Another blast of heavy snow to slam Upstate NY to Maine
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 3:28 -
Those in the Northeast are still busy cleaning up all the snow (or still getting snowed on!) and the next storm is already taking aim. Another nor’easter is set to impact parts of New England and upstate New York with blizzard-like conditions again this week.
Snow will develop over parts of the Upper Great Lakes that will expand into parts of the Lower Great Lakes/Northeast by Wednesday morning. The snow will move into Maine on Wednesday and continuing over New England through Thursday.
The last storm – which dumped as much as two feet of snow on parts of Maine -- contributed to hundreds of vehicle crashes across New England and left at least two people dead in Massachusetts. For a full recap, see our article here.
Here are a few key points about this next storm comparing it to the last:
- Not quite as intense as the last storm
- Some areas will experience a mix of precipitation rather than all-snow
- Snowfall amounts will not be as high
- Winds will be strong but not quite as strong as the last storm
- Concern is for the additional snow and wind across areas hit hard by the last storm
Let’s break down the storm by timing and region and detail some of the points made above. This storm will be a combination of a clipper moving in from the Great Lakes regions and energy moving in from the Gulf States in the U.S. As those two pieces of energy come together, they will merge into a storm system and intensify as it moves up the east coast of the U.S. into Atlantic Canada. The storm will approach the New England region early Wednesday, moving through the Gulf of Maine overnight into Thursday.
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The snow may mix with rain along the coast on Wednesday in strong onshore flow, according to the National Weather Service. Otherwise, moderate to heavy snow accumulations are possible across mainly western Maine, though parts of central and northern New Hampshire may also receive moderate to heavy amounts. Lighter snow is expected over southern New Hampshire.
For Massachusetts, light snow of up to an inch is forecast mainly across the Route 2 corridor, with higher amounts up to 2 inches for far N Essex County, MA. The latest forecast model (as of Tuesday afternoon) kept south and east locations as rain with north and west areas as wet snow for the The Bay State.
This will also add to the running total that has seen many areas receive nearly three feet of snow in the last week. The weight of the recent snowfall may become problematic for some rooftops, caution forecasters. Another important factor residents should be mindful of is the heavy wet snow near the coastline, which may lead to isolated power outages if snowfall starts to bring down tree limbs.
Accumulations of 6 inches or more are possible within the watch area. Isolated amounts near 12 inches possible in a narrow band over western Maine and upstate New York. Winter Storm Warnings are in effect.
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