Wet Snow, Slush NYC, New Jersey to Boston Friday

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
March 08, 2013; 8:39 PM
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A storm hovering offshore will continue to throw, wind, rain, wet snow and coastal problems at areas from New Jersey to New England. The snow will not wind down until the afternoon.

The combination of wind and wet snow in some areas will lead to downed tree limbs and power outages. Peak gusts in southeastern New England and on Long Island will range between 50 and 60 mph into Friday. Gusty winds will also continue along the New Jersey coast and around New York City, causing a plastering effect of the snow.

Road conditions will vary from wet to slushy to snow covered from neighborhood to neighborhood and during different times of the day. As the sun climbs higher in the sky, behind the clouds and snow, enough energy will filter through to turn snow covered roads slushy and slushy roads wet. In some cases the snow will turn to rain before the storm abates due to the March sun.

There can be a coating of slush in spots as far southwest as the Philadelphia area into Friday morning. Snow accumulations will vary greatly from road surfaces to grassy areas and cannot be accurately displayed on a map like this.

The storm which has gone through multiple strengthening and weakening phases, causing the precipitation area to wobble around will strengthen one last time into Friday morning as a disturbance is drawn in from the west. Marginal temperatures will also play a role in causing part of the storm to be rain and some of the snow that falls to melt on roads for a time.

The storm will track northeastward enough and pause long enough, before turning out to sea to throw precipitation farther north. This track favors substantial snow accumulation from the suburbs of New York City, Hartford, Boston, Providence, R.I., Portsmouth, N.H., Portland, Maine, Albany, N.Y. and close to Burlington, Vt. The greatest snowfall, a foot or more, will fall on the higher elevations of central and western Massachusetts and will include part of the Berkshires and the southern part of the Green and White mountains of Vermont/New Hampshire, the Catskills and the hills of northern New Jersey.

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Marginal temperatures will limit snowfall accumulation to areas of slush around the five boroughs of New York, cities just across the Hudson River in northern New Jersey and areas east through Long Island.

The area of snow (and rain) will retreat to the southeast Friday afternoon. The bulk of the precipitation will be offshore by Friday night.

Please continue reading below for more information on the storm.

The risk of significant coastal flooding and beach erosion will continue from northern New Jersey to eastern New England through Friday, especially during the high tide cycles.

However, just as AccuWeather.com has been stating farther south in the mid-Atlantic, the storm will not hit during a period of high astronomical tides. The storm is hitting about halfway between the new and full moon. So while coastal flooding will continue to be significant, it could be worse.

Since the storm will be exiting slowly to the east, a couple of days of slowly diminishing northeasterly winds may follow the storm.

This flow could be at a favorable angle to keep water levels running above normal into Saturday with ongoing minor beach erosion and very rough seas offshore. The pattern would break down several days before the new moon next week.

This story was published at 10:00 a.m. EST, Monday, March 4, 2013, and has been updated most recently at noon on Friday, March 8.


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