A nor’easter winter storm is possibly on its way while near-freezing temps add to Sandy misery
With 3.7 million homes and businesses still without power, and with lows this weekend set to dip into the 30s, a nor’easter winter storm is possibly on its way.
In a Friday morning update, the National Weather Service’s prediction center cited the “potential for a nor’easter along the Atlantic Coast next Wednesday and Thursday.”
The system wouldn’t be another Sandy, but it could build off North Carolina next Tuesday, then move up the coast and affect New Jersey, Long Island and other hard-hit areas by Wednesday.
“The possible storm next week is not of the same make up as Sandy,” prediction center forecaster Jim Cisco told NBC News, “though any more rain, snow or wind would certainly pose exacerbating effects on the impacted regions.”
“This is just what we don’t need,” said NBC News meteorologist Al Roker. “…the potential for one to two more inches of rain … and wet snow inland just along the New York/New Jersey border … We’re talking about wet snow mixing in.”
“It’s not definite,” he emphasized, but two key models used by weather forecasters are in agreement “that this is going to happen. It’s just a matter of how strong this system is going to be.”
Here’s the NOAA forecast:
POTENTIAL FOR SLOW-MOVING NOR’EASTER ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST NEXT WEEK
NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD … FRI NOV 02 2012
THE PATTERN ACROSS THE UNITED STATES NEXT WEEK WILL NOT BE FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT FROM THIS WEEK, WITH THE EXCEPTION THAT ARCTIC AIR WILL WEDGE INTO THE NORTHERN ROCKIES BY DAY 7.
THE EAST COAST WILL STILL BE THE BREEDING GROUND FOR LARGE STORMS, WITH ENERGY SWIRLING TOGETHER BY LATE TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY TO CREATE ANOTHER COASTAL CYCLONE, ALBEIT A TAMER VERSION THAN THIS WEEK’S.
STILL, MORE HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY PRECIPITATION ANYWHERE ALONG THE RECENT TRACK OF SANDY AND ITS POST-TROPICAL CIRCULATION WOULD IMPACT RECOVERY EFFORTS AND EXACERBATE THE ALREADY STRESSED COASTLINE, RIVERS, TREES, AND POWER GRIDS.