Unfortunately the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states will probably be hit again by a storm this week.
Most of the latest forecast models agree that a strong storm will move north-northeast along, or just off the coast during the second half of the week. Here’s where this afternoon’s European model forecasts the storm’s position to be on Thursday morning:
So how will this storm affect the East Coast? This depends a lot on how close the core of the storm is to the coast. Some models, but not the very best ones, keep the storm well offshore. If that’s the case its effects will be quite modest.
However, assuming a track close to the coast, the storm’s effects should be felt on Wednesday and Thursday, and according to the National Weather Service, the Nor’easter will primarily produce the following:
Winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. Winds will be highest in coastal areas.
- Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible along Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. Astronomical tides will, fortunately, be lower than during Sandy.
- Wet snow is possible in interior areas from Pennsylvania to Maine, especially at elevation, and accumulating snowfall could break weakened tree limbs.
- Heavy rainfall is possible in coastal areas, exacerbating flooding caused by Sandy.
- The storm should pull away from the northeastern United States by Thursday night, with fair and cool conditions on Friday.
The good news, if there is any, is that the storm should not affect weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states on Election Day.