Another Storm May Target Sandy-Ravaged East Coast
By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
November 06, 2012, 12:18:29 AM EST
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.
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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