More Snow to Smack DC, Philly, NYC and Boston
By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
February 13, 2014, 11:54:29 PM EST
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Even though snow tapered off or changed to rain in parts of the Northeast Thursday afternoon, more snow is coming from the nor'easter.
Some locations may even experience thunder and lightning with the last batch of snow from the storm.
A storm that brought heavy ice and snow to the interior South at midweek has wasted no time clobbering the Northeast on Thursday with heavy snow, wintry mix, gusty winds and disruptions to travel and daily activities.
A push of warmer air from the ocean changed snow to rain along part of the I-95 corridor Thursday morning. A push of dry air from the south managed to shut down snow, ice and rain for a time Thursday afternoon. However, more snow is forecast to pivot across the I-95 mid-Atlantic Thursday night.
@stephblackbird tweeted: "YIKES!!! This storm looks like a DOOZY! Stay safe and warm my friends on the East coast!"
The snow will roll from southwest to northeast, bringing an accumulation of a couple of inches to some coastal areas, but perhaps as much as a fresh 6 inches of so to areas north and west of I-95.
The snow can cover up roads and sidewalks that had been cleared off Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, heavy snow will continue to push northward into eastern upstate New York and New England, where the bulk of the storm is yet to come Thursday night.
Thousands of flight delays and cancellations occurred well away from the storm, due to aircraft and crews being displaced at southern hubs on Wednesday. These delays and cancelations continued Thursday. More than 5,600 flights were canceled into or out of the United States Thursday with at least 1,100 other flights delayed.
The storm has delivered up to about 18 inches of snow on parts of the central Appalachians and interior mid-Atlantic thus far. Philadelphia now has at least a top-five winter in terms of snowfall.
With the snow that has already fallen and the additional snow coming Thursday night, travel will remain difficult and dangerous in many areas of the Northeast.
According to Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity, "In some areas from parts of Virginia northeastward to New England, it may seem like a blizzard at times."
As the storm strengthens into Thursday night, enough onshore wind may be generated to cause minor flooding at times of high tide from the Delmarva Peninsula to Maine.
The highest astronomical tides typically occur a day or so before the full moon, which happens to be on Friday, Valentine's Day. Water levels are likely to run about 2 feet above published levels from New Jersey on to the north.
There is the possibility of the power being knocked out in some of the same communities that were hit a week earlier.
For folks looking for a break in the cold, wintry pattern, a change to warmer weather is possible beginning around Feb. 17 or 18 and may continue through much of the rest of the month. The amount of flooding, if any, will depend on how quickly snow melts over the region and whether or not heavy rain accompanies the thaw.
Prior to the warmup next week, another storm with snow will swing from the Central states on Friday to the mid-Atlantic and New England coast by Saturday.
That storm could strengthen rapidly near Cape Cod, Mass., and could bring near-blizzard conditions to part of southeastern New England and the Maritimes.
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