Here Comes More Snow, From Deep South to New England.
Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect from the Deep South to New England for another significant winter storm system, one that will spread snow, sleet, rain and strong thunderstorms along its path during the next couple of days.
Snow amounts might reach a foot in the hardest-hit areas in the mountains of West Virginia, northwestern New Jersey, southeastern New York and southern and eastern parts of New England, including Boston, Hartford and Providence. The major cities farther to the south along the Eastern Seaboard will be spared the highest accumulation of snow, but even there, snow and ice are likely to produce travel delays by the time the storm winds down.
A number of storms this winter have brought the worst conditions to the Eastern Seaboard, but a slightly more inland track, combined with milder air from the south and east, will shift the focus of the current storm farther inland, except across New England, where enough cold air is expected to remain in place to result in mainly snow.The accumulating snow will begin as far south as northern Mississippi, northern Alabama and much of Tennessee this afternoon and tonight as cold air pours into the ongoing storm. Rain will change to heavy, wet snow, accumulating as much as a few inches.
The storm will ride northward through the mid-Atlantic region on Wednesday and through New England from Wednesday night through Thursday.
Washington, D.C., New York City and even most likely Philadelphia will experience a complete changeover to rain, with sleet and rain possibly mixing with the snow in Boston for a time. Regardless, the National Weather Service is forecasting 8 to 12 inches of snow in Boston.For New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, the rain will change back to snow before the storm ends Wednesday night or Thursday, resulting in slippery roads. Any accumulation of snow will be light as far south as Washington, but a few inches of snow could quickly pile up in New York City.
The heaviest snow will occur where it will remain cold enough for snow during the entire event, and the combination of snow and wind will be fairly intense from northwestern New Jersey to eastern Maine as the storm begins to intensify on its northeastward track.
Along the Gulf Coast, the storm system will bring much-needed rain in the form of showers and thunderstorms. The thunderstorms, however, have the potential to produce damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, mainly across Florida this afternoon and tonight.
While a northwesterly wind following the storm will bring colder air into the Northeast and mid-Atlantic during the latter part of this week, it will not be as bitterly cold as it was last weekend through Monday, when numerous locations had low temperatures well below zero.
However, another bitter blast of Arctic air is likely to arrive during the first part of next week.