A major East Coast snowstorm is becoming increasingly likely by midweek delivering 12-18 inches of snow in some areas, as well as a high risk of damaging winds, heavy rain, and power outages.
East Coast to see major nor’easter by midweek
Forecast predictions continue to show an increasing likelihood of a major storm striking the East Coast by the middle of the week. A strong nor’easter is anticipated for Wednesday-Thursday with the risk level now forecast as high for delivering heavy amounts of snow and rain, as well as damaging winds.
Potential power outages and flooding
Parts of the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians could see power outages in those regions from the combination of heavy snow and gusty winds. The strong winds will also bring the threat of coastal flooding from the mid-Atlantic into New England is possible.
Travel to be impacted, very dangerous
Slick roads will be another high risk which could disrupt or make travel difficult and dangerous on Wednesday and Thursday. The storm will impact the interior Northeast, as well as along parts of the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to New York and Philadelphia.
Residents of these areas are warned to start planning now for a major storm that will disrupt travel. Road conditions are expected to be very dangerous, especially on Wednesday night. You might want to do a search for your area auto accident attorney in advance and have a phone number on hand if you have to travel.
Building on Monday-Tuesday, main impact late Wednesday
Light snow will begin in parts of the Northeast on Monday. But the upper level energy that will trigger the nor’easter will move in from the plains into the South and the Ohio Valley on Tuesday night, the Weather Channel reports.
The main impact of the storm will begin on late Wednesday into Wednesday night.
Predictions for snowfall accumulation
Forecasts vary, but one model from AccuWeather shows 12-18 inches of snow for central and eastern Pennsylvania, with 8-12 inches of snow for Western Pennsylvania; 8-12 inches of snow for Western New Jersey, 4-8 inches of snow for central New Jersey, and 1-4 inches for eastern New Jersey, WFMZ reported. A foot of snow could also stretch as far south as northern and central Virginia and eastern West Virginia.
Storm will move out by late Thursday
On Thursday, the morning will start with some lingering snow which will gradually taper off, giving way to flurries and snow showers by midday. The storm is expected to begin moving out to sea later in the day. The skies will gradually clear, giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. Winds will remain gusty.
Some coastal flooding could linger in parts of New England.