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Berks Winter Cast

Millenium Blizzard Bust

 

The first widespread major snowstorm of the season blanketed most of Eastern Pennsylvania with 5 to 12 inches on December 30th. Snow began falling during the predawn hours and fell heavy at times into the early afternoon. The western edge of the heaviest snow cut across the western parts of the Philadelphia suburbs, Lehigh Valley and the Poconos. For example, in Chester County, accumulations ranged from around 6 inches in the far eastern parts of the county to only an inch along its western border with Lancaster County.

 

Most impressive line for a backside of a snowstorm I have ever seen

 

 

Because the snow that was supposed to occur in the Philadelpha and New York did happen a major bust was not widely known but there were huge errors in the forecasting of this storm... Berks Countians should remember all too well we had a winter storm warning the Friday night before hand  for 10-16" we ended up with 2" at the very end

 

 

A review of Surface Maps from the storm…

 
Here is a review of model performance vs what really occurred…
 

Here is a comparison side by side from the ETA and AVN computer model forecasts from the day before…

 

 

The AVN forecast actually held up pretty well, meanwhile the ETA was way too strong and way too far west.

 

Here was the final snowfall from the storm…