Weather Authority: Nor'easter to bring heavy snow

Rosalie Gross
March 9, 2018

The new winter storm follows a brutal nor'easter storm, dubbed Winter Storm Riley that hit the Great Plains and the East Coast over the weekend, leading to hundreds of flight cancelations, some two million homes and businesses left without power, and severe flooding across states like MA and North Carolina. Rain in Boston will shift to snow between 6 and 8 p.m., according to Epstein, with the transition in Newton and Needham happening closer to 6 and getting to Logan Airport around 8 p.m. The strongest gusts from Quinn are expected near and just inland along the immediate coastline from the Jersey Shore to coastal New England.

When you've been forecasting storms for a long time, you kind of get a gut feeling for those storms that are going to produce a lot of snow and those that aren't. The heavy wet snow combined with the strong winds are likely to cause power outages. "People on the coast and with travel interests in the Northeast should monitor the progress of the potential storm".

Parts of western and northern New England could be hit with between one and two feet of snow.

More power outages are expected.

Another area of lingering snow is expected in parts of Lower Michigan and OH into western and northern NY, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Bands of very heavy snow with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are likely, especially across far eastern Pennsylvania and much of northern New Jersey. Thereafter, communities will need Wednesday night and Thursday morning to dig out.

A less intense and more progressive low, along with lower astronomical tides, should prevent coastal flooding from reaching the levels we saw during Winter Storm Riley.

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Forecasters said to expect rain and snow across the state as the storm approaches.

"The heaviest stuff [in Boston] really arrives after 8 p.m. tonight, when it should be snowing at 1 to 2 inches per hour", Epstein said. In New York City, the Emergency Management Department issued a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday as well.

Amtrak said it was cancelling some train services today, and regional rail trains in Philadelphia will operate on a weekend schedule. Some areas to the south may just see a coating.

Additionally, one person was killed in Suffern, New York, after a tree collapsed on top of them, News 12 Westchester reported.

With the region still dealing with the fallout of Friday's "bomb" cyclone, meteorologists warn that a risky sequel is brewing for Wednesday, with up to 10 inches of wet, weighty snow, wind gusts to 40 miles per hour and fresh rounds of power outages.

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