A new and powerful winter storm is making its rounds through the Northeast and will continue to do so until Thursday, accompanied by strong winds, heavy rainfall, sleet, accumulated snow, and even will pose the risk of coastal flooding. This system will strengthen and make its way through the mid-Atlantic coast on Tuesday, and then continue inland on Tuesday night, moving all the way into Thursday.
According to a leading meteorologist with AccuWeather, this will be a snowstorm for some areas that are inland, but it will be tropical-storm like for residents living along the coast and a lot of Interstate-95.
The heaviest snow is more likely to occur on the Endless, Adirondack, Green, White, Longfellow, and Catskill Mountains; and they can expect 6 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts possible. This weather is welcome for people who have interests in outdoor activities such as skiing or snowboarding, but travel wise, the conditions will not be favorable. As for the traveling in these conditions, Interstates 81, 87, 88, 90, 91, and 93 will be the most snow covered with this system.
As for inland and outside of the mountainous areas, the rate of snowfall will determine how bad the traveling conditions will get. The temperatures will have a large impact on snow melting or freezing and causing icy roads. The snow would have to fall at a very fast rate in order to accumulate on paved surfaces outside of the mountains.
The communities that are at risk for heavy snow and treacherous traveling conditions include Scranton, Lebanon, Caribou, Binghamton, Syracuse, Rutland, and Burlington. If enough warm air enters this area at the right time, this snow will turn into more of a wintry mix or even rain for a short period of time.
Even though there may be some heavier bursts of icy conditions to start off, the snow will be pretty light on Interstates 68, 70, 79, 80, 81, and 86 in the central Appalachians and toward the eastern Great Lakes to be wet or slushy on Tuesday through Wednesday.
When the snow begins to turn into rain in the Northeast, it could cause problems for motorists in the area due to some icing over of roads. Icy conditions have already caused a few accidents and road closures on major highways early Tuesday morning from central Pennsylvania to northern Virginia.
If you live in the I-95 corridor from Boston on to Washington D.C, then you can expect mostly rain with little or no snow. The rain alone may bring some negative impacts to travelers and residents alike, as the heavy rain can threaten to trigger flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
If you plan on traveling by airliner, it is in your best interest to prepare for flight delays and cancellations, poor visibility, and risk of hydroplaning. These conditions will spread from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City during the day on Tuesday to Boston for the evening commute.
As for coastal flooding, the threat will be most prominent on Tuesday from Delaware to New Jersey beaches, and even New York to New England. For NY and NE, the threat will increase Tuesday night father north along the eastern coast as winds whip across the region. This won’t pack too much of a punch though, as it will probably only be limited to a couple of hours due to high tides. The winds along the coast may be strong enough to cause localized damage and power outages, and the gusts will more than likely top out at about 50 mph in some coastal areas. Also, the strong onshore winds at the coast will be shut off as the storm moves northward and inland through midweek.
Colder air will then wrap into the storm, along with snow and flurries through Thursday night. There is a possibility of accumulation across the I-95 corridor, but the places that are most susceptible to the snow are New England and the Appalachians. Pennsylvania and western and central New York are also likely to receive some lake-enhanced snow.