Northeast residents brace for a one-two punch this weekend as two winter storms threaten the area. Many residents are still cleaning up after a blizzard dumped over a foot of snow on Thursday.
Two storms will affect the northeast this weekend. The first storm will quickly skirt across the northeast through Saturday, dumping a quick 1 to 3 inches across New England and upstate New York by Saturday night. Impacts from this system will not even compare to the last storm. However, given recent cold, even a little bit of snow will be enough to quickly coat roadways.
This storm will exit the area by Saturday night and give way to a stronger, more potent storm for Sunday and Monday. Winter Storm Watches are in place for central and northern New England where 6 to 12 inches may fall, perhaps up to two feet across parts of Maine.
An area of low pressure will strengthen off the New England coastline Sunday night. This means winds will increase leading to blizzard conditions at times across eastern New England, mainly east of the I-95 corridor. Motorist traveling on I-95, and I-90 from Buffalo to Boston need to be prepared for significant travel delays. Travel will be very difficult at times and is not recommended.
The I-95 corridor from Boston to Portland and Bangor will face the brunt of the storm where whiteout conditions may occur.
This storm has the potential to dump 1 to 2 feet of snow over parts of central and northern New England. Southern New England will receive much lower amounts due to warmer air mixing in, changing snow over to a wintry mix or rain by the immediate coast.
The combination of heavy snow and gusty winds will be enough to cause power outages.