Blizzard ended region’s snow drought, says Accuweather

Weak and/or flat roofs could collapse under the weight of the snow, which could be greatly uneven due to drifting.

The hardest-hit areas are likely to include Hartford and Providence to Boston, Worcester, Concord, Portsmouth and Portland. The worst of the storm will hit coastal areas of northern New England and southern Nova Scotia later Friday night into Saturday.

Coastal flooding is forecast with this storm in eastern Massachusetts and to some extent along the northern shore of Long Island with minor coastal flooding for a brief time along part of the New Jersey coast.

The period of strong northeast winds will occur within a couple of days of the new moon and high astronomical tides. Water levels averaging up to 4 feet above published values are likely along the Massachusetts eastern shoreline. The worst coastal flooding conditions will occur during the high tide cycle during the middle of Friday night and during the midday hours Saturday.

Warm air has played its roll around New York City, as expected, resulting in rain or a wintry mix during part of the storm.

Heavy wet snow wrap can still around into New York City for an extended period Friday night, bringing a foot of the white stuff. Even without complete phasing of the storms until later Friday night, New York City and Long Island will get significant snow. Portions of Long Island could experience blizzard conditions for a time Friday night.

According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, “A fresh injection of arctic air will fuel the blizzard over New England.”

The colder air will cause rain to change to snow on Cape Cod and Long Island, as well as cause wet snow to become more dry and powdery with time over southern New England, making it subject to tremendous blowing and drifting in most areas.

Snow from the Alberta Clipper part of the storm will still deliver plenty of snow to shovel and plow over much of upstate New York, as well as hinder travel.

A separate story on the impact of the Alberta Clipper around the Great Lakes is now available on AccuWeather.com.

On a brighter note, for those who were able to “get out of Dodge” early on Friday ahead of the worst of the storm, it will be a great weekend for skiing. Hopefully, the roads will be cleared by the time they get back next week.

By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

 

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