Sure, daffodils may be poking up through the ground already. But they’re easily fooled into believing spring is just around the corner. They may be snowed under by yet another mid-March storm on track for the Northeast, AccuWeather forecasters warn.
The weather pattern that set up early March’s bomb cyclone and this week’s nor'easter may bring another burst of rain, snow and winds arriving March 11-12. So plug that prediction into your planning and preparations.
Just enough of an atmospheric road block will remain in place to allow yet another storm the opportunity to slow its forward speed and strengthen significantly upon reaching the Atlantic coast later this weekend.
Depending on how quickly the storm strengthens, it may turn northward and hug the coast enough to bring strong rain, snow, winds, and another round of coastal flooding to the mid-Atlantic and New England, according to Paul Pastelo, long-range meteorologist at AccuWeather. Even if the storm fails to develop to its full nor’easter potential, it may cause further interruptions in repair and restoration operations following the early March storm.
Wet troubles ahead?
Much of the Northeast is already saturated. When spring-like weather finally arrives, be prepared for more flooding, Pastelok warns.
“We have to watch for a much warmer storm past the middle of the month," he says. "That could combine with melting snow to raise the risk of stream and river flooding in the Northeast."