other year.

The town of Anderson, California, just south of Redding, reported 3 to 4 inches of snow on the night of Feb. 12. This prompted a shutdown of Interstate 5 between Fawndale and Edgewood, north of Redding.

Some sleet and freezing rain has been reported in parts of southern Kansas, northern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and southern Missouri on the morning of Feb. 15.

Here are some snowfall totals by state as of Friday morning. Note that some of this snowfall in the Northwest Feb. 11 was also from a final phase of Winter Storm Maya.

West

  • California: 24 inches at Mount Shasta; 13.5 inches near Redding
  • Colorado: 11 inches in Telluride; 10 inches at Steamboat Ski Resort
  • Idaho: 28.5 inches in Bonners Ferry
  • Montana: 39 inches in Heron; 7.5 inches in Canyon Creek; 4.1 inches in Billings
  • Nevada: 8.5 inches near Incline Village
  • New Mexico: 12 inches in Chama
  • Oregon: 18.5 inches near Hood River; 15 inches near Cornucopia
  • Utah: 18 inches in Snowbasin; 15 inches in Alta
  • Washington: 53 inches at Snoqualmie Pass; 6.1 inches at Seattle-Tacoma Int'l Airport; 9 inches in Spokane
  • Wyoming: 32.4 inches near Encampment at the Little Snake River SNOTEL (elevation 8,915 feet); 7 inches in Jackson Hole

Central and East

  • Illinois: 5 inches in Carbondale; 0.20 inches of ice in Metropolis
  • Kansas: 5 inches in Saint George; 3.5 inches near Topeka; 0.13 inches of ice near Englevale
  • Kentucky: 1.8 inches in Greensburg; up to 0.30 inches of ice near Heath and 0.20 inches near Paducah
  • Missouri: 5.4 inches in Warrensburg;4 inches in Kansas City;0.20 inches of ice in Bernie and Willard; 0.18 inches of ice in Joplin
  • Nebraska: 4 inches in Hebron; 2.5 inches near Lincoln
  • South Dakota: 6 inches near Hermosa; 5.3 inches near Rapid City

Light freezing rain also accumulated in northeastern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and northern Tennessee.


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