In less than a week the Mid-Atlantic region is receiving its second major snowstorm and as the snow totals mount, east coast cities have accumulated more snow this season than cities in the Rocky Mountain region. In a normal snow season you expect big snow totals from places like Denver and Cheyenne but this winter those normally snowbound cities have been replaced by Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore.
Portions of the U.S. East Coast have seen a series of unusual snowstorms beginning with one just before Christmas. Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore all recorded some of their snowiest Decembers on record.
- Slideshow: Mid-Atlantic blizzard piles on record-setting snow totals
- Related: Blizzard besieges East Coast from Washington D.C. to New York City
Last week, an even more powerful winter snowstorm pummeled the region on Friday and Saturday leaving behind snow totals in some places exceeding two feet. Now, a third storm has created blizzard conditions across the Mid-Atlantic and is piling on even more snow.
A solitary cyclist makes rides across the mostly empty streets of the
Brooklyn borough of New York during a winter snow storm
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) More
incredible photos in the slideshow below.
In what some have called ‘snowmageddon’ and ‘snowpocalypse’, cities in the Mid-Atlantic have accumulated snowfall totals surpassing higher altitude and normally snowier locales.
Baltimore is leading the east’s charge with 65.6 inches of snow recorded thus far for the snow season. Philadelphia is slightly behind at 62.3 inches and in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. has recorded 48.8 inches.
By comparison, the Rocky Mountain region is lagging well behind. Cheyenne offers the highest totals of major cities in the region with 54.3 inches recorded thus far this season. Further north, Billings, Montana has 47.1 inches. Denver, Colorado is third in the region with only 41.4 inches and Salt Lake City, Utah has received a paltry 22.7 inches.
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Baltimore’s total now puts the 2009 – 2010 snow season as its biggest on record and while Washington D.C. hasn’t reached its record yet, it is expected to by the end of the day.
While the east is holding the lead over the west, that may not last long. El Nino conditions usually bring big snow to places like Denver and March is historically the Colorado city’s snowiest month.