The first Nor’easter of 2021

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**This article is a summary of the first nor’easter of 2021 which is ongoing. For the latest warning information click here.**

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The Twin Tiers is in the midst of another winter storm, once again bringing travel-impacting snowfall for the first half of the work week. This is one of a few similar storms that we have seen this winter season, the most notable one being on December 16th and 17th, 2020.

What is a nor’easter? A Nor’easter is a synoptic extra-tropical cyclone in the western Atlantic Ocean. The name is derived from the direction of the surface wind during the event and the direction that the low travels, which is in a northeast direction. The low moves just off and up the East Coast and winds in locations impacted on land blow from the Northeast. This system has a unique set-up, combining with another weaker disturbance that traveled into the region from the Ohio Valley. That low-pressure system dropped a lot of rain in the Midwest and Ohio Valley Regions, the latter of which saw some snowfall.

This system is not done with us quite yet. We expect continued persistent snowfall throughout Monday evening and into much of Tuesday. At the end of the event, total snowfall accumulation will amount to over a foot in most locations across the Twin Tiers with the possibility for over 18 inches in portions of Bradford County.

Travel is likely to be greatly impacted throughout the next couple of days so it is recommended that you limit travel to the best of your abilities. This is a long duration snow event with winds picking up into Tuesday morning. Winds will continue into Wednesday with gusts over 25 mph. Fallen snow has been fluffy and light so will be susceptible to blowing around. Even when the snow wraps up we will still be impacted by this dangerous blowing snow.

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