Beyond windmageddon: Potent winter storms to roar into northeastern US into mid-March
By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 04, 2018, 3:39:14 PM EST
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A couple more significant storms are likely to affect the northeastern United States into the middle of March.
While the worst of Friday's bomb cyclone, nicknamed windmageddon due to widespread damage and power outages on Friday, March 2, has ended, some impacts remain as the powerful storm churns offshore.
Coastal flooding will continue to threaten waterfront property at high tide through this weekend as large waves pound the coast.
Snow showers will drop over parts of upstate New York and New England Sunday into Sunday night as another, much weaker storm arrives and eventually interacts with the bomb cyclone.
"The stronger early March sun will make it difficult for light snow to stick to roads during the day on Sunday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "However, that can change as temperatures lower at night."
"The snow can coat more areas on Sunday night with the highest chance for that to happen from Boston to Cape Cod," she said. "Motorists may face slick patches for the Monday morning commute."
The weather pattern that helped to deliver the bomb cyclone will weaken slightly but not go away in the short term.
This pattern, known as a block, causes the routine west-to-east movement of storms to slow down. This slower speed allows the storms to strengthen in certain situations.
While the upcoming pattern will not be brutally cold, it may be just cold enough so that when storms come calling, some snow may be involved in parts of the Northeast.
Even though temperatures may peak close to average most days during the next couple of weeks, temperatures may hover near the freezing mark (32 degrees Fahrenheit) during part of the storm. The average high in New York City during early March is in the middle 40s.
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"Even though a storm will peak with heavy snow and blizzard conditions over the northern Plains on Sunday and Monday, expect that storm to turn eastward and bring some snow to the Northeast spanning March 6-7," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
"The storm during the middle of next week may regain moisture and strength as it nears the Atlantic coast," Pastelok said.
Another storm may bear watching a few days later, or around March 11-13.
The track and strength of that storm prior to the middle of the month will determine whether snow may be restricted to inland areas and the mountains as opposed to the coast.
Both storms may cause some issues with heavy rain, gusty winds and perhaps coastal flooding, along with the potential for more snow.
Some coastal communities that sustained significant damage may be vulnerable to additional storms in the coming weeks.
The same pattern bringing more storms to the Northeast will send routine bursts of cool air into the Southeast states, including Florida.
Florida is not likely to have a record warm March in the wake of the record warmth from February. At least the first half of March is likely to bring more cool days than warm days, relative to average.
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