Winter Weather Advisories for first day of Spring
- Author: Ryan Wade Mar 20, 2018,
Mar 20, 2018, 4:23
A series of late winter storms will continue on the first day of spring in the East as snow and rain pelt the region on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Heavy mixed precipitation is possible with total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are possible. Heavy wet snow combined with gusty northeast winds may result in down tree branches and limbs with possible power outages.
Motorists should plan on hard travel conditions with the possibility of significant reductions in visibility, according to a weather service statement.
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Freezing rain and sleet could mix in with the snow when it starts Tuesday evening, according to the weather service.
Peak snowfall is expected between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday. The National Weather Service also released maps showing expected, high and low potential for the storm.
In fact, the forecast through next Sunday is for temperatures to not get above 45 degrees on any one day.
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Unlike the snowstorms that passed over ME on March 8 and on March 13 and 14, the approaching storm is not expected to leave behind a large amount of snow.
Any chance of accumulating snow will likely be elevation driven in places such as Roanoke and Harrisonburg, Virginia. This high pressure system is there for much of the winter and, rather than move eastward as most weather systems do, it moves north and south.
However, strong winds are possible, along the coast from New England to the mid-Atlantic coast, with the possibility of flooding in some areas. On Monday afternoon, forecast models converged to put New Jersey in the "sweet spot" of snow accumulation. "Any mesoscale convective snow bands will be capable of pushing snowfall rates over 1-2" per hour.
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