Another East Coast storm may be in the works for next week, and it would threaten to add to the misery of those still dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Concern continues to grow that a storm will take shape along the Southeast coastline on Election Day before traversing the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts next Wednesday and Thursday.
Such a storm would be accompanied by rain, some wind and the possibility of snow over a part of the Northeast's interior.
The storm will not be tropical in nature, instead evolving into a more typical potent November storm for the East Coast. In the absence of Sandy, next week's storm would be making headlines for its potential nuisance to residents and travel disruptions.
The storm now brings added concerns since it threatens to impact the same places devastated by Sandy with the severity of those impacts dependent on the storm's exact track.
The worst case scenario for Sandy-ravaged areas next week would unfold if the storm rapidly intensifies along the mid-Atlantic coast.
Coastal communities from Virginia northward would be subject to strong onshore winds for about 12 to 18 hours. The tide would then come up a bit, potentially leading to additional beach erosion and moderate to severee overwash in unprotected areas.
The strength of the winds alone along the coast could reverse the work done by utility crews and cause some more damage--again, not to the extent of Hurricane Sandy.
The wind could blow around debris and structural items, such as siding, that were loosened by Sandy. Trees weakened during the hurricane may also succumb to the winds.
Above is a possible scenario for the upcoming storm. Less of the Northeast would be impacted if the storm tracks farther offshore.
Winds will become less of a concern along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts if the storm intensifies farther offshore and takes aim at the Canadian Maritimes--a possibility AccuWeather.com meteorologists are considering.
The storm track will also determine how much of the East Coast receives rain, which should not lead to widespread flooding regardless of where it falls but may cause problems in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
At the very least, any rain will likely be an unwelcome sight to those wishing for a stretch of sunny weather to continue cleanup operations.
The quicker the storm intensifies along the East Coast, the farther to the south and east snow will develop over the Northeast's interior. Significant snowfall would unfold if the storm develops to its full potential.
However, the storm should not track far enough to the west to return snow to the mountains of West Virginia and the rest of the spine of the Appalachians.
Residents along the East Coast should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as we continue to monitor the upcoming storm and refine its details.
"In the meantime, the chill [in the Northeast] will stick around into the weekend with bouts of wind," stated Sosnowski.
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This week, rounds of snow, rain and ice pummeled areas from Oklahoma City to Boston, creating treacherous travel conditions and causing widespread power outages in the tens of thousands across the country.
After nearly 9 feet of snow this winter for the Boston area, many residents are trying to make the best of the snow-clogged conditions.
Heavy rain will soak the Gulf Coast and expand into the Southeast early this week, perhaps bringing isolated flooding but also helping to battle the drought.
As arctic air is held at bay next week, warmth will build from the West to the Central states, while the temperatures rebound to seasonable levels in the Northeast.
Interstate 64 was closed between Reidland and Cadiz, Kentucky, due to heavy snowfall. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear activated the Kentucky National Guard to assist stranded motorists.
An upcoming thaw will raise concerns for flooding and ice jams in parts of the Midwest and East through the middle of March.
Milton Exp. Station, FL (1954)
4" of snow, greatest 24 hour snowfall in state history, also greatest single storm total.
Pensacola, FL (1954)
2.1" of snow, greatest 24 hour snowfall in city's history, also greatest single storm total.
East Coast (1962)
Great Atlantic Coast Storm caused over $200 million damage from New England to Florida. Major shoreline erosion from Long Island to North Carolina from 40 foot waves, 70 mph winds. Deep snow piled up in Virginia Mountains. Big Meadows/Blue Ridge Mts. (6th-7th) had 42.0" of snow, greatest 24 hour snowfall.