Twin Storms Threaten Weekend Snow For East Coast

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

North-east braces for weekend winter storm with messy mix along I-95.

A messy mix of rain, snow and sleet is bearing down on the north-eastern US, in what forecasters are calling the Interstate 95 corridor’s first brush with a significant winter storm this season.BOSTON (CBS) – It won’t be a blockbuster storm by New England standards, but it WILL be the biggest event of the season thus far for many folks, especially north and west of Boston.The large cities along the East Coast, including New York, will get a slushy mix of precipitation from a fast-moving storm that will bring heavier snow and ice into interior locations from the mountains of Virginia to New England. The National Weather Service said the exact track of the storm was unclear, but some areas could expect up to 8in or more of snow, and even those that don’t get much may experience dangerous road conditions.

The temperatures are going to be very marginal at multiple levels of the atmosphere, so a degree or two here or there could mean the difference of several inches of snow versus a mix and rain. But 8 inches to a foot of snow could fall northwest of Route 128. “There is a pretty sharp cutoff of where mixing will occur, once you go west of Boston toward central Massachusetts,” he said. “In the areas where there will be heavy wet snow, there could be pockets of isolated power outages.” The storm is expected to be the first major snowfall of the winter.

As has been the case with most of our storms so far this winter, there is no real significant source of cold air in place, no cold high pressure anchored in Canada. She said the storm’s impact would be felt especially in the morning. “There will be a lot of that accumulation then, and then rain will come and wash it all away,” Meola said. But he said one big storm can bring the numbers right back up to where they would normally be for this time of year. “Temperatures will range from 18 degrees in the suburbs to 29 in Boston as the snow is arriving,” he said. “They will range from 32 to 36 degrees for highs during the day tomorrow.” There will likely be a quick burst of snow on the front end of this storm, so nearly everyone will see snow at the start with the exception of the Cape and Islands.

Winds will begin to veer to a more north-northwest direction, drawing in colder air and changing any rain and mix over to all snow from north to south.

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