Snow Geeks Unite! 12 Great Maps Highlight Current and Forecast Snow Conditions in the Northeast

It's been snowing a bit in New England lately, a slow-motion avalanche from the sky that has buried the entire region under feet of snow. It's been a remarkable, fascinating, and exhausting spell of weather. So take a break from shoveling out for the umpteenth time and dig instead into a trove of map-based data that quantifies just how much snow is out there.

Each winter, the National Weather Service closely monitors snow conditions throughout New England and New York, including snow depth, snow water equivalent, daily snowfall, and forecast snow melt, among other things. All of this information is then displayed on the Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC) Snow Information Page in a series of 12 maps, each of which is updated daily to reflect current conditions.

My personal favorite—both for aesthetics and at-a-glance information—is the current snow depth map (pictured below), which is also available as a seven-day archive from the past week.

http://www.weather.gov/nerfc/weekly_snowdepth
There's also this clickable map of snow depth, which shows specific snow depth readings by location.

http://www.weather.gov/nerfc/snow_depth_im
If you're more interested in what's coming than what's on the ground, you can check out the regional snow forecast map.


If you really want to geek out, you can check out interactive maps of snowpack density, snowpack temperature, and snow water equivalent. But perhaps the one thing you really want to know is when all the white stuff is finally going to start melting. The current 48-hour forecast snow melt map (also available in a 24-hour version) tells a bitter truth, however. It ain't going anywhere, anytime soon.

http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html?ql=station&zoom=&loc=Latitude%2CLongitude%3B+City%2CST%3B+or+Station+ID&var=ssm_melt_48_d&snap=1&o9=1&o12=1&o13=1&lbl=m&mode=pan&extents=us&min_x=-80.450000000002&min_y=39.549999999996&max_x=-66.950000000003&max_y=49.674999999996&coord_x=-73.7000000000025&coord_y=44.612499999996&zbox_n=&zbox_s=&zbox_e=&zbox_w=&metric=0&bgvar=dem&width=600&height=450&nw=600&nh=450&h_o=0&font=0&js=1&uc=0
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