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Elliot Abrams

Northeast to be mainly dry and chilly through the weekend

By Elliot Abrams, AccuWeather chief meteorologist
3/08/2018, 10:35:32 AM

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1. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in the wake of the most recent Northeast storm. Always frustrating, power outages are especially challenging when it is cold outside... or hot and humid, as happens after summertime storms. The daily freeze-thaw cycle can change daytime wet areas into nighttime ice zones that all too easily lead to slips and falls.

2. This map shows the pressure pattern before daybreak:

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The coastal storm is heading to the northeast, but the low pressure area over the Great Lakes will take its drifting over to northern New England for the weekend. With that setup, the Northeast will stay cold and basically dry. Patches of snow showers will moves through this flow pattern, mostly but not exclusively affecting the Great Lakes and Appalachians.

3. This GOES-R satellite enhanced image displays the snow on the ground across the Northeast earlier today:

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4. The next two maps show the GFS ensemble mean projections for this Saturday and next Monday:

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Late night's European model run showed the Monday storm staying well south of the GFS ensemble's portrayal here. It will be interesting to see how this works out.
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