It may be spring but the only things residents in New England may be cleaning around their property are snow and icicles. A heavy winter snow storm, in spring, is expected to blow into the New England area and visit the region with fierce winds and a large offering of snow. The storm should be expected to arrive late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
The storm should cross Cape Cod, Massachusetts and give southeastern Maine the heaviest snow and strongest winds. According to Accuweather, six to twelve inches of snow can be expected and there are even areas that could see more than a foot.
The storm could receive its strength from a weather phenomenon called “bombogenesis” which is when a storm quickly gathers strength, usually over Atlantic Ocean along the northeast coast. By Wednesday some meteorologists think that this “spring storm” could reach the strength of a Category 3 hurricane. The word “bombogenesis” is a combination of cyclogenesis, which foretells the formation of a cyclone shaped storm, and bomb which gives you an idea of how rapid and destructive the weather could become on Tuesday and Wednesday in this area.
Typically these types of storms occur when there is a “cold continental air mass” meeting a stretch of warm ocean waters, says meteorologist Jeff Haby.
The national weather service has issued a blizzard watch for all of southeastern Massachusetts. Cape Cod, the surrounding islands, and eastern Maine have also been on alert, however, parts of Connecticut should also be on alert.
Meteorologists are calling this storm a blizzard already which means that snow can be expected along with winds of at least 35 mph and visibility less than a quarter-mile for a sustained three hours. Another sign of trouble in the area is that the storm could cause beach erosion and coastal flooding on Wednesday in many parts of New England. As the storm moves up the coast parts of Canada including, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, could all receive hurricane strength winds.
Further complications could arrive south of New England as Accuweather’s Kristina Pydynowski reports that the Appalachians, Virginia and the rest of the Northeast could still experience disrupting snowfall and bitterly cold weather.
For those traveling on the 95 corridor to work, know that a mixture of rain and snow may occur on Tuesday. Also, Washington D.C. might see 1-2 inches and New York City could get as much as three inches. According to the National Weather Service late March snow is very rare in NYC, but there have been two April snow events that have measured up to 10 inches.
On Monday the Northeast and the Midwest were in the midst of a freeze as temperatures were 10 to 20 degrees below their averages. As this winter “bombogenesis” sweeps into New England many areas are experiencing temperatures that are more customary for January than late March. In Saranac Lake, N.Y. on Monday morning the temperature was a robust 25 degrees below zero. Some winter is turning into some spring for the northeast, especially New England.
By Nick Manai
The Weather Channel