Parts of New England will see lots of snow as a strong coastal low moves northward through the Atlantic Ocean Thursday and Friday. A foot or more is possible in areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. Winter Storm Warnings stretch from the Berkshire Mountains to the Blue Mountains.
The snow will affect areas of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts first, with the potential for 8″ of snow. Travel on I-90 could be difficult Thursday afternoon and evening as wind gusts climb above 30 mph.
New Hampshire and Maine will likely see higher snowfall amounts, making travel treacherous. A brief mix of sleet and freezing rain before the heavy snow could make roads extra slippery. The strong winds will produce blowing snow, reducing visibility to near zero at times.
Heavy lake effect snow bands will develop over Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. High moisture and cold air sweeping across the lakes will help to enhance snow totals downstream in the lake belts. More than a foot is possible.
Lake effect snow continues this morning before ending this afternoon. The lake effect snow advisory continues until 1…
The first wave of energy will move through the region Thursday morning into the midday with a cold front. Light to moderate snows will spread across New York and the Appalachian Mountains. More than 6″ of snow could fall in the mountains of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
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The low pressure center is expected to intensify as it moves northward in the Atlantic, bringing in lots of energy and moisture. Snow will spread across most of New England, with coastal areas likely to stay warm enough to see mainly rain. The storm will move out of the area by Saturday morning.
Stay tuned to WeatherNation on-air and online at weathernationtv.com for updates on the developing coastal storm.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels