Accuweather says expect more snow before New Year’s

December 27, 2012

AccuWeather reports a new storm is in the works for portions of New England, the mid-Atlantic and the Ohio Valley hit by the storm just after Christmas.

The new storm will bring more snow to areas that received snow from the post-Christmas storm and will bring snow to some areas that got rain or mostly rain.

There is also the potential for the storm to strengthen to a strong nor’easter or blizzard in portions of New England and the Maritimes.

For severe-weather-weary folks in the South, the storm will not bring a major outbreak of damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes.

A light to moderate snowfall is forecast by AccuWeather.com meteorologists from portions of the Ohio Valley late Friday into early Saturday and then the central Appalachians and the I-95 mid-Atlantic Saturday into Saturday evening.

The cities of Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati, Huntington, W.Va., Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City are projected to receive a general 1 to 3 inches of snow.

However, while the storm will stay relatively mild-mannered while tracking eastward over the interior United States, it will strengthen upon nearing the Atlantic Ocean and take a northward turn.

How quickly this strengthening occurs will determine how heavy the snow, wind, seas and tides become over New England and part of Atlantic Canada spanning Saturday night into Sunday.

There is the potential for the snow and wind to ramp quickly just east of New York City (Long Island and Connecticut) through eastern New England.

According to Canada Weather Expert Brett Anderson, “An all-out blizzard appears likely over portions of the Maritime Provinces on Sunday.”

If the storm develops to its full potential some of these eastern areas could be walloped by a foot (30 centimeters) or more of wind-driven snow and gales that make for not only an angry sea, but the potential for power outages and coastal flooding.

Since the storm will be relatively weak traversing much of the U.S. it is unlikely to throw much snow over the Great Lakes, northern and western upstate New York and northwestern New England.

Even though it will be a colder storm for part of the I-95 corridor in the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, rain is still forecast for much of North Carolina, southeastern Virginia and the lower part of the Delmarva Peninsula.

By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

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