Looking Ahead To The Second Nor'easter This Month

The main storm is still developing off North Carolina's Outer Banks, as warnings and advisories stretch from Virginia to Maine.

This week's coastal storm has the potential to bring significant snow to areas to the north and west of Philadelphia. "We're a hearty bunch, so some snow and rain isn't going to stop us".

This new storm is arriving just days after Friday's powerful nor'easter ripped through the Northeast with strong winds and heavy rain. A truck was hit by a falling tree on a Greenwich, Connecticut, highway early Wednesday evening.

With snow starting early in the northern and western parts of the region, residents there could see as much as 8-15 inches of snow.

As of 9 p.m., the region's three electric utilities reported a total of more than 27,000 outages in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties. More than 90,000 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, mostly in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and NY. The city is forecast to see between 4 to 8 inches, depending on where the snow/rain line ends up.

A National Weather Service update Wednesday morning shows a stark difference in accumulation roughly along Interstate 95, where areas west of there could see up to a foot of snow, and areas closer to the coast could see only a few inches.

The snow is expected to begin after 1 a.m. Wednesday, but will be "mostly nuisance stuff" at first, and the bulk of the snowfall will come midday to late evening Wednesday, News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said.

The area of low pressure will track off the New England coast toward eastern Maine.

Precipitation Type & Accumulations: Right now, we think most of the state gets snow with some mixing or a change to rain possible for areas in New London County.

A slight consolation is that the storm is not expected to bring the coastal flooding like the one last week. The alert - issued by the city, not the National Weather Service - means the city is preparing hundreds of salt spreaders, plows and tire chains in case they're needed.

Snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour are expected in eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey during Wednesday, especially from 11 a.m.to 7 p.m.

The Amtrak passenger train service canceled some Wednesday trains between Washington and Boston, as well as some services in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast. These areas will likely be all snow as well, but some mixing could occur in the CT river valley where warm air will persist. Wind gusts will also become less of an issue as the storm moves to the east.

This time winds will blow briskly from the northeast sustained up to 20 miles per hour with gusts as high as 30 to 40 miles per hour.

  • Leroy Wright