A major storm system forecast to bring winter weather from North Carolina to New England this weekend could have a “significant” impact as it moves up the East Coast, a meteorologist said. The meteorologist warned on Thursday of a storm that could affect traffic along the Interstate-95 Corridor and threaten power outages for millions of people.
Although the storm posed a severe threat to nearly a dozen states, its exact track was uncertain early Thursday. “There are still a lot of inconsistencies in model runs, especially over the past few days where they’ve been fluctuating back and forth,” said Tiffany Fortier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New York. “.
The models are showing paths to the west and east, she said, and their lack of consensus has made this storm “very complex.” By late Thursday, forecast models could begin to show a more reliable direction, especially for the New York City area, where the storm could “hit or miss.” she said.
The upcoming storm will bring another heavy snowfall for much of the East Coast, which has had a lot of snow this month, including a system stranded hundreds of drivers south of Washington, DC
“It is always better to be over-prepared than to be unprepared,” Ms Fortier said. “As there is so much uncertainty, the best recommendation is to stay tuned and up to date with your local Weather Service office.”
Here’s what to expect from this weekend’s storm.
It will begin in the South on Friday night.
The storm will likely form east of the Carolinas Friday night, Weather service said. Light snow could break out through the central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic on Friday night before pushing north, where accumulations could exceed a foot in some areas. Forecasters say strong winds and flooding in some areas are also possible. As of early Thursday, a winter storm track for the weekend stretched from eastern North Carolina up to New England.
What is the forecast for the Mid-Atlantic states?
A winter storm warning is in effect Friday night through Saturday for parts of Maryland, Delaware, as far southeastern Pennsylvania, and a large swath of New Jersey, according to the Weather Service. Snow accumulation across the region can be as high as 9 inches, but New Jersey’s coastal counties can reach up to 12 inches.
Rain will start to fall like rain in Central North Carolina before turning to snow on Friday night. Several bands of snow are then expected to move across the region before gradually ending on Saturday morning. The same, similar, parts of Virginia and Maryland will begin to rain before turning to snow, with some areas expected to be seen by people. Areas around Richmond, Va., can see just a few inches, but it’s unclear how much snow will fall. Washington, DC, area.
New York’s forecast is highly uncertain.
Forecasters say heavy snow and high winds are likely for parts of the eastern New York City area Friday through Saturday night, but emphasize “Extraordinary amount of uncertainty” with the amount of snow.
Lee Goldberg, a meteorologist for ABC 7 in New York, forecast that eastern Long Island and the southeastern part of New England have the best chance for blizzard conditions and a thick layer of snow or more. The New York City area and surrounding areas could see up to 6 inches of snow — or 12 inches at most, depending on the storm’s path. Areas north of the city and west are expected to see several inches of snow or no snow at all.
How will the storm affect New England?
Across New England, heavy snowfall and strong winds are forecast, which could bring blowing snow, scattered power outages and some damage. Weather service said. Coastal flooding and beach erosion are also possible. Parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are under view for winter storms late Friday through Saturday.
Area can saw up to 18 inches of snow with gusts of up to 60 mph, particularly in Cape Cod. Meteorologists say travel conditions will be so difficult that it will be impossible. Areas further west, including Springfield, Mass., and Danbury, Conn., could see much lower total snowfall.
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