Northeast Braces for Anticipated Blizzard

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By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

Road Warriors traveling the Northeast corridor this coming week will want to keep an eye on a blizzard taking shape and impacting the area, mostly from New Jersey and points north. A late winter, mid-March storm is reminding us all that Mother Nature is not leaving without her winter calling card.

Most of the northeast, from Washington to the Tri state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and for good measure, we will throw in eastern Pennsylvania, have had a mild winter, above average temperatures, and below average snowfall.

As my father once taught me, anything good comes with a price.

If she has her way with us, Winter Storm Stella will leave her calling card in feet not inches, that according to the weather gurus at The Weather Channel.

Winter Storm Stella will hammer the Northeast early this week with possible blizzard conditions, and could bring the season's biggest snowfall to parts of the Interstate 95 corridor. Stella will also deliver a swath of snow to the Midwest through Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch from New York City and Long Island to southern Connecticut, southern Rhode Island, and portions of southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston. 

Winter storm warnings have also been issued across other parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.

Storm totals of a foot or more are likely in parts of the Northeast region, which will heavily impact travel. Strong winds could cause tree damage and power outages in the Northeast as well.

For those of you, like myself, who despise snow and everything about winter, break out the rabbit’s foot, the Ouija Board and anything else that has any luck or magical powers. Folks in the storm's projected path have been down this road before, only to have the storm shift and be nothing more than media hype with embarrassed weather people.

Perhaps the witches that gathered outside Trump Tower to cast a spell on him can help us out.

Heavy snowfall accumulations are likely in the Northeast region from Stella, though the exact track of the low is still somewhat uncertain. Therefore, keep in mind the forecast totals shown on our graphic above could change depending on the exact track of Stella and its evolution.

  • A foot of snow is possible along the Interstate 95 corridor from Stella, including in Boston, Providence, Rhode Island, New York City, and Philadelphia. It's not out of the question that some locations may pick up 18 inches or more of snow.
  • In the mid-Atlantic, including Baltimore and Washington D.C., snow amounts are still somewhat uncertain and dependent on where the rain/snow transition line sets up. The best potential for a foot of snow is likely to be northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor in this area.
  • Snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour are possible during the height of the storm in the most intense bands.
  • Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions, with wind gusts to 50 mph, may occur Monday night through Tuesday in the blizzard watch area.
  • Poor travel conditions will also exist in other parts of the Northeast.

The snow will affect the Monday morning commute in Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee. Snow will continue through the afternoon and evening on Monday in the Great Lakes region, including Chicago and Cleveland.

Please be safe Road Warriors, you know the drill.

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