Nor'easter brings life-threatening surf, rain & snow to East
Friday, March 2, 2018, 10:33 - We may be on the cusp of spring, but winter is definitely reminding the Northeast that it's not quite finished with us yet.
Heavy snow, hurricane-force wind gusts and high tides with extensive storm surge flooding are all underway along parts of the Atlantic Coast, with the heaviest snow expected for areas stretching from the Great Lakes into northern New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic through Saturday. Elsewhere, heavy rain could lead to flooding. More on totals, below.
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Click play to watch below: Storm track and timing
Damaging winds and power outages
The low, which formed over the Ohio Valley, continued to strengthen through Friday morning as it moved off the Northeast coast. Parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic were already seeing winds up to 50 mph Friday morning, with the low still expected to strengthen further. Widespread high wind speeds will persist through the Friday afternoon hours Friday as the system moves offshore the East Coast.
This Nor'easter will bring some of the highest swells in a decade to the coast of the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Friday (see forecast track in video above).
Wind gusts 60 to 70 mph for Eastern Long Island and New London CT, 45 to 55 mph elsewhere, according to the NWS. Strongest winds are expected Friday afternoon through Friday night.
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Coastal erosion, flooding
The storm coincides with a full moon - which will help boost high tide on the Northeast coast. Residents along the coast will want to plan ahead in case of basement/road flooding. People should have enough food, water and medication to last for at least three days.
Numerous warnings are in affect for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, including: Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings and High Wind Warnings. Snow and rain will taper off by late Friday/Saturday morning as the system tracks further out into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Snowfall for Midwest, Ohio Valley into Northeast
The heaviest snow expected over the higher elevations of the Great Lakes, Ohio valley, and Northeast (Upstate New York through Northern New England). Some models indicate the potential for localized areas receiving amounts of 1 to 2 feet of snow in a 24-hour period (by Friday night). Folks will want to prepare in advance in case of flight cancelations and road travel delays Thursday and Friday.
"Widespread snow, rain and strong winds developed overnight as a winter storm rapidly developed over the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic regions. Heavy snow across portions of New York have already exceed a foot in a few locations with more forecast today," says the National Weather Service in a statement.
Watch below: Snowfall amounts and timing, outlined below.
Rainfall from Southeast into Mid-Atlantic
Heavy rain is expected for southern New England, especially for coastal areas from New Jersey to eastern Massachusetts.
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The rain ends over the Maine Coast while lingering over Southern New England into the Northern Mid-Atlantic Coast by Friday evening.
Inland flooding from the excessive rainfall and coastal flooding from high seas/storm surge will impact much of the area from New Jersey to Massachusetts.
Winter isn't over
According to Dr. Doug Gillham, this may not be the last of snow this month.
"A few high-impact winter storms are likely [in March], including the threat for a Nor’easter or two along the Eastern Seaboard," cautions Gillham in the Official 2018 Spring Forecast.
"Once we get into April, a more consistent warm pattern will become established but colder weather will still fight back at times along the northern tier of the country."
Source: National Weather Service