Heavy snow was increasing in New England and it will continue right through Friday. A strong coastal storm has been developing in the Atlantic Ocean. It will push northward, keeping the heavy snow going in New England through Friday night. Winter Storm Warnings continue from the Western Massachusetts to Northern Maine. The northern sections of the Cumberland Mountains in West Virginia and Maryland are under warnings as well. More than a foot of snow could fall in some of the warning areas. The heaviest accumulations will likely be found in the Blue Mountains of Maine.
The snow is already moving through areas of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. Some areas could see 8″ of snow. Travel on I-90 could be difficult at times as wind gusts climb above 30 mph.
New Hampshire and Maine will 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.
The first wave of energy has already been moving through the region today with a cold front that has now pushed offshore. 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.
The biggest impacts to the region will start late tonight and continue into early Saturday. The low pressure center is expected to intensify as it moves northward in the Atlantic, bringing in lots of energy and moisture. It will come ashore late tonight or tomorrow morning, somewhere in Maine. Snow will spread across most of New England, with coastal areas likely to stay warm enough to see mainly rain. The storm will push out of the area by Saturday morning as it moves into Canada.
Stay tuned to WeatherNation on-air and online at weathernationtv.com for updates on the developing coastal storm. We will live reports from the area and around-the-clock updates.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels