Storm may return rain, interior snow to northeastern US by midweek
By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
February 29, 2016, 4:13:35 AM EST
A new storm will target the eastern United States with more rain and thunderstorms to start March, along with the potential for snow in the interior Northeast.
February will end with an Alberta Clipper spreading disruptive snow from the upper Great Lakes to the interior of northern New England Sunday into Monday. At most, spotty showers will dot the Eastern Seaboard.
That will not be the case when a strengthening storm from the central United States tracks eastward for the start of March.
“The East Coast may have to deal with another round of stormy weather by the middle of this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.
The storm will be complete with snow on its northern and western fringe, rain and thunderstorms to the south and east of its center and a wintry mix in between. A period of ice could also occur along the rain/snow boundary.
The precise track of the storm will determine the type of weather for a given community, some of which that are still cleaning up from the damaging thunderstorms from last week.
A track over or just west of the eastern Great Lakes would lead to mostly rain ending as some snow for Erie, Pennsylvania; Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, and Burlington, Vermont. The combination of the snow and plunging temperatures on the storm’s backside will create slick travel.
On the other hand, more substantial snow and travel disruptions will unfold in these areas if the storm path is over the interior Northeast.
A track farther east of the Appalachian Mountains could bring the storm’s snow over more of the interior Northeast and closer to the suburbs of the I-95 corridor.
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Odds currently favor rain in the major cities of the I-95 corridor. While not as disruptive as snow, slower travel may still result due to reduced visibility and wet roads.
Any downpours will further heighten the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds.
Thunderstorms could even rumble across the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. However, the strength and timing of the system will likely limit the threat for severe weather.
A greater danger of severe weather will evolve on Tuesday and Tuesday night from Arkansas and eastern Texas to Tennessee and Georgia.
Even in the absence of thunderstorms, a gusty southerly wind will develop ahead of the cold front across the Eastern Seaboard. The wind will create inconveniences for those holding umbrellas but should fall short of causing damage.
Places that escape the snow from the storm will still experience a turn to colder weather for the second half of the week.
“Then the harsh reality of the fact that it is not spring becomes apparent,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.
Brisk winds should create even lower AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
As the colder air returns, snow showers will evolve farther down the spine of the Appalachian Mountains for a time and lead to slick travel.
In the wake of this storm, attention will then turn toward another winter storm that could bring more snow to a part of the Eastern Seaboard later next week.
Residents of the East should continue to check back with AccuWeather as more details on both storms next week unfold.
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