Forecasters predicting 12-18 inches of snow

09 March, 2018, 09:50 | Author: Constance French
  • Another coastal storm brewing with more snow by midweek

Forecasters said a combination of heavy, wet snow with strong winds could lead to power outages for millions - a repeat of last week's nor'easter that left 2 million homes and businesses in the dark.

More than 200,000 customers in the region are without power. That should allow some of the snow to melt, though there is the possibility of another system impacting the area late this weekend.

"These storms have now become the rule rather than the exception, and they have to have the capacity to quickly restore power", he said. Low: 30. FRIDAY: A few flurries or a snow shower in the morning.

Additionally, all county offices and the Montgomery County Courthouse were closed on Wednesday.

A new round of outages is feared after the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning including up to 20 states stretching from eastern Pennsylvania to most of New England, from late Tuesday night into Thursday morning (local time). In all, total accumulations of four to six inches of snow is expected however eight or more inches of snow could fall in some localized areas, the National Weather Service said.

Flooding is expected along the coast, where that region will see mostly rain. And with this upcoming nor'easter on Wednesday, I'm growing more confident this just isn't going to be a big snowmaker for Boston and the coastal plain.

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PennDOT said while its crews have been treating roadways, the department's primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. NY state issued a travel advisory, urging drivers to avoid any unnecessary trips. The main high tide of concern will be in the pre-dawn hours early Thursday morning. Unlike the last one which featured strong damaging wind gusts as its main course, this coastal storm should have less wind, but quite a bit more snow, certainly for areas outside of the Poconos. Among those locations reporting 70-mph gusts or higher were Boston's Logan Airport (70 mph), Bayville, New York (78 mph), Cape May, New Jersey (71 mph) and Washington's Dulles Airport (71 mph). All were expected to survive.

Michael Cempa, meteorologist with the weather service, said because the storm is moving farther east and the temperature is expected to be a little colder, the snowfall totals in central ME will be closer to 1 foot, down from earlier estimates of 12 to 18 inches.

Wind gusts could reach speeds of 35-45 miles per hour and could be potentially damaging.

School districts and municipal operations from DE to CT closed.

Likewise in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay inside.


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