by Meteorologist Postle
Another Nature Will Provide Several Chances Of Snow During The First Half Of The Week. Cold Air Blitz During By The Weekend…
Discussion: A strong coastal area of low pressure currently off the coast of the Carolinas will continue to move to the north and east. This low will threaten New England with bands of moderate to heavy snow. With a strong ridge of high pressure to the north of Quebec, this will help form a strong pressure gradient over the region. Expect strong wind gusts over the region, especially along the coast. Also, colder air will be pushed into the area allowing for good snow ratios to occur.
As the low moves off to the northeast, our attention turns to a weak area of low pressure (weak Alberta Clipper) over the Great Lakes. Shortly after, a coastal area of low pressure will form as energy is transferred from the weak clipper to the coastal low. As of now, the coastal area of low pressure looks weak and could bring some light snowfall to the area late Tuesday into Wednesday.
Beginning on Thursday, a series of cold fronts will move through the region. Behind these fronts, the coldest air of the season will move in through Presidents Day Weekend.
Alerts: The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 4 AM Monday through 7 AM Tuesday. Hazardous travel is expected.
Snowfall Totals: 6-12 inches
Impacts: The timing of the snow will begin to wreck havoc on the Monday morning commute. This will likely result in school and local business cancellations. With the snow not expected to stop till late Monday evening-early Tuesday morning, the evening commute will likely be messy also. On top of the snow, wind gusts of up to 45 mph are possible. With a lot of the tree branches weakened and damaged during the last storm, this could result in increased power outages.
Note: Any deviation in the storm track to the north or south can still alter the snowfall amounts with where the heavy snow bands set up. As always, stay tuned for more updates. If anyone has any weather related questions or concerns, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org