The new storm, which is forecast to bring winter weather from western North Carolina to MA, will likely cause problems for Amtrak and airlines. Two sets of impacts.
- Someone forgot to tell the weather that Spring starts on Tuesday. But no matter where you live, be prepared for a very busy and very wintry 48-hour period of weather. "We're going to have to flip the calendar into April".
In a updated forecast Monday afternoon, meteorologists said the coastal storm's track had shifted, further increasing the chances it would affect Southern New England. That's the cue I was waiting for, to bump snow totals both upward and northward. Another model is in the middle, but pretty much suggesting minor impact, forecasters said.
In addition to the snow, tides up to 2 ½ feet astronomically higher than usual are expected at high tide early Wednesday morning. That will be especially true for paved surfaces treated with salt/brine. According to the service, the region could some light snowfall overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning, but that the heavier snowfall isn't expected to begin until Wednesday afternoon or evening. Teal=Winter Storm Watch, Purple=Winter Weather Advisory.
The Cecil County Department of Emergency Services warned residents Monday afternoon that travel will be hazardous at times, particularly during the Tuesday night commute and urged those who don't have to be out to stay off the roads. "We have seen snow after March 20 in four of the past five years".
Plan for hard travel conditions, especially during the evening commute on Wednesday with possible reductions in visibility.
It's a system we've been tracking for the last several days.
MA will likely get slammed by yet another nor'easter - the fourth this month - starting Wednesday and lasting into early Thursday. But don't get too hopeful, snow-haters: Forecasters note there is a 90 percent chance for higher snowfall totals than the estimates on the lower-end prediction map.