Accuweather offers report on impending blizzard

The southern part of the storm will drench the south with beneficial rain, but also urban flooding problems and locally strong thunderstorms Wednesday night into Friday.

Long Island is a unique spot as the area will likely be far enough to the east Friday night as to enter into the 2- to 4- inch per hour snow as the storm intensifies before pulling away. If the storm manages this for a few hours, there would be not only blizzard conditions, but over a foot of snow in some areas.

The strongest winds will be blowing offshore as the storm strengthens. However, there may be some minor flooding problems along the north shore of Long Island.

The greatest risk of coastal flooding from the storm is along the east coast of New England (from Cape Cod to Boston). The high tide cycle Friday evening is likely to be the most troublesome for northern Long Island. That high tide is within a couple of days of the new moon, which is early Sunday morning.

In the central Appalachians, most areas will be south (and north) of the heavy precipitation, with a punch of dry air from the southwest being a factor, and warm enough for rain or a wintry mix for at least part of the event.

Across upstate New York and part of southern Ontario, moderate snow will fall from a substantial Alberta Clipper cruising in from the Midwest Friday into Friday night.

Enough snow to shovel and plow is likely over much of this area which can reach as far south as parts of western and northern Pennsylvania into the higher elevations of West Virginia and western Maryland.

A brief shot of blustery, seasonably cold conditions are in store for Saturday in the wake of the storm. Temperatures will moderate Sunday, setting the stage for the next storm system Monday to bring mostly rain to the region with a wintry mix over northern upstate New York and northern New England.

The atmosphere is in the process of building a pipeline of storms for the eastern part of the nation during the balance of February. Most will bring rain to the mid-Atlantic coast, but some could bring snow. Details will follow as the time draws nearer.

New York City and the northern mid-Atlantic are on the edge of a major storm that will hit New England as a blizzard Friday and Friday night.

The storm will bring at least a few inches of snow and a period of high winds from central New Jersey to the lower Hudson Valley.

Even though the area from central New Jersey to southeastern New York state will not be in the epicenter of this storm, enough snow will fall to cause travel problems and winds can be strong enough for a time to cause downed tree limbs and sporadic power outages.

Only if two storms, an Alberta Clipper from the west and a storm from the South, merge very quickly will there be more than a manageable amount of snow in New York City, northern New Jersey, southwestern Connecticut, Long Island, northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York.

According to Winter Weather Expert Rob Miller, “While this is a possibility, it would be difficult for a storm to do this without a blocking area of high pressure to the northeast.”

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