Looking Ahead To The Second Nor'easter This Month

Tonya Becker
March 9, 2018

To the north, chances of heavy snow are increasing for Tug Hill. "Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times", the weather service warning said.

An advisory for Jefferson and Lewis counties starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday and ends at 5 a.m. Saturday. "Be aware of the possibility of downed tree branches and wires". The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties from Wednesday afternoon to Friday night.

In addition to the snow, winds have gusted over 50 miles per hour from parts of Long Island into New England, with a few gusts near 60 miles per hour on Cape Cod and Nantucket, leading to hundreds of thousands of power outages across the Northeast. Some areas will get as much as 2 to 3 inches of snow an hour. Otherwise, there is very high confidence that this storm will make travel hard or almost impossible at times late Wednesday morning and into the afternoon across much of eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, basically from near Philadelphia, west and north to the NY state border and beyond.

A period of light snow will begin tonight with snow transitioning to a period of heavier snow Wednesday.

NY and surrounding states were gearing up for a second winter storm within a week on Wednesday.

A second mighty nor'easter in less than a week will soon blanket some areas of MA with more than a foot of snow, while others - especially in some areas in the eastern part of the state - will see heavy rainfall, but fewer inches.

Witnesses reported lightning and peals of thunder across the region during the snowstorm - a rare phenomenon called "thundersnow", nbcnews.com reported.

A strong storm is on track to slam the East Coast causing airline cancellations to stack up. "The snow has the potential to become very heavy with snowfall rates of 1" - 3" per hour especially in southwestern CT after 2:00 PM and across the rest of the state by the rush hour. More than 90,000 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, mostly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY.

Weather conditions for the rest of the week are expected to remain mostly clear.

A slight consolation is that the storm is not expected to bring the coastal flooding like the one last week.

Parking bans are in effect in Portland, South Portland, Biddeford, Sanford, Yarmouth, Brunswick, Auburn and Westbrook, among other towns.

The Schuylkill Expressway was shut down just west of Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, as heavy snow led to numerous vehicle accidents. This storm comes less than a week after a nor'easter left 150,000 Rhode Island electric customers in the dark.

The ground is also still saturated from the first nor'easter, that there's concern more trees could come down.

Philadelphia, New York and Boston could see fair amounts of snow, but areas inland could receive even more. Worcester could see 12 to 18 inches.

In York County, officials were keeping a close eye on coastal areas that were battered for four days during the powerful strong nor'easter last weekend. 4 PM-10 PM looks like the brunt of the storm, with heavy snow and rain falling across the CT.

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