The ingredients are coming together for a disruptive coastal storm impacting the East Coast on the busiest travel day of the year. It’s a storm system that could lead to delays from Florida to New England as low pressure tracks up the east coast. For New England, the exact track of the storm will determine “how much” and “who” sees snow (vs rain). As of this morning, we have the highest confidence in a plow-able snow across interior CT into Central and Western MA. That’s were a “Winter Storm Watch” has been issued. A “Watch” means there is the potential for 6″ or more of snow.
There are still some details to be worked out… however, a “miss” is looking unlikely at this point, so people with plans to travel on Wednesday are urged to stay up to date with the forecast.
TIMING: Rain will start to move into DC by 7am, and reach the southern New England coast by 10am, with steadier and heavier rain and snow by early afternoon. Travel conditions in and around New England should be “ok”-though not perfect in the morning and early afternoon and deteriorate after 3pm. The height of the storm in New England is from 7pm the evening until 5am Thanksgiving morning. There may be some lingering lighter snow showers on Thanksgiving morning, but the worst will be over.
PRECIPITATION TYPE: Very tricky with this storm. Again, the highest confidence of mainly snow will be in western MA and CT, through interior parts of PA/NY, VT and NH. Across southeastern New England a combination of rain/snow and sleet looks likely with some accumulations possible.
Near the RI coast east to Cape Cod and the Island, it looks like the precipitation will fall mainly as rain, with little to no accumulations possible. Subtle shifts in the track will bring more or less snow into our area. As of this morning, there were still a lot of uncertainties with the track, so it’s too early to say how much snow will fall. Areas north and west of I-295 have the best shot at enough snow to plow and shovel.
WIND: Wind will also be an issue with this storm with strengthening northeast and north winds through the day Wednesday into Wednesday night. Gusts over 35mph are possible and a high wind advisory or warning may be issued.
Please continue to check back in for updates.